Positive first encounter with LEO while carrying
The experience itsself wasn't all positive, but the encounter with the deputy was all good.
I had to report a break in at a storage unit I rent yesterday evening. My unit is on the back side of the building, out of sight from nearby homes and the highway, and I discovered my lock cut off and the contents of my unit in dissarray. I also noticed locks missing from several other nearby units.
First off, I called the storage facility owner and left a message detailing what I found. Then I headed home and armed myself and picked up the SO ( I stopped on my way home from work and am not permitted to carry while working). We went to the hardware store and picked up a new lock (a circular type lock) and headed back to the unit.
An hour had passed since I had called the owner by the time we arrived, and I had not heard back, so I called the local sheriffs office and reported the break in. While we waited for the responding officer, we did a quick inventory and discovered the only things missing were a few boxes of DVDs. My toolboxes were undisturbed, and most of the rest was just winter stuff and odds and ends.
I also did a thourough search of the surrounding area and found several cut locks, which I noted locations of to point out to the deputy.
When the deputy arrived, I met him at the car with my DL and CCW permit in hand, and informed him I was armed. His reply was "Good, thats what I like to hear."
I assisted the officer in any way possible, and he seemed to appreciate the fact I was willing to stick around and give him a hand. I assume deputies in these large, primarily rural counties, who have to respond alone, probably do appreciate helpful citizens.
All in all, a very good experience, and it's good to know local LE likes people to take responsibility for their own safety.