HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– In the wake of an attack on a real estate agent in Lincoln County, Tennessee over the weekend, local real estate agents are looking over their safety protocols.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for Scotty Wayne Bolin since Saturday. They allege Bolin met a Remax realtor at a residence on Patrick Rd in the Park City area under the guise of wanting to buy the property when he held her a knife-point and demanded money, according to investigators.
Bolin attempted to make the realtor get into a car to get money. The realtor was able to then escape, according to investigators.
Every day, agents interact with strangers and put themselves at risk. The nature of showing real estate makes agents vulnerable to attack. Over at Amanda Howard Real Estate in Huntsville employees say things are tense because of what happened to the Remax realtor just over the border in Tennessee.
“I think we are all thinking about safety right now that is a very scary situation,” Clair Lee says.
Lee says before ever meeting with a client at a property she asks them to come to their offices.
The Huntsville Realtor Association works to alert all the offices if they receive any information about potential danger our people who are acting strange.
“I do carry pepper spray with me but a lot of times it just comes down to trusting your gut instinct and if I get that feeling something is not right I wont go into a property with that person alone,” Lee added.