When most people think of people with bodyguards, they tend to think of A-list celebrities or royalty. But in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Of course, close protection services are often critical for popstars and actors due to issues like crowd control, the risk of stalking, the dangers of being mobbed or being harassed by paparazzi. However, the role of the bodyguard extends far beyond these criteria.
Today, it is more important than ever to take the right steps towards protecting yourself from threats and that sometimes requires hiring a personal bodyguard. Ultimately, it’s never a bad idea to go that extra mile in making sure you take care of yourself, your family, and your possessions by enlisting the help of professional ecurity personnel. But how do you go about doing it?
The most critical thing, when it comes to instructing personal security, is choosing a company that will fully understand your needs and respond to them by selecting the right operative to protect you.
Here are seven of the core signs that could indicate your need for close protection services.
- You are a high-net-worth individual
You may still be working, perhaps you have already retired. You may simply have a large inheritance. Whatever the reason for your wealth, sadly the risk of threats towards your personal security tend to increase with prosperity. While opportunistic attacks do occur, the majority of those on the super-rich are planned. Attackers are predatory and often very sophisticated at gathering intelligence and detecting weak spots, often known as hostile surveillance.
Trained operatives can advise wealthy clients on how to conduct anti-surveillance and generally be more situationally aware. This insight and expertise when coupled with intelligent systems, which can carry out hostile surveillance detection, make a drastic difference when it comes to reducing the risks faced by wealthy clients.
- You are a C-Suite executive
While you might not be a household name, being a CEO or an executive in control of a large corporation with significant budget, can make you a prime target – particularly if the organisation you run is well known. Threats against executives are on the rise and protecting business leaders has become increasingly challenging as they spend more time at home.
But threats against executives aren’t always physical. Data suggests that organisations consider C-Suite employees including the CEO, to be at the greatest risk of cyber-attacks. Why? Executives are public facing, spend time travelling so often connect from potentially unsecured locations/networks in places such as airports, hotels and client sites. Executives also tend to be explicitly targeted by smart and patient attackers. Not only are business leaders usually strapped for time, they also have access to privileged information.
- You handle large sums of cash or other precious cargo
You don’t have to oversee a company to be at risk. If you are transporting valuables or money on behalf of your organisation – or even confidential documentation, you may be targeted by opportunist or highly organised thieves. A personal bodyguard or protective team will be specially trained to detect any potentially suspicious behaviour as you travel to make sure that you, and your precious cargo, reaches its destination unharmed.
- You work in politics
There’s a reason that people say not to talk about politics in polite company or at the dinner table, and that’s because it evokes such strong emotions and opinions from people. As well-known figures in the public domain, politicians are finding themselves increasingly at risk, recently with tragic consequences. Although verbal and physical attacks on politicians are nothing new, the deaths of Jo Cox and Sir David Amess have shown the tragic consequences that can occur from these attacks.
Evidently, you do not have to be a Prime Minister to be the subject of threat. You may be particularly at risk if you are attending a political rally or speech or carrying confidential documents. Security experts will be able to carry out a formal assessment of your risk level before matching you with the right personal bodyguard to meet your needs.
- You are the subject of sudden media attention
It’s not just major celebrities who find themselves making the headlines. You may find that your circumstances change, either for good or bad, and you need personal protection. For instance, you may just have won a large sum of cash, or you could be the witness to a crime. Either will leave you open to risk.
- You are involved in a domestic dispute or divorce proceedings
Sadly, the news at the moment is highlighting too many cases of violent acts that are committed by disgruntled ex-partners. If you are a divorcee or have been the victim of domestic violence in a previous relationship, it could give you peace of mind, prevent further conflict, and even save your life, to hire a personal bodyguard. Your bodyguard can stay with you if you need to quickly collect personal belongings vacate your home for instance.
If you are currently in the process of a litigious divorce and suspect foul play by your ex-partner in terms of gathering information to use against you, personal protection operatives have a plethora of expert techniques to diffuse and counteract these tactics.
- You live, work in or travel to hostile or risky areas
Finally, it is a fact of life that some areas of the world are riskier than others to stay or travel too. Business travellers have been targeted and kidnapped for ransom in many places around the world. You could be at risk because you are traveling somewhere where kidnap has become a way to make a living for poor individuals, or because of religious, ethnic or terrorism-related conflict. If you are traveling to part of the world where you feel you could be particularly at risk, having an initial discussion to ascertain the threat level may be worth considering.
The above list of scenarios is by no means exhaustive – there are a myriad of situations which may require you upping your security. Having a visible protection detail has numerous benefits, not least deterring potential attackers. If overt protection is not what you are looking for, you can select a covert detail instead – for example if there has been a change to your personal circumstances that you are keen to be discreet about. This option will allow you to go about your daily with minimal disruption and without anyone being aware that you have security.
If you are looking to go ahead and instruct a personal protection operative or team, visit our physical protection page for more information.