BCREA Offers Reward for Information Relating to BC REALTOR® Assault
Vancouver, BC – July 19, 2013. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) will provide a reward of $10,000 to any person who comes forward with information that leads directly to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent attack on a Lower Mainland REALTOR®.
“Thankfully, these incidents are rare, but they do happen,” said BCREA Chief Executive Officer Robert Laing. “REALTOR® safety is an important area of concern for all of us in the real estate profession. In support of the REALTOR®, her family and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, BCREA hopes this reward for information will assist in bringing justice in the case.”
On July 17, Coquitlam RCMP released a composite sketch of the man accused of the assault that took place at a Port Coquitlam open house in early May. BCREA's reward is available until July 18, 2014, for information that leads directly to the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrator of this assault.
The Association also advises REALTORS® to take precautions and help ensure their safety in their day-to-day real estate practice. When meeting clients, especially for the first time, meet in your office or a public space, have more than one person at meetings and open houses, and always have a cell phone at your side. Also ensure that a colleague, friend or family member knows where you are at all times and when you will be back, don’t publicize personal information, and always trust your instincts. For more information on REALTOR® safety, from the Canadian Real Estate Association, click here.
To view the Coquitlam RCMP’s news release and help identify the perpetrator, click here. If you have any information that may be relevant to this case, please contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604.945.1550 and quote file number 2013-12208. To provide information anonymously, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477(TIPS) or visit www.solvecrime.ca.
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BCREA represents 11 member real estate boards and their approximately 18,000 REALTORS® on all provincial issues, providing an extensive communications network, standard forms, economic research and analysis, government relations, applied practice courses and continuing professional education (cpe).
To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that encourage economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, respect the environment and build communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.