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Classes help residents stay safe in the city

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Since the conceal and carry laws were changed in Chicago, there has been city interest in getting certified to carry a firearm.

Thousands of people have pursued their concealed carry permits since the laws were changed in Chicago.

Fidelity Academy says it is busy instructing students taking the 16 hour course to become certified to carry a firearm. Gun advocates say more armed citizens will bring crime down. They say the fastest growing segment of students are professional women.

There are many things to consider with concealed carry, like cost and temperament.

It costs hundreds of dollars for instruction. A permit, fees and a firearm can start at $300.

Most of all, one has to decide if they have the right temperament to carry a gun.

Andre Queen, the Executive Director at Fidelity Academy in Chicago, says he can tell if a person isn't right for weapons training and wants people to think about whether they want the responsibility of using a gun. He says pepper spray is legal in Illinois and can be obtained at gun stores or online. However, taser weapons can only be used only by law enforcement and licensed security.

When it comes to protecting the home, security experts say you should get a security system. These days, you can install your own system for about $200 and it will record images and send them to your phone.

Chicago's community policing department has a program called "Keeping It Real," where ex-offenders train residents on how to secure their homes. Ex-burglars say they look for locations where neighbors don't talk to each other and they avoid outdoor cameras. They don't want to confront a home owner because that can increase the penalty if caught.

Some burglars say they will wear a utility uniform to walk freely in the neighborhood. Others hang around the door of multi-unit apartment buildings to get inside. Once in, they say they spend about three minutes ransacking the home and use pillow cases to remove your valuables.

The burglars say to take the time to remove items from your car, if a thief doesn't see anything on the seat, he'll move on. Also, you should change your garage door code or frequency. They say a TV remote can open garages.

Residents should also shred documents to avoid getting your identity stolen.

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