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Realtors keep an eye on personal safety

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Real estate agents often meet strangers as they show property. So how do they protect themselves?

Lamar Parker of Parker Security and Investigative Services says realtors are some of the most trustworthy people, but that's not always the case for potential clients. The president of Parker Security and Investigative Services says real estate agents need to remain safe while on the job.

"I rather see people follow the realtor in their own cars instead of riding with a realtor," said Parker.

Dorene Parker of Parker Real Estate says keeping in contact with co-workers can help them remain safe.

"You want an agent or someone in the office to know where you are going and who you're meeting," said Dorene Parker.

"Make sure you're phone has a tracking device on it and try to keep it with you at all times. Have a speed a number on emergency, you can hit one button and it calls back to the office," said Lamar Parker.

With 15 years of experience in real estate, Dorene Parker says it's best to get to know as much about the client before meeting them in person and follow your gut feeling about a person.

"One made we had, he made everybody suspicious when they went in the house and he said, "Oh I didn't see this last time.' He's already seen this house," said Dorene Parker.

Parker show says she and other real estate agents have also taken self-defense classes in order to protect themselves.

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