Realtors make security changes after Arkansas murder

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Despite nearly 800 miles separating Little Rock, Ark., from Greensboro, the case involving murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter is hitting close to home for some local Realtors.

Carter was allegedly kidnapped and murdered while out showing a home. "Typically being a Realtor, you don't really think about it being a super scary job," explains Kriston Gallop Ashley, Realtor with 360 Realty.

Since the tragedy involving Carter, Ashley has made some changes to how she does business. Previously she would get a phone call from an interested client, ask some questions and then meet the client at the home fairly quickly. That's not the plan for her properties anymore.

"I've actually had two people yesterday and today that were urgent and they said, 'We really need a house and we need it quick,' and I said that's great I would love to meet you, let's meet at my office and let's talk about it," said Ashley.

Ashley says the Realtors within her company have come up with a code word to use just in case of an emergency. "I don't want to live in fear, so I just have to be smart about what I do," said Ashley.

FOX8 did talk with other real estate agents with different companies, most of whom said they too were making or talking about making safety changes.

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