The Realty Watch program and Port Coquitlam sales rep Risa Bassetto found a missing person earlier this month.
Bassetto, a saleperson with Re/Max Results Realty, was alerted through the Realty Watch program, a partnership between local police departments, the RCMP and more than 14,000 Realtors across the Lower Mainland.
She was driving home when she saw an elderly person on the sidewalk. Gut instinct told her something wasn’t right. She checked the Realty Watch fan-out that was sent by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and discovered it was the missing person.
“It was that fan-out and picture that made me call the police” Bassetto says. “If there was no fan-out, they could still be missing.”
Realty Watch is operated by the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Chilliwack and District real estate boards. Realtors observe and report to police any suspicious activity that they may happen upon in their day-to-day business.
In emergency situations, Realtors respond to police requests to search for missing or abducted people, or life threatening situations.