LEE COUNTY, Fla. — After the video of a violent attack of a real estate agent in Southern California went viral earlier this week, Fox 4 is exploring ways in which neighbors can protect themselves as snowbird season nears.
Our local economy is largely driven by tourists who come into town during the months of *November to March* to enjoy the warm weather and beaches while most of the country is experiencing sub-zero temperatures.
While this is great for the growth of our economy, it also comes with an increased safety risk to our community. As we welcome visitors, it is essential to stay abreast of street tactics to defend yourself if an incident occurs.
Fox 4 spoke to local real estate agent, Sandra Wall, about her experience in the industry and how she has learned to protect herself over the years.
"Keep the client in front of you, not behind you. Be really aware of your surroundings. Try to go with your instincts. If you feel like you are in some kind of danger, you're probably right. Better to be safe than sorry," said Wall.
She even shares the experience of her first showing,
"My very first house was a vacant house. And one of the things they warn you of is that if someone shows up at the end of the open house that's a red flag," said Wall.
Owner of Martial Arts University and retired police officer, Jeff Santella reminded us of some household items that could be used in the event of an attack.
"You gotta realize that you're your first responder. Because even on a good day it's gonna take a couple of minutes for the sirens to show up," Santella said.
"Improvised weaponry. She might have had a clipboard. That could have been defensive. Her pen is really in our eyes as martial arts instructors a 'wea-pen,'" Santella said.
And as always, remember to stay aware of your surroundings and if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.