Real Estate Agents Engage in Self-Defense Classes

High-profile cases like the slaying of real estate agent Beverly Clark in Arkansas have sparked safety concerns throughout the housing sales world.
2:43 | 01/16/16

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It took less than an hour to come to the verdict of a man accused of killing and kidnapping a real estate agent. Beverly Clark disappeared and her body later found in a shallow grave. Her death illustrating just how dangerous the world of real estate can be and Rebecca Jarvis is back with a look at what some agents are now doing to protect themselves. Why is this room full of agents in New Jersey learning how to stab someone in the eye. My thumb is in your eye socket. Taking a self-defense course specifically tailored for real estate agents because their job can be downright dangerous. I make sure foremost I have an exit strategy. I open the Gates on the back of the house. I hope the back door. Real estate mogul and "Shark tank" star Barbara Corcoran says you never know who will be coming to check out that listing and they may be walking away with more than the property fact sheet. In the last decade more than 20 real estate agents were murdered according to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics. Being in the real estate business is one of the most high risk businesses in the nation. And yet people don't know about it. Reporter: In Florida one man accused of robbing two different realtors at gunpoint. One bound with zip ties and made to demand a $50,000 ransom from her husband. He said no. The police department. I'm a realtor. That's when the suspect moved on to a second realtor, robbing her at gunpoint. He says, sorry about this and I turn and look at him and there's a gun pointed between my eyes. That suspect Paul Pinkston facing a life sentence. He has pleaded not guilty. A real estate agents sitting ducks? They are. Nothing is more essential to the real estate business than a new customer. And a new customer could be a good customer or it could be the wrong customer. Reporter: And it's mostly female agents who are meeting Mr. Wrong customer. Women make up 60% of the real estate agent population and it is a requirement of the job to market yourself relentlessly to perfect strangers. Being open like that, of course, makes them a lot more vulnerable. Get off. Back. Reporter: As they why it may be good to get this training in case you have to take matters into your own hands. For "Good morning America," Rebecca Jarvis, ABC news, new York. Probably not a bad idea. Nope. After all those stories.

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