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Real estate agent safety network debuts online

Virtual message board aims to spread life-saving tips

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RealGuard, a division of Misiu Systems LLC, on Thursday launched the Real Estate Agent Safety Online Network (REASON), a Web-based forum where real estate professionals can exchange news and tips for maintaining workplace safety. Membership in the online bulletin board system is free and it is open to all MLS boards, real estate associations, law enforcement agencies and brokerage offices. "With several violent attacks against agents each month nationwide we feel that it is important to get the information out to the community. We believe that the REASON can act like our industry's own Amber Alert," said Todd Hodgen, founder and CEO of Misiu Systems, which developed the RealGuard Personal Alarm System. "We are purposely launching this service coincident with Realtor Safety Week with the hope that the entire community will continue to focus on safety throughout the year." There has been a spat of real estate violence in recent months. Garland Taylor, an Albuquerque, N.M., Realtor and c...