WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Following the arrest of a Wichita Falls woman who police say tried to run over a man repossessing her car, a repo man is speaking out about how dangerous the job can be.
George Cook, owner of George's Towing has been in the business for more than 30 years and repossess about ten vehicles a week.
"As a repo man I am a middle man," said Cook. "I am paid to do a job and that's what I do."
Cook said he has been stabbed, shoved and one person even sent a dog after him.
"You know typical stuff, but we try to not have any contact with the debtor when we're repossessing," said Cook.
That is why he hooks vehicles up quickly. He can do it in less than ten seconds.
He said something he does to try and stay safe is always showing up in his wrecker, so people know why he is there. But still, he said even though it is nothing personal some people do not see it that way.
"It's not our fault we're there," said Cook. "We don't know you, we don't know your situation, we just get paperwork and we are coming to get the vehicles."
Cook said those who want to get into the business have to go through training, get the proper insurance and certify their trucks with the Texas Department of License and Registry.
However, a Wichita Falls lawyer said repo men do not have to show up in wreckers. He said they can use spare keys to repossess a vehicle without a tow truck and even hot wire a vehicle. He said as long as they do not disturb the peace, they are in compliance with the law.