GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The real estate business can potentially be dangerous, as realtors regularly meet people they don't know, alone, at isolated properties.
To better prepare themselves, local realtors participated in personal and workplace safety training, provided by ACT Cert.
"Real estate transactions can go bad. We don't want them to but they can, and you never really know what's in the mind of somebody that your talking to," Real Estate Training Center of Colorado's Director of Operations Brent Hayes said.
According the Attack Countermeasure Training and Certification website, the number of assaults against realtor estate professionals across the country are on the rise.
ACT Cert reports that realtors across the country have been attacked in model homes, during open houses, and even in their own office.
"We need to know what to do in a particular situation or circumstance, and how to act in order to stay safe. those who know what to do, will be able to do that. those who do not know will become victim," Alon Stivi, founder of ACT Cert said.
Stivi says the "personal and workplace safety" courses give participants a hands-on training in predicting and managing violent threats.
"We work with them on how to respond on a situation where they are by themselves, in a home, at gunpoint or edged weapon involved, or being followed or stalked," Stivi said.
Aiming to save lives through education, Stivi says it's important to always be prepared for the worse.
Another take away from Thursday's training, included six hours of "continuing education" credits for realtors.
For each three-year license cycle, all active real estate brokers must complete 24 hours of continuing education.
For more information about ACT Cert visit https://www.actcert.com/.