Open House Robbery Puts Agent Safety Back in Spotlight

As a result of the recent LA robbery during an open house, the Pacific West Association of Realtors (PWAR) has issued a warning to its members to be careful and aware of their surroundings at open houses.

No one was harmed in the robbery in Orange County, CA, but the prospective homebuyer, whom police report the robber likely targeted and followed to the open house, did lose some cash.

“There haven’t been any other incidents this year that I know of,” said Nancy Gilmore, CEO of PWAR. “We just want to make sure people are safe when they’re showing open houses,” she said.

Crimes against real estate agents have continued to increase in 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 940 assaults against real estate agents, up from 620 in 2009 and 170 in 2008.

RE-Insider would like to add our own note of caution. While it’s impossible to avoid danger entirely, please practice extreme care when on the job.