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POM Safe Profile: Realtor Darren Klein

POM Safe Profile: Realtor Darren Klein

A licensed agent for eXP Realty in Montclair New Jersey, Darren Klein’s decade in the business has taught him a thing or two about staying safe. We caught up with him and got his 411 on meeting new people safely on the job. 

How did you get into real estate?

I’ve been a real estate agent for the past 10 years. I’m a pretty social guy and I have a strong business background, and I love that there’s something new every day. You wear many different hats whether it’s marketing or an inspection and not tied to a desk.


How does safety play into your work?

When I chose this career, I never thought my safety would be an issue. But spend enough time showing homes and you quickly learn it is. I’d say there’s many one realtor out of a hundred who hasn’t been in an uncomfortable situation. Agents and brokers talk a lot about safety, the do’s and don’ts, but the truth is our job is all about meeting people we haven’t met before, and there are situations that can go bad very fast. 


Not all of us are showing houses, but be it a work meeting or a date, we all occasionally have meetings with new people in unfamiliar environments. Any tips that you’ve developed on the job?

First off, I only meet people in daylight. I always take my keys out, and I let them walk in front of me, including up and down any stairways. If they want to go to the basement, I say I’m allergic and stay back. 

I also used to have a system with my wife: I would let her know when I had a showing, I’d give her the address of the property, and I’d have her call me at a specific time. She would ask me what I wanted for dinner–Chinese food or pizza. If I said Chinese food, she knew that was the signal to call the police. 


Now that you have a POM, how do you use it?

I keep the POM in my front pocket and then I keep my hand over the front pocket. It’s very reliable, very discreet, and much less complicated than constantly having to talk about fake dinner plans. 


Introducing POM Personal

Introducing POM Personal

Over the past four years we’ve been on a mission to provide a smarter, more effective way to put safety at the touch of a button.

Until last year, we were exclusively focused on providing thousands of POM devices to college campuses and hospital systems. But in light of strong demand, we’re now making it available to the consumer market to give everyone an extra layer of protection.

For us, this mission is personal. In 2012, we lost a dear friend to a random act of violence, a tragedy that may have been avoided if they had fast, accurate, and discreet access to emergency responders.

POM Personal is equipped with all the key features that have made the POM an essential device among students and healthcare workers. Available on both monthly and yearly plans, it requires no setup beyond activation and an app download. From there, direct path to emergency help is just a tap away.

We’re incredibly excited about this new chapter, and look forward to providing you with an additional layer of safety through the POM, and to spreading some peace of mind together.