Defense tactics, firearms are options for professionals who work inside homes

Realtors concerned for their safety on the job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Ruth Jacobs' day job is selling homes. Knowing how to handle a gun has become an important hobby for her.

She's been showing homes for 37 years, but it wasn't until a colleague felt threatened, she realized she could be a target.

"A man came in while she was showing a home and the hairs on the back of her neck went up," said Jacobs. "She grabbed her keys and went out the back door and got in her car and called us."

Many of the classes at Home Safety Academy in West Palm Beach are made up of realtors like Jacobs who often encounter the unknown.

"Unfortunately in many cases that realtor is alone and could be at risk," said David D'Eugenio, who runs the school.

D'Eugenio offers students easy options to stay safe. Make sure your home office knows where you are via phone call or text message, and snap a picture of the person so they know you have them on record.

If that's not enough, you can carry a concealed firearm with a permit.

"It's an option and a number of us are prepared," said Jacobs.

It's an option Jacobs supports, but hopes she never has to use.

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