How you do anything is how you do everything PLUS Felony Apprehension Case Study!

How you do anything is how you do everything.

I learned that very valuable piece of advise from Jack Canfield in his excellent book The Success Principles.

Many (many!) times I’ve been temped to cut corners. I’m as human as the next guy. But I have stopped, remembered this axiom and done the right thing, even when it’s the hard thing.

No matter what you choose to do in life, please remember your integrity is too valuable to compromise. Practicing solid ethics in the “little things” grows the muscles (virtues) of discernment and prudence so you are ready when it comes time to tackle the big things.

And when that time comes, a lot of people may be counting on you when no one else has what it takes.

God bless you,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

Contest, dash cam review and dirty trick! Limited time video!

About a year ago I got this dash cam and have found it to be everything you would expect a non-brand name $25 dash camera to be. 🙂

First of all… it is in NO WAY high definition! I can’t believe it’s even legal for them to put “HD” on the box or in the ad., but, whatever… I really didn’t expect much for the money.

Now having said that, I am generally pleased with this camera!

But, one problem is it “resets” often enough (and for no reason), so the date/time stamp kept dropping back to January 1, 2000 at midnight. I just gave up on that function and turned it off. I drive with it recording audio and simply call out the time and date if I see something of interest that way I have it on record.

Same with recording license plates. Sometimes if I’m parked or stopped directly behind a car, I can read the plate when I review the video, but 99.99% of the time I read the plate out loud and save it that way.

The “rechargeable” battery doesn’t. At least not after a few months of use, therefore I simply keep it plugged into the cigarette lighter all the time. No problem.

Dirty Trick Contest…

I am giving away the dash camera I reviewed in the video!

I am creating a product full of dirty tricks that cops, Private Investigators, repo agents, bounty hunters, etc. have used (hopefully only in the ol’ days). Don’t use any of the dirty trick I teach you! (However… I am planning on a section of Ethical Dirty Tricks you CAN use, but… DO NOT use the others.)

Anyway, here’s the deal… Send me a dirty trick you’ve seen used or have heard about. Send it to the email address in the video (at the 6:23 time mark). I will pick a winner at random and send you the dash cam and my booklet on finding unlisted and cell phone numbers.

Behind the scenes note: The $19.95 booklet (my free gift to the winner) was actually BANNED on a major internet selling site! No Kidding! They said it might violate people’s privacy… then they let hackers have hundreds of millions of user names, DOB’s, addresses, etc.!

I’m looking forward to your contribution to the collection of dirty tricks, so send it in right away!

CONTEST ENDS SEPTEMBER 1, 2014. Don’t miss out!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Committed to your success as a Private Investigator,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

Fleeing criminals don’t want you to watch this video. – Apprehension Tips Part 2 (of 2)

Today I want to talk to you about how to make an apprehension and teach you one of the little tricks that I’ve invented over the years that can make an apprehension go a lot smoother.

If you’re one of my Loss Prevention followers you may run into this a lot if you’re trying to catch somebody who’s shoplifting, committing check fraud, credit card fraud, that type of thing.

I want to give you this real-world case study. This is an incident that happen to me. It wasn’t associated with any case that I was working. I just happen to be out (coincidentally with a partner that I worked with) just living life out and about.

My buddy and I were out of video tapes for surveillance recordings so we have to go get some more. (Video tapes! This gives you an idea of how long ago this was. But it still has real-world applications today!) So we go over to a big box media store to buy video tapes.

As we pull into the parking lot we see a guy and a couple of women running through the parking lot clearly… Continue reading

What can a drunk homeless guy teach you about the law? – Apprehension Tips Part 1 (of 2)

What can a drunk homeless guy teach you about the law?

If you follow me regularly you know I’m not an attorney. Nothing here is legal advice. But it is an interesting thing if you work as a Private Investigator, Loss Prevention Officer or Security Guard you may occasionally have the experience where someone spits at you.

Now, there’s a difference between people spitting at you and people spitting on you.

While it makes a huge difference to us, interesting thing is it also makes a big difference in the law sometimes. So what you’ll see is a drunk homeless person or somebody who’s trying to avoid apprehension will spit at you very specifically trying not to hit you but only to threaten you so he can get away. What’s he doing here? He’s trying to avoid a felony.

He’s decided to risk being charged with Menacing Threats by spitting at you. Whereas if he spit on you, it’s usually considered Assault. So they’re going for a misdemeanor charge versus a possible felony.

It’s the same reason you’ll see some diehard gang bangers who will shoot someone in the leg rather than shoot them above the waist. They don’t necessarily care whether the person lives or die. Maybe he even has a preference that the victim dies. But if it ends going to court, they can always claim they weren’t trying to kill the person. They get charged with Felonious Assault verses an Attempted Murder and that can make a huge difference in sentencing. That smart little move on the street can save the bad guy 20 years or more of prison time!

Now, how does this help you? What does this mean for you?

Number one, if you have somebody who’s spitting at you and you can tell they’re not really trying to spit on you then they’re making threats (including talking about the diseases they have)… this means a couple of things. It means one, they’re not really at the end of their rope yet. They haven’t pulled out the big guns of really trying to hurt you to get away with whatever they’re doing.

Number two, this means is they’re still looking for a way out. Which means there’s still a little bit of reason going on in the spitter’s mind and sometimes you can still handle this with words or it means you’ve got a little bit of time if you’re calling for backup or if you’re calling the police.

This does not mean you can drop your guard or that it’s not a dangerous situation! But it lets you know that they’ve not gone as far as they might go to get away from you or get away with what they’re trying to do.

In Part 2 of this video (bookmark my blog and check in next week), I’ll give you a real world case study on how to use this concept if you’re trying to make an apprehension so that you can do it with a lot less physical force and sometimes avoid physical force all together.