10 ProfessionsThat Should Concealed Carry
The 10 Professions That Should Concealed Carry
- Process Servers
- Interior Designers
- Insurance Agents
- Business Owners
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Realtors. Of this list, Realtors are the most vulnerable—this quote drives the point home (pun intended) of why real estate agents take the number one spot, “A real estate agent makes a living meeting a complete stranger in an empty home,” says Tracey Hawkins, owner and safety product speaker at Safety and Security Source.
According to the article the Top 6 Crimes Against Real Estate Agents, “Agents may encounter squatters, angry former homeowners or even encounter abandoned pets that may be aggressive,” says Hawkins. “These properties are often meth labs, or pot houses, and encroaching upon them is dangerous.” The article goes on to say, violence is quite a problem in the field. The real estate and rental and leasing occupation has seen an average of 75 deaths a year from 2003 to 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Hawkins is seeing more agents carrying pepper spray, guns and Taser guns as safety measures.
The piece by Housing Wire, list 10 things agents can do to be safe when conducting Open Houses:
- Try to have at least one other person working the open house with you.
- Check cell strength and have emergency numbers programmed in speed dial
- Check all rooms when entering for the first time, determine an escape route. Make sure all deadbolts are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
- Make sure the backyard has an exit that you can maneuver
- Have Open House visitors sign in
- When showing the home, always walk behind the prospect (direct them, do not lead them.)
- Avoid attics, basements and being trapped in small rooms
- Notify someone in your office, your answering service, a friend that you will be calling in every hour. And if you do not, that they are to call you.
- Inform neighbors you will be showing the house and ask them to keep an eye and ear out for anything out of the ordinary.
- Do not assume everyone has left the house at the end of the open house. Check all rooms and backyard prior to locking doors. And be prepared to defend yourself if necessary!
Attorneys can become targets because of dissatisfied or disgruntled clients. And like physicians and judges, attorneys are in the criminal’s cross-hairs because they are often in the 1% of income earners.
The online article, Threats Against Attorneys Are More Common Than You Think says that attorneys are regularly threatened and verbally abused by their own clients. It is so common place—many believe it comes with the job. The article goes on to say, “People are at their worst when they go to see an attorney. Whatever it is, they’re at a point where they are in a conflict that they do not know how to handle or can not handle,” said Stephen Kelson, an attorney from Utah who studies violence against the profession. “The attorneys end up being an outlet.”
A survey based study of 22 states, conducted over the past 10 years, show 35.5 percent to 46.5 of registered attorneys have been threatened or assaulted, claims Kelson. These threats included stalking, phone calls, letters, emails, texts, online posts, verbal threats of violence or death, and attempts to hire hitmen. The actual acts of violence ranged from vandalism and tampering with vehicles to physical assaults.
The article went on to state that those in family or criminal law are at the highest risk. These are powder kegs of emotion to start with, and do not need much of an ignition source to blow! Acts of violence or intimidation happen mostly at courthouses or in attorneys’ offices, but they were also reported to have happened while the attorneys were traveling, in jails or prisons visiting clients, and at their own homes.
Process Servers are the proverbial messengers that could have coined that phrase- “Don’t shoot the Messenger!” The article Assault on Process Servers Continues in 2015 states that many people being served become hostile, while process servers are just trying to do their job. They are also upholding constitutional rights by providing the defendant with due process. Since 2012 over 100 assaults have been reported. These guys and gals in this profession, often get cameos in dramas on television, but in real life, they really experience a lot of dangerous drama.
Interior Designers who go to locations to meet clients face similar exposure and risk as real estate agents.
Judges are protected by federal law. It is illegal to threaten a government official but it happens quite often. The article, Violence Against Attorneys and Judges: Protecting Yourself Before and After a Threat states that judges come in contact with lots of high-risk litigants, that suffer a host of conditions, i.e., Paranoid Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder and a litany of other disorders with a whole host of behaviors that can be dangerous for judges. These persons are higher risk for future violence, including homicide, suicide attempts. These often undiagnosed mental illnesses may express themselves in criminal violence. Certain explosive situations can compound the risk. Paranoid delusions may make these people view the justice system and by extension, the judge as the enemy. These threats can be covert or more concealed.
Contractors work in a high-pressure industry. On occasion this can escalate to confrontation. Things have been known to bubble over into verbal threats, fights, flared tempers and acts of violence. Disagreements with clients or customers, subcontractors and suppliers can be highly abrasive. Construction is mainly a male bastion and a bravado, testosterone laden eco-system where chest bumping and the proverbial pissing matches occur regularly. This is the perfect storm for an assault. The Utility Contractor Online says contractors should look out for these characteristics:
- Anti-Social tendencies
- Inability to get along with others
- Patterns of verbal harassment or abusive behavior towards others
- Sense of moral superiority or righteousness
- Frequent displays of temper or anger
- Tendency to feel wronged of humiliated
- Tendency to hold grudges or blame others
- Fascination with guns and weapons
Pharmacist have great potential to be targeted because of the opioid epidemic and access to controlled substances. The Pharmacy Times states that robberies are by far the biggest concern and by the very nature of the product, you become a target. They further state that in a large number of cases the suspect has been in the establishment before and is sizing up the layout, security and the sense of awareness by employees. One key recommendation the site makes is that no one ever opens or closes the store alone. I would also add that the pharmacist or tech take different routes home and watch for signs of being followed. And to always be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
Insurance agents face similar threats to Interior Designers and Real Estate Agents.
Jewelers have the biggest risk of robbery because of the high ticket, high value items such as diamonds, gold, gemstones, jewelry and expensive watches that they often transport on their person to and from home to their respective places of business.
The online resource, Jewelers’ Security Alliance: Crimes Against U.S. Jewelry Firms Up 12% In 2017 states that there were five homicides of jewelers in 2017 down from six in 2016. Between 1996 and 2006 there were 82 jewelers killed. By its very nature this is a dangerous profession! Jewelers should take all of the security precautions of pharmacist.
Business owners are often targets if the business is a cash business or if the business is doing well. Financial success can catapult the owner into the sights of a would-be criminal.
Women in these professions become an even more attractive target to the predatory criminal looking for an easier target. The Government website, Office for Women takes the position that violence against women can have significant impacts on the workplace. They further report that workplaces can be used as places for perpetrators to harass women and to locate their whereabouts. Most of the above occupations are off site and remote, which gives greater pause, because these women are often isolated and alone, which makes them more vulnerable to attacks especially if the offender stalks his victims.
Each of these professions has its own challenges and inherent dangers. Each and every one of these professions should seriously consider concealed weapons training and should carry a firearm for added security and personal protection, (if in or around the Windy City, look up Pew Pew Guru for Chicago firearm training profiled in the Patch Newspaper) With training in marksmanship and the law, professionals can effectively learn to protect themselves with a handgun and avoid becoming a victim.
I Firmly Believe These Professions Should Concealed Carry!
Stigma aside, carrying a firearm is a sensible way to reduce your risk of becoming a statistic and a smart choice to ensure that you win an armed encounter. In the meantime, I will continue to scream the mantra—Don’t Be A Victim, from the top of my lungs to anyone who will listen!