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REALTOR® helps find missing person

 
 
 
 
 
 






Port Coquitlam REALTOR® Risa Bassetto was integral to finding a missing person earlier this month.

Risa 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.

“Risa was instrumental in finding this elderly person,” said Detective Constable Raymond Payette, Vancouver Police Department (VPD). “She and the Realty Watch program allowed us to find this senior safe.”

Risa 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 VPD and discovered it was the same person.

“It was that fan-out and picture that made me call the police” Risa said. “If there was no fan-out, they could still be missing.”

Past successes

• A White Rock Realtor received a police fan-out and realised the elderly woman he had just helped was listed as missing in May 2009.

• The Langley RCMP credits Realty Watch with the swift discovery and return of a missing teenager in July 2006. 

Realty Watch is a community crime prevention program operating across the Lower Mainland since 1995. It’s 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 a police or RCMP requests to search for missing or abducted persons, or life threatening situations. 

Learn more at the Realty Watch website at www.realtywatch.net. 

 

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