Triangle security expert talks about what Paris attacks mean for US

Jim Reese, Founder and Chairman of TigerSwan talks with WNCN's Carleigh Griffeth

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — As the world mourns Paris’ loss, intelligence services and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are preparing for another attack.

A local security expert says terrorists like those in the Paris attacks are planning similar style assaults in the U.S. We sat down with him to talk about what you can do to protect yourself.

“They are working 24/7, the men and women that do this are working their tails off to keep us safe, and they’re doing a very good job,” said Jim Reese, Founder and Chairman of TigerSwan, a private security service based in Apex. Reese also has background in military special operations. He says the increases in security we’ve enforced in recent years have worked in some capacities.

“When you really take a look at what happened in Paris at the soccer match, that security worked. They caught a suicide bomber on the pat downs,” he said.

But, it’s so-called soft targets that are most at risk for an attack.

“The places you have to be more vigilant on is the places that don’t have the funding for the increased security,” said Reese, pointing to places like movie theatres, small concert venues and outdoor festivals.

“When you’re walking around and going to an event, the first thing I would tell everyone is put your phones down. Quit texting as you’re walking into events, look around at the people,” said Reese.

And Reese advises you should always have a plan of escape.

“When you go to a public aspect, ask yourself, ‘if something bad happens, what will I do?’” said Reese.

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