Never park in a space where you can be blocked in by another vehicle.
Have a plan of action.
Before approaching the domain, know where the exits are located.
Have your cell phone charged and handy at all times.
Never turn your back on the person who is receiving the papers. It is impossible to know for sure what reaction you will receive.
Expect the unexpected and use your common sense at all times.
Trust your ‘gut instinct’ if you believe you’re in a dangerous situation. Just leave!
If you are pretty sure you will create drama, (ex. divorce papers or a restraining order), request law enforcement meets you at the location.
Most process servers depend on the ‘gut’ instinct on a daily basis. If a situation doesn’t feel right, leave it.
Remain professional and courteous at all times, even if the client loses his/her temper. Try to keep a smile on your face and keep your personal space.
The debate of firearms is one many processors consider. Some individuals believe carrying a container of pepper spray is all that is needed.
Others do carry a gun, but are well-trained and practice on the range. Many are required to pass a bi-annual shooting test to renew the license. Back to an adage,
“When in doubt, Phoenix Process Server leave it out.”