Is Protection Necessary?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by gclayton86, Mar 5, 2014.

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    OFTOTR Medium Load Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Toccoa GA
    Some people are too stupid to leave home, safely, and will be victims wherever they go.

    It is possible to get robbed, mugged, or worse, in some of the areas we have to go to, you just have to keep your eyes open, and doors locked.
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  3. gpsman

    gpsman Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    Dang. I must need a vision exam.
  4. x#1

    x#1 Road Train Member

    Dec 24, 2009
    Cherokee County, Alabama
    they won't because they know you don't have $100.00.
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  5. stevep1977

    stevep1977 Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    You'll need plenty of rubbers to fend off all of those lot lizards that will be beating down your door
  6. x#1

    x#1 Road Train Member

    Dec 24, 2009
    Cherokee County, Alabama
    reads as if you have taken the prophylactic tour with lot lizards numerous times.
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  7. Mev

    Mev Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Last time I posted on one of these boards about how safe it is out here , I promptly began getting pestered by lizards , street hustlers , etc.

    All I can say is good luck
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  8. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Me personally, I like to have protection. In the old days, I carried my 38 spl in my briefcase, into and out of truckstops/ shippers everywhere. The only time I thought I might need it was at a rest stop in Ct. where a ### cruised up slowly to my truck while I was doing my paperwork before hitting the bunk. he kept flashing his lights and I was ignoring him. Funny, there was only 1 other vehicle in this rest stop. I love Az. where i"m a part time resident and you can open carry or conceal carry anywhere. But I have to tell you some drivers can irritate the hell-o out of me and I feel like I would pull my weapon and blow them away if they continued to bother me. And that scares me.
  9. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    I drove otr solo for 9 yrs of my carreer and never had trouble.Besides how is guns suppose to help if you're sleeping.If someone wants to hijack you,they're going to do so and you can't stop them.Especially if a couple thugs are there.
  10. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    Cbicago and New Jersey have passed laws that make it legal to spray a poison into someone's face and mouth?

    Might be better off getting mace or bear spray. You might also want to Google "wasp spray urban myth" and check into the legality of using a poison as a weapon. It is illegal in quite a number of states.
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  11. HighCountry

    HighCountry Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    Stephenville, Texas
    Obviously, situational awareness and smart practices like stopping at full/well lit truck stops, not smarting off to someone that might have a gun, not being aggressive are all going to help. But do I really need to assume that every car following me, every person approaching me, is going to try to mess...
    All good things to practice now but alittle paranoid maybe, jmo.
    37yrs never a problem and back in the day those dim lit trkstp's was where the fun was, Alameda, Ontario 76', Calumet, most I can't remember....pretty foggy back then.
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