The Realty Watch program is a standing commitment from the nearly 14,000 REALTORS® in the Lower Mainland to mobilize in the event of a child or vulnerable person going missing in the community. 

This collective pledge from the profession to the public embodies the community-minded approach that REALTORS® bring to their work every day.

“The Realty Watch program deepens the bond between members and the community and residents we serve,” said Jake Moldowan, president, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. “It’s critical, however, that we remind ourselves as professionals that Realty Watch will only remain an effective community safety tool if we stay committed to paying attention to the police-requested fan-outs.”

How does Realty Watch work?

Realty Watch is a community crime prevention program operating across the Lower Mainland, from Whistler to Hope and every community in between. The REALTORS® of the region assist police by acting as ‘extra eyes and ears’ in their communities by responding to ‘fan-outs’ or text messages, sent by the Board, that ask REALTORS® to be on the lookout for a missing child or senior citizen.

The program highlights the critical role that relationships between police and the public can play in making our communities safer, according to the province’s top RCMP leader in crime prevention.

“The Realty Watch Program is both unique and powerful. It can trigger an almost instantaneous mobilization of 14,000 professionals, who are also dedicated and eager citizens willing to engage with the police in support of broader community needs,” said Insp. Terry Kopan, Officer in Charge, "E" Division Crime Prevention & Program Support Services.

“We know policing today is about community building and fostering strong connections. We all have a vested interest in keeping the neighbourhoods where we live and raise our children safe.”

Results

REALTORS® have found three missing people since the program began eleven years ago. Members within the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Chilliwack real estate boards received 21 police-requested fan-outs to help find missing children and vulnerable adults through Realty Watch in 2010.

 

Police ask for a fan-out when missing or abducted children, or missing seniors and vulnerable adults have disappeared in the previous 24 to 48 hours.

On rare occasions, police will ask for REALTORS® help in life-threatening situations that pose an immediate danger to the public.