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Realtors Trained in Self Defense, Theft Prevention

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Parts of the country are seeing a rise in prescription drug thefts at real estate open houses, but realtors in the St. Louis area say that’s not what they’re worried about.

Coldwell Banker Gundaker President Jim Dohr says realtors are trained to watch out for thefts during home visits, but they’re also trained in self defense.

“Sales associates are meeting with people who they don’t know really well, you need to make sure you know who you’re dealing with and that they’re certainly, legitimately, interested in the business of buying and selling property, and don’t have something else more sinister on their mind.” He said.

He says there’s national training courses for realtors to prevent harassment and assault. He says realtors have a buddy system and often call back to their offices to let their coworkers know they’re safe.

But he says that theft is still a problem from time to time when having an open house. He says realtors always caution those selling a home to lock up valuables and to clean out the medicine cabinet before letting strangers walk through.

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