Do I Need A Body Guard (Executive Protection)?
DO I NEED A BODYGUARD?
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “Executive Protection"? The Secret Service? ...
Armed men in suits and dark sunglasses talking into ear pieces while escorting a pop star from her Escalade to the dressing room of a stadium?
Executive Protection is that, sure. But you don’t have to be galactically famous and powerful to need it. In recent years, the influence of social media and the onset of political and economic instability has made the potential for very real threats to extend to a much wider range of people and private security is a solution to that.
After all, if someone wanted to find you and they took a look at your social media accounts, it would probably only take a few clicks before they could figure out more or less where you were. And that’s if you don’t tag specific locations like your favorite bar or restaurant, which so many of us do regularly. If you do tag specific places, you’ve just told the entire universe exactly where you are or hang out.
“We’ve seen a substantial increase
in the number of inquiries
since quarantine ended,”
says Garrett Thomas,
Founder of Guardian Protection Force.
“...Crime and threats died down when we were in lockdown, but since that ended people seem less afraid of committing crimes.”
And what’s more: with social media, someone who intends to harm doesn't even have to make the threat themselves. They can point someone out to their followers with the hint that this person should be made a target and then their followers will do the rest.
Considering how easy it is to locate pretty much anyone, the need for preventative private security or personal protection easily includes people who qualify in any of the following categories/scenarios:
- You own or have regular access to funds of one million or more
- You manage or own a company in which you may have adversaries
- You’re an attorney, judge, juror, or politician of any status
- You’re a doctor who works in stem cell research or provides reproductive services
- You have access to proprietary information such as copyrights, formulas or processes.
- You manage employees
- You interface with the general public
- You’ve ever had a concern about a stalker or received threats
- You travel internationally and/or to cities with high crime rates
Even if you don’t directly fall into one of these categories, you probably know someone who does, right?
So, what kind of personal protection should you consider
if you fall into one of the above categories?
Personal protection can include bodyguard services where you hire a security guard to follow you or guard your place of business or residence after a threat arises. Ideally, you want to take measures to thwart a threat before it happens.
The best way to do that is to conduct a thorough risk assessment that includes an examination not just of your day-to-day coming and going, but also your online presence. If online risks can be identified, threats can be reported and confrontational situations avoided.
The first thing we do at Guardian Protection Force is find out the needs of each client. Everyone’s situation is different. Once we’ve figured that out, we prescribe the relevant Executive Protection service.
Guardian Protection Force security guards are ex-military or former law enforcement officers who have been trained by us at Guardian’s own Executive Protection Academy. In addition to that, our personal protection services include a dedicated team of analysts who are trained to monitor and assess online risks.
“I’ve seen big name celebrities who have hired guys they met at the gym just because they look huge and intimidating,” says Thomas.
“It’s not enough to look intimidating. You have to know how to react in a professional manner should the need arise. Our professionals have that training.”