Hello Gary: I have been a Realtor for 20 years 3/18/08. I was attacked in an exclusive neighborhood early in my career. I received a floor call, received basic information and away I went. The home was vacant, contemprary style, one level with a basement. As trained, I got there early, turned on all of the lights, upstairs and then in the basement. When I came back upstairs to await my "potential client" I was grabbed from behind in a choke hold. I managed to break his hold after he flipped me onto the living room floor, ripped my blouse open and proceeded to try and get my skirt up. The only thing that saved me was my being flat on my back and my mind telling me to take his eyes or his groin. I did both. Enough for him to be caught off guard to release his hold. I ran for the front door and found it WAS CHAINED AND LOCKED. I did not chain the door. I ran across the street and an elderly couple would not answer the door because they saw this crazy woman banging on their door. I was screaming for them to call the police and they just stood there and looked at me with fright in their eyes. Needless to say, I broke their front window to get their attention to call the police. The individual was not apprehended that day, however, he was apprehended by DNA 10 years ago. Today, 20 years later here is what I do. I do not, under any circumstances meet anyone at a property w/o them coming to my office first. Show I.D. or move on. Not one person or couple has ever said I will not come to your office or show ID. I sit new construction: I always have an out. I have been trained to protect myself, I have an alliance with many homeowners, and if I have a gut feeling about the potential customer as a threat, I lock the door. Education is key for safety. Everyone, please, think before you act. It could very well be life or death. Obviously, you need not be terrified of your profession. I am living proof. Just be aware of your surroundings, talk to your broker about "safe words", take a class on self defense (armed or unarmed). Just be aware. I love my profession. So should you. Be safe.