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What are you packing?

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Matt Anzaldo

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Here in CA the REO work has really picked up, thus the inspection at times can be dangerous. I have had homeless people in and out of the subject at the time of the inspection. I have also encountered stray dogs (pitbulls) walking the streets, of course on the subject's street.

I was thinking of getting a taser, pepper spray or a pistol...leaning towards a taser or pepper spray :)

Anyways I was wondering what you use for protection? And has anyone ever been confronted or injured while doing an inspection?

I am seriously thinking of packing something? But what?

Any help, advice or comment I would appreciate.

Thanks.
 
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mdtulips

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I would recommend pepper spray over a taser because with a taser you have to get up close and personal and by then, it might be too late or they can take it out of your hand/grasp. So far, I haven't encountered anything dangerous, but some of these houses are really creepy...profanity on the walls, doorknobs removed with closed doors.......so every room is a surprise. Definitely get the pepper spray!
 

David Dietz

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I go no where with out my Colt 45. I may not carry on my person but it is my vehicle or brief case. I have taken it with me into homes before which were vacant and in questionable neighborhoods, however, I am getting older and now have offspring so if push came to shove and I was concerned I would phone the local PD explain what I am doing and request for an officer to meet me at the property in question. This is the best course of action and the safest.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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cheap whiskey...throw them a bottle and run. wine if they are wearing white socks and a suit coat... :rof:
 

athome77

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Bearslide

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I prefer the company of a big, burly cop. They are always accomodating.........and packing a cop is safer than packing a weapon that could be turned on you.
 

Obsolescent

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I keep pepper spray in my glove box for such occassions. I have never had to use it.
 

James Micozzi

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Bearslide;1621214.... [B said:
packing a weapon that could be turned on you.[/B]

Spoken like a true liberal. Maybe the cops in your town have the time but here in NYC, calling the cops to watch you while you inspect the subject is not an option. The most important thing is to use your head and not put yourself in the position in the first place to have to rely on your firearm. I rather have it and not have to use it then not have it and needed to use it. Words to live by:new_2gunsfiring_v1:
 

Artemis Fowl

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About 10 inches

Gonna get in trouble but that thread title was just too much to resist...so is the wishful thinking. :)
 
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