I recently read an article about a repossession agent who in the process of repossessing a vehicle was assaulted by the owner who sprayed him with water from a water hose. This repo agent then pulled a baton from his person and struck the owner of the vehicle resulting in the repo man's arrest by the local police. This is based on an article and has not been researched by yours truly by looking at the actual police report.
I am not a repo agent but I have conducted fugitive recovery, trained others in fugitive recovery tactics and have made numerous arrests of fugitives over a 7 year law enforcement career. I can tell you that it is a dangerous thing to recover a person who doesn't want to be recovered. I can understand carrying a baton, pepper spray or a gun when conducting fugitive recovery operations but do you really need to carry a weapon when conducting a repossession of a vehicle?
In my humble opinion, at a minimum, a Repo agent should wear a bulletproof vest but I don't see the need for a weapon. Can someone give me an example of a situation where you would need to pull a weapon on the owner of a vehicle that you are repossessing? I can't think of any situation where you would need a weapon.