Do I carry into the office lock boxes or leave pistol in rig?

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    Do I carry into the office lock boxes or leave pistol in rig?

    Do I carry into the office lock boxes or leave pistol in rig?

    First some back ground. I work in probably the worst area in my town. Donít get me wrong this area is way better then what a lot of you guys put up with but its bad for around here. Just last year we had two ladies of the night killed in two different locations by the same guy all within 500 feet of my office. We have a couple half way houses on the same block. Two of the houses across the street where used to deal drugs out of for the better part of a year before the cops shut them down. At least once a week one of the ladyís that work here will call into the office looking for someone to come outside and escort them from there car into the building due to someone lurking around on the street. I have been accosted by drug dealers, panhandled for money and almost ran over by a drunk driver. At this time we do have a security guard that walks around kinda, what can I say they are mostly college students doing part time work.

    Hereís the situation. I am expecting my CWP any day so I have not started carrying yet. I plan on carrying to work but since I work in a federal building I can not carry while at work. I do park on a public street. My plan was to lock my pistol in a metal pistol box under the seat of my rig. (I have a box similar to the COM box coming from Cabelaís.) My rig has an alarm on it which I can hear from my office when I am there.

    I have just learned that the office is planning on putting weapons lockers at the main door so people can store weapons while in the building. As a side note we have been pushing for this as with the government pushing the go green stuff more and more people, mostly woman, are taking the train and buses to work arriving and leaving in the dark. These people cannot even carry pepper spray as its illegal to have in the building as well as a knife with a blade over 2 Ĺ inches. I have been handing out Mini Mag flash lights as well as info to web sites which sell pepper spray to these ladyís in hopes that they will have something to see with and maybe be able to protect themselves with.

    My dilemma is do I carry into the office and lock my pistol up in the lock boxes or do I leave it in the truck? I really donít want the whole world knowing that I carry which is what would happen if at least twice a day I was at the lock boxes with a pistol. But on the other hand I would be able to protect myself better from my rig to the office (about 100 feet walk). Then again I have 3 ways to exit the building if need be 2 of which are closer to my rig then the main doors and one of these is very discrete. Now if the situation arises that I have to leave the building by another exit without my pistol if in the lock boxes I sure would not be going to my rig it get a weapon to come back with, I would be calling the police and leaving the danger area. So I probably would not care if I had my weapon or not at this point.

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    If the neighborhood is that bad, then by leaving in the car it could get stolen, at least if it is checked in, you have it safe and can use it when you leave the building.
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    If they are providing lockers, use them.

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    If they put in weapons lockers, let's hope some use them. I would. I might also keep an extra weapon in the rig....
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    Carry it into the building and use the lock boxes. A lot of things can happen in that 100' walk from your vehicle. The CoM safe and vehicle alarm system provide some security, your vehicle is still vulnerable to theft. Given a few minutes the safe will be breached and your weapon will be in the hands of the thief.
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    Personally; I'd opt out for the lock boxes. Give it some thought, on how long it'd take someone bent on stealing the weapon, to break into your rig, and yank out the Com box!! I have not purchased a box yet, but feel that it'd just delay the ineventful from happening.
    How about approaching the higharchy, and ask them to install outside lighting? At least if there was a crime committed after dark, it would be tougher to conceal.

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    We have been asking our federal employer to install lock boxes at the main gate, but they just won't budge. You are lucky to get such a concession, so use it!
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    I would choose the lock-box option.

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    Well we don't have the boxes yet, we will see if and when it happens.

    About 8 months ago my drivers side window was smashed here at the office. They didn't get anything but I am sure they were not expecting an alarm on my 1995 rig.

    Thanks for the reply's guys.

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    Let me spin it in a diffrent way. Why not as a group have somebody come in an offer a basic self-defensive course. I am sure that they is a local gym that would be willing to send an instructor to the group. Then follow up with a more advance course and then a OC class and then finally a CCW class for the office. Then maybe more people will take your lead a get their CCW's. Safer for everybody. I too would have a COM box in my vehicle they way you described the neighborhood it is a matter of when the vehicles start getting broken into not if. Once the first firearm is found in a vehicle it will be open season for all vehicles. If there are lockers insid ethe building I would use them. Get a nice holster and slip it into the locker. Better safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BkCo1 View Post
    If they are providing lockers, use them.

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    +1 I would do the same.
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    I think I'd use the lockers too!
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    I'd use the lockers...no question of it. From what you describe...being accosted by panhandlers, dead hookers and so on...I wouldn't risk it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddy View Post
    Do I carry into the office lock boxes or leave pistol in rig?

    First some back ground. I work in probably the worst area in my town. Donít get me wrong this area is way better then what a lot of you guys put up with but its bad for around here. Just last year we had two ladies of the night killed in two different locations by the same guy all within 500 feet of my office. We have a couple half way houses on the same block. Two of the houses across the street where used to deal drugs out of for the better part of a year before the cops shut them down. At least once a week one of the ladyís that work here will call into the office looking for someone to come outside and escort them from there car into the building due to someone lurking around on the street. I have been accosted by drug dealers, panhandled for money and almost ran over by a drunk driver.

    And you say you don't consider this BAD?

    I am glad I don't have near this much to deal with. I think your past years experience equals the entire crime history for my whole town.
    We did have two muders and a police involved suicide this past year so they are adding two more full time officers and increasing patrol time for two others.

    I don't know if you have any "pull" or input into the location of the lockers, but if you do you could suggest they be placed in an area that is shielded from public view. This way at least no one can see what you are carrying and how. If you can manage to sneak in and out of the lockerroom, no one will know your carrying.

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    Use it. You'll have it for the walk to/from the car.
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