Criminals don’t just randomly pick their targets. They look for easy prey. Find out what you might inadvertently be doing that makes a criminal choose you as their next victim.
Today’s guest is James Casey. James has made a life-long career out of understanding why people break the law. He began in law enforcement and was on the National Security Council in Washington. Then he worked in the FBI for over 25 years, where he was named the Special Agent in charge of the Jacksonville division. James is currently the president of FCS Global Advisors, an investigative and crisis management firm where he has been for the past 8 years.“The key is to not rationalize your gut feeling.” - James Casey Click To Tweet
- [0:53] – James shares his background in law enforcement and his career path to eventually work in the FBI.
- [1:51] – What James focuses on now is higher end investigation in Florida, primarily litigation and white collar cases.
- [2:24] – In regards to personal security risk, James believes due to the number of distractions, people are always at risk.
- [3:06] – Social media has become a place for people to share too much information which becomes a security risk.
- [3:38] – James shares a scenario of oversharing about your own children.
- [4:53] – You can segregate your social media accounts. Some can be more public for business needs, such as LinkedIn, and then others can be more private for sharing information and photos for friends and family.
- [5:51] – When you’re out and about, you need to be paying attention. Take the earbuds out and watch the people around you.
- [6:49] – James shares how crime doesn’t go away, it just moves to someone or some place that is easier.
- [7:44] – With travel, James presents a scenario and the importance of being prepared for anything,
- [9:20] – Traditional burglaries are targeting empty houses during the day with no alarms and tend to access the back door.
- [10:17] – James shares a scenario of watching a news story about a home invasion and the general majority of burglaries having a back story.
- [12:02] – By the time a story gets to TV, it is a unique story and doesn’t generally match the norm. James tells about an undercover scenario he worked on.
- [14:05] – In regards to car theft, James shares a real-life scenario of learning how cars are stolen in most cases.
- [16:51] – While working in Detroit, James worked with many cases of stolen cars for parts, which is still a problem today. Chris also shares a personal experience of his car being stolen and stripped for parts.
- [20:01] – A book that James has read and recommends by Gavin de Becker called The Gift of Fear. James has done some research into intuition and instinct.
- [21:42] – James shares a scenario of an active shooter in an airport in Fort Lauderdale and how people reacted to demonstrate some people’s intuition.
- [23:05] – Women are often targeted and have a gut feeling that something is wrong but tend to talk themselves out of it.
- [25:03] – In addition to fight and flight, there is also “freeze,” which is a legitimate response for many people. James shares his theory on why some people do this.
- [26:50] – In a lot of situations, people rationalize why something wouldn’t be a gunshot.
- [27:18] – Chris and James discuss stalkers and the types of stalkers that are common to see. James illustrates the types of stalkers with real-life scenarios.
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