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Stand-Your-Ground crime series Part Two: Defenders of personal property must be ultra-discerning

The scenarios to defend one’s property are numerous and complex, and require a solid understanding and self-study of state law.

Law enforcement officials say that in preparing one’s home or property for the protection of property, one of the first things a household manager should do is analyze the weaknesses of the home or property.

Cory Hillesheim was on the Windom police force for 15 years and served as assistant chief for seven years. Hillesheim said the property owner should put themselves in the shoes of a criminal and understand what they are looking for.

“They look to prey on the weak spots, and the vulnerable,” said Hillesheim. “So in order to prevent easy crimes for them, citizens need to take steps to avoid being an easy victim.”
Concerning property means getting in the habit of locking one’s doors and vehicles, and making sure not to leave things in open view to be observed or coveted.

This is especially true with weapons, said Cottonwood County Sheriff Jason Purrington. There are over 300 million firearms in America and it is believed that Cottonwood County is well represented in those gun numbers per capita.

For much more on this feature story, please see the March 20 edition of the Citizen.

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