UPDATE: March 21, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
While authorities confirmed this morning that the bombing suspect is dead, we do not yet know if he was acting alone or with others. It's also possible the suspect shipped or placed additional packages in the city that haven't been identified yet. It's important for REALTORS® to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you see any possible device that looks out of place, whether it's a package, a bag or a backpack, leave it alone and call 911.
Original Post: March 20, 2018
The Austin Board of REALTORS® team is alarmed to hear of more bombing incidents targeting members of the Austin community. I share your frustration that we don’t yet have answers on why this is happening, who is responsible, and when there might be another incident.
REALTORS® are in a unique position with regard to this developing situation. You serve as the eyes and ears in neighborhoods all over the city and should alert law enforcement immediately by calling 911 if you see suspicious packages or something that seems out of place. Please take extra precautions while showing listings and be mindful of your surroundings at all times.
Austin is a close-knit community and our hearts and sincerest thoughts are with the families affected by these recent tragedies.
To keep up with the latest, you can follow the Austin Police Department on Twitter, and on APD’s website you’ll find a guide to identifying suspicious packages. Please feel free to share with fellow agents and your clients.
Thank you so much and please reach out if you have questions, concerns or ideas for keeping your fellow REALTORS® safe.