HALSELL, Ala. (AP) - With the economy in shambles, auto reposessions are expected to rise, and violence along with them.
The shooting death of Alabama resident Jimmy Tanks by a repo man in the wee hours of June 26 points to part of the problem. The local sheriff says Tanks did what anyone would have done at 2:30 a.m.—he went outside, armed, to check on the noise.
The repo man, Kenneth Alvin Smith, who faces murder charges, says Tanks fired first.Part of the problem is a largely unregulated industry nationally.
Since Tanks’ death, two other repo men from the same company Smith worked for were shot, one fatally.
Joe Taylor, whose Florida-based company insures repossession companies, said licensing and training is the answer.
All three Alabama shootings were in the middle of the night. An industry leader says that’s a problem, and that smart operators don’t work those hours.