Real Estate - How do you enter vacant properities?
I am taking my CCW course Jan 8th for home security, and personal protection. I am also a private property owner who routinely shows "my" properties to potential renters.
Here in lies a recent scenario I encountered [minus any protection, other than the cell phone in my pocket]. On my way to my 9-5, I stopped by a vacant property to check the condition. I unlocked the front door noticed the last tenant left the living room a mess, continued into the kitchen its a mess, bathroom was decent, as I turned the corner to enter the master bedroom....in a split second I sensed movement, and instantly noticed a man in the bedroom. Needless to say I was SHOCKED, SCARED...you fill in the blank!!! that he was in "my" so-called vacant house, and shocked at our proximity [2 ft MAX]. As I yelled a few choice words.. I began to backout of the house...
So I guess I have several questions for my fellow brothers/sister of DC:
1) Assuming your armed what would you have done?
2) How would you enter vacant properties?
3) Last, the a typical question...I am considering purchasing a S&W M&P 9, or 9C? FYI, my 9-5 is business professional. Any thoughts?
More great points............
#2.... I will add that to my repritoire immediately...well I guess up until the point when I am legally carrying a weapon as part of my CCW!!!
I'm really glad someone from NC chimed in...Yes your are 110% correct on the deadly force statement. I know this is a message board as such, but if you were to ever get to know me you would know that I am NOT trying to a hero every instance. As in most cases, I would hope to first be able to "quickly" remove myself for a stressful confrontation, without the use of any force.
One of many reasons Florida passed CCW
IIRC, there were many cases of rape/murder of female real estate agents lured to properties to show who were raped and murdered by the "client." Many business women began to carry illegally.
If you go to a property and it is not in the condition it should be, call 911 and let the cops clear the joint. That is what they get paid to do and have the equipment to do so.
If you enter an apartment and are confronted, you are there legally and have every right to defend yourself. It isn't your dwelling. Perhaps in California the courts might even consider it "his" dwelling if the LaRaza or the ACLU gets involved. But real estate is one of the few businesses where you go alone to meet strangers in a private place.
A vacant apartment or house is easy to break into, often the power is turned off, the alarm systems are not active and the place is dark.
If it doesn't look or feel right, don't go. If you have to meet a "client" meet them at a public place first. Have a schedule and have somebody who knows your itinerary.