Being a real estate agent is a dangerous job, but there are ways you can protect yourself, according to a Houston police officer who conducts seminars for Realtors in concert with the Houston Association of Realtors. "The most important thing you can do is to always be aware of your surroundings," said Officer Jesse Martinez of the Houston Police Department. Martinez has given seminars to 400 Realtors in the area as part of its Sold On Safety program with the HAR. Criminals are looking for people who seem lost or preoccupied, Martinez said. That way, they can take advantage of the element of surprise to overpower their victim before he or she has a chance to fight back, he said. Going into empty houses with strangers is dangerous, but there are a number of ways to minimize the danger, Martinez said. "Never meet anyone at a residence without meeting them at your office first and getting a chance to interview them, exchange information with them and feel them out," Martinez said. ...
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