How dangerous is it to shake hands when you’re a Private Investigator?

If you’re thinking about shaking hands with a (potentially) bad guy, you need to be prepared for the worst. So what can you do that keeps the person at ease while still preserving your safety?

Here’s a my tip for you… try a “fist bump” or even an elbow bump!

I came up with this solution while working on the streets and it served me well. I mean if you’ve got a problem on the streets, you might as well learn a street smart solution!

If you have another idea on how to solve this problem, please post a comment.

Let me know if you have a question you’d like me to answer in one of my weekly videos.

Stay Safe and Streetwise,
Larry Kaye, P.I.

P.S. – Don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To Be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it on the home page of my blog.

UPDATE: March 7, 2018

According to news reports a 53-year-old man stabbed one Monterey County, California deputy and hurt another after they were called to check on him.

The man’s 72-year-old mother called authorities around 12:30 p.m. reporting her son had been acting “very aggressive.”

She told them she also though he was off his mental health medication.

Police responded and believed they had developed a relationship with him over many previous encounters. When they arrived, he asked to shake a deputy’s hand.

The deputy reached out with his right hand and the man stabbed the deputy’s left hand with a “thick 5-inch nail.”

He then threw large metal objects at deputies and wielded a sharp item like a sword, according to MCSO. He reportedly also threw one large metal object that pierced a vehicle trailer shielding a deputy.

Deputies used a stun gun on the man but he continued to throw metal at the deputies. Deputies fired a second stun gun, after which they took the suspect to the ground.

He continued fighting for five minutes, injuring another deputy before he was placed him in handcuffs.

Both deputies have been treated and are back on duty.

The man was evaluated at the local medical center then taken to the Monterey County Jail.

The man faces several charges including battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Just goes to show… ya’ gotta’ watch their hands!

2 thoughts on “How dangerous is it to shake hands when you’re a Private Investigator?

  1. I live in my and worked for insurance company for 15 years as an investigator. One day they closed business and few years back I took the nys investigator exam and passed it (now I think it is expired). But nys refused to give me license mentioning that I do not proof of survillance exprience. They wanted my insurance company to provide the information and details on surveillance investigation. But my insurance company refuse provide, since all the supervisors and record are not available. So that made to stop persueing. New York has strict rules. My question is how to get a license here in NYC with this problem.

    • Raja,

      The only thing I can think of is maybe (and it’s a long shot), they will accept a signed, sworn affidavit from you listing the experience you have.

      I hope that’s helpful.

      John 14:21

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