COBRA-Defense Real Estate Safety Expert John Graden was asked to weigh in on the question, Should Real Estate Agents Wear Body Cams? The article was published August 18, 2018 and written by Melissa Dittmann Tracey

“A body camera could serve as a deterrent, particularly if it was feeding a recording to an offsite location,” says Graden, executive director of Cobra-Defense, a real estate–focused self-defense and safety training program. “But if it’s just recording there and not being transmitted, then there’s nothing to stop the criminal from attacking you and running off with your camera.”

Tampa Bay, Fl.–based real estate safety instructor John Graden says it’s never a good idea to entrust your safety completely to a gadget, smartphone app, or GPS locator. It still takes an average of seven to 11 minutes for authorities to arrive after you call 911, he says, so knowing how to protect yourself in that critical window is vital. “A body camera could serve as a deterrent, particularly if it was feeding a recording to an offsite location,” says Graden, executive director of Cobra-Defense, a real estate–focused self-defense and safety training program. “But if it’s just recording there and not being transmitted, then there’s nothing to stop the criminal from attacking you and running off with your camera.”

But warning clients and prospects that your meeting is being recorded could be an important deterrent, Graden says. He adds that there are options besides body cameras to achieve this. Brokerages may want to consider investing in portable surveillance cameras to set up at open houses, for example, and stream the footage back to the office. “I applaud any effort to keep REALTORS® safer,” Graden says. “[Body cameras are] a step in the right direction. But the best way to save yourself is having the knowledge to protect yourself.”

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