Local security company taking on global terrorism
Posted January 28, 2015
Apex, N.C. —
An Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at a hotel in Libya's capital of Tripoli, signaling the jihadi group's expansion and also renewing concerns of terrorism from people across the globe still reeling from this month's attacks in Paris.
James Reese, founder and chief executive officer, Apex-based TigerSwan, retired from the U.S. Army's elite "Delta Force" after spending 25 years in combat.
He says that although the recent attacks frighten Americans, the threat in the United States is still minimal.
"The chances of you getting caught in a terrorist attack are slim to none," Reese said.
Reese's company specializes in security, specifically against terrorist threats. His No. 1 piece of advice is to be aware.
"Pay attention. Look around at what's going on," he said. ""If you see something, say something."
And Reese takes his own advice.
On a recent plane trip, he reported something he thought was suspicious.
"I walked up and went to the flight attendant and said, 'Hey, a guy walked on, he sat down, he put a bag up there, and he walked off the airplane. That bothers me.'"
Due to recent concerns about terrorism TigerSwan's business is booming.
"Since the whole ISIS piece picked up, we have probably seen an increase, a tick up of about 20 percent," Reese said.