Tragedy sparks increased safety measures for realtors - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Tragedy sparks increased safety measures for realtors

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Following the kidnapping and murder of realtor Beverly Carter, safety protocols have been enhanced at real estate offices across the state.

"This has been such a tragedy and we wanna make sure this never happens again," Crye-Leike Executive Broker Rick McKenzie told Region 8 News.

Carter's alleged murderer is currently behind bars but that hasn't stopped local offices from setting up new guidelines to keep their agents safe.

Meeting a stranger in an empty home is a scary thought for most but it's a daily reality for realtors.

"We do here in rural arkansas, we're pretty comfortable, we think everybody's good," McKenzie said.

But Carter's death in September was a terrifying reminder of what can happen and it's prompted increased safety measures for realtors across the state.

"Now, we prefer to meet the client at the office first," McKenzie said.

McKenzie said some of the safety increases might seem extreme but they're in place for a good reason.

"Someone that's got ill-intent is less likely to meet you at the office and let other people see them," he explained.

Safety measures have always been in place for before and after meeting a client.

"Tell someone where you're going, who you're going to meet. If possible, even their number so we're able to know as much as possible," McKenzie said. "Text someone when you get there so they know you're comfortable."

Now stronger precautionary measures should keep agents safe while on the job, especially if they feel unsafe.

"Have an excuse ready, a reason to leave, if you don't feel comfortable when you get there," he said.

Beverly Carter worked for Crye-Leike Realty in Central Arkansas. 

McKenzie said since her death, the company has created the "Beverly Carter Safety Class" that all agents will be required to take before graduating from Crye-Leike college.

The course will cover topics like parking with an escape route and checking out vacant property before you enter a home.

"So we're going to be reviewing and every step we can to try to prevent this from ever happening again," McKenzie said.

McKenzie said other real estate companies in town have implemented stricter safety policies as well but he said agents from competing companies have always let each other know if a suspicious person seemed to be targeting realtors.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All Rights Reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    FBI, investigators assist in search for missing autistic teenager

    FBI, investigators assist in search for missing autistic teenager

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-02-17 17:46:31 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 1:49 PM EST2018-02-18 18:49:21 GMT

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

  • Doggett and Baughn to represent Jonesboro at Miss Arkansas

    Doggett and Baughn to represent Jonesboro at Miss Arkansas

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:46 AM EST2018-02-18 05:46:15 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-02-18 18:03:56 GMT
    Emily Doggett smiles and waves after being crowned Miss Greater Jonesboro 2018. (Source: KAIT-TV)Emily Doggett smiles and waves after being crowned Miss Greater Jonesboro 2018. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    Arkansas State University student Emily Doggett is crowned Miss Greater Jonesboro 2018 and Jonesboro High School's Izzy Baughn is chosen Miss Greater Jonesboro Outstanding Teen 2018. 

    Arkansas State University student Emily Doggett is crowned Miss Greater Jonesboro 2018 and Jonesboro High School's Izzy Baughn is chosen Miss Greater Jonesboro Outstanding Teen 2018. 

  • Slideshow: Craighead Co. Feb. 18-24 mug shots

    Slideshow: Craighead Co. Feb. 18-24 mug shots

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:47 PM EST2018-02-18 17:47:54 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-18 18:00:10 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

    A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Powered by Frankly