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Sheriff issues alert to Northshore real estate professionals


The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to lure female real estate agents to vacant homes. At the same time, authorities are urging real estate agents, especially women, to be on the alert. "It's not just ...

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TAMMANY AUTHORITIESISSUED THE WARNING, REPORTS FROMBOTH SIDES OF THE LAKE, SOMEONETRYING TO LURE FEMALE AGENTS TOVACANT HOMES.>> IT CONCERNS US GREATLY.YESTERDAY WE HAD A MEETING INTHE OFFICE AND WE DISCUSSED OURPLAN OF ACTION AND WHAT WESHOULD DO BECAUSE IT IS VERYDANGEROUS.>> MOST REAL ESTATE AGENTS,ESPECIALLY A LOT OF FEMALEAGENTS, THEY CAN BECOME VICTIMSAND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE AFRAID OF.HEATH: ALONG WITH THE WARNING,THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ISSUED ALIST OF SAFETY TIPS, PROCEDURESMOST REAL ESTATE OFFICES ANDAGENTS ALREADY FOLLOW, BUT NOW,TOP OF MIND.VERIFY NEW CLIENT INFORMATION,MEET THEM AT THE OFFICE, ALWAYSLET CO-WORKERS KNOW WHERE YOUARE GOING, KEEP THE CELL PHONEHANDY, ALWAYS KEEP THE CLIENT INSIGHT, HAVE AN EXIT PLAN, ANDMOST IMPORTANTLY, TRUST YOURINSTINCTS.>> OUR OFFICE EVEN HAS A CODEWORD, WHICH IS A VERY GOOD THITO HAVE.IF WE CAN GET TO THE PHONE TOCALL AND SAY THAT WORD, THEYTHEY KNOW TO SEND SOMEONE OUTIMMEDIATELY.HEATH: WHILE ST

TAMMANYAUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE THE MOSTRECENT COMPLAINTS, SMITH WANTSTO MAKE SURE REALTORS TO TAKEHIS WARNING SERIOUSLY.TAKE THE PRECAUTIONS, AND BEAWARE.>> GIVING THEM THE WARNING.USE YOUR HEAD.DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN A BADSITUATION THAT COULD TURN OUTREALLY BAD.HEATH: ON THE NORTH SHORE, HEATHALLEN WDSU NEWS. Advertisement Sheriff issues alert to Northshore real estate professionals Someone may be trying to lure female agents to vacant homes Share Shares Copy Link Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WDSU Updated: 6:50 PM CST Feb 1, 2018 Heath Allen Reporter ST

TAMMANY PARISH, La

— The St

Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to lure female real estate agents to vacant homes

At the same time, authorities are urging real estate agents, especially women, to be on the alert."It's not just, you know, random acts

It's people planning these things," Keller Williams Independent Realtor Susie Malloy said. Advertisement Malloy and her colleagues understand the danger that exists

So when St

Tammany authorities issued the warning, they paid attention."It concerns us greatly," Malloy said

"Yesterday (Wednesday), we had a meeting in the office and we discussed our plan of action and what we should do, because it's very dangerous," Malloy said."Most real estate agents, especially a lot of female agents, they can become victims and that's what we're afraid of," St

Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said

His office works closely with the real estate community.Along with the warning, Smith's office released a list of safety tips Realtors should follow:Verify new client's information including name, phone number, email, and any other relevant details.Always tell co-workers where you are going and when you expect to return.Take a friend or co-worker along with you when showing or visiting vacant property.Carry your cellphone in your hand during the showing.Familiarize yourself with the area and the property in case you need to make a quick exit.While touring a property, keep the client in sight, ideally in front of you at all times.Finally, trust your instincts

If something does not feel right, get out of the situation fast

Moreover, always be sure to report any suspicious activity to the authorities."Our office even has a code word, which is a very good thing to have, so that if we can get to the phone to call and say that word, they know to send someone out immediately," Malloy said.While St

Tammany authorities investigate the most recent complaints, Smith wants Realtors to remain alert and aware."Use your head," Smith said

"Don't put yourself in a bad situation that could turn out really bad."Keep up with local news, weather and current events with the WDSU app here

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