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Benefits of Hiring Close Protection

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

benefits of hiring close protection

In an increasingly complex and unpredictable world, personal protection and organisational security have become paramount concerns, particularly amongst UHNW individuals. Close Protection, also known as Executive Protection or Bodyguarding, plays a critical role in mitigating risks and ensuring the safety of individuals and/or high-value assets. The aim of this article is to highlight the numerous benefits that hiring Close Protection services can offer.

Enhanced Personal Safety and Security

A. Mitigating potential risks and threats. Providing a comprehensive and effective approach to personal safety and security, trained professionals will dynamically assess potential risks and threats, and implement proactive measures to minimise vulnerabilities. B. Protection against physical harm, theft, or kidnapping. Close Protection Operatives are adept at preventing and responding to physical threats, and a more overt presence will often act as a deterrent, reducing the likelihood of criminal activities such as assault, theft, or kidnapping. C. Increased peace of mind for individuals and their families. By hiring Close Protection services, individuals and their families can experience a heightened and certain sense of security, with the ongoing reassurance that capable professionals are dedicated to their safety.

Expertise and Professionalism

A. Specialised training and qualifications of Close Protection personnel. Close Protection professionals undergo rigorous training, acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to handle various security situations. Their expertise, which also usually includes either Military or Police experience, also extends to risk assessment, threat detection, and crisis management. B. Experience in security operations, risk assessment, and crisis management. With a wealth of experience, Operatives are well-versed in security operations, having likely navigated and overcome numerous high-risk situations in their careers, This experience enables them to make informed decisions and respond effectively to emergencies. C. Adherence to strict codes of conduct and confidentiality. Close Protection professionals adhere to strict codes of conduct, ensuring the utmost professionalism and discretion in their operations. They understand not only the importance of maintaining confidentiality and respect for client privacy, but also the high-level of etiquette required when working with UHNW clients.

Tailored Security Solutions

A. Bespoke security plans based on individual or organisational needs. A private security contract must address individual or organisational requirements or preferences. As a result, each element is carefully constructed and pieced together, in order to provide a completely bespoke service. B. Assessment of specific risks and vulnerabilities. Close Protection Operatives are skilled in identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities, through analysing various factors, including personal or organisational profiles, geographical considerations, and specific threats, to develop targeted and specific security measures. C. Implementation of effective security measures and protocols. These measures may include access control, perimeter security, surveillance systems, and the establishment of secure communication channels.

Comprehensive Risk Management

A. Identification and assessment of potential threats. This is done through detailed and thorough analysis, alongside intelligence gathering, in order to proactively identify risks and devise strategies to mitigate them. B. Proactive risk mitigation strategies. Operatives take a proactive approach to risk mitigation, by anticipating potential threats, and subsequently implementing measures to minimise vulnerabilities and prevent security breaches before they occur. C. Emergency response planning and crisis management capabilities. Close Protection professionals possess well-developed emergency response plans and crisis management capabilities. When becoming qualified as an Operative they undergo rigorous training to handle various crisis scenarios, ensuring swift and effective response during emergencies. This is also often coupled with a background in the Military or Police services.

Secure Transportation Services

A. Safe and reliable transportation for individuals or high-value assets. Secure transportation options are an important element of any Close Protection operation. Trained drivers equipped with advanced defensive driving skills effectively ensure the safe and efficient transportation of individuals or high-value assets. B. Driver Qualifications. Drivers within the Close Protection industry often undergo specialised training in advanced, defensive and evasive driving techniques. This enables them to navigate through challenging road conditions and potential security threats while ensuring the safety of their clients. C. Utilisation of secure and armoured vehicles for enhanced protection. For scenarios where an extra layer of protection is required during transportation, Close Protection services may provide access to secure and armoured vehicles. These vehicles are designed to withstand potential attacks, for example from blasts, gunfire and even chemical attacks, providing an extra-secure travel environment.

Asset Protection

A. Safeguarding valuable assets, including property, information, or intellectual property. Close protection services extend beyond personal safety to the protection of valuable assets. Whether it's safeguarding physical property, sensitive information, or intellectual property, Close Protection professionals implement measures to mitigate risks and prevent unauthorised access or damage occurring. B. Prevention of theft, sabotage, or unauthorized access. Close Protection Operatives are trained to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats to assets they are protecting. They establish robust security protocols, including access control measures and surveillance systems, to prevent theft, sabotage, or unauthorised access. C. Implementation of advanced security systems and technologies. Technology is constantly advancing, and Close Protection companies work hard to remain abreast of the latest developments in security systems and technologies. They utilise cutting-edge equipment and technologies to enhance asset protection, including CCTV systems, intrusion detection systems, and biometric access controls.

Event Security

A. Ensuring the safety and security of high-profile events. High-profile events and UHNW individuals often go hand-in-hand, with Close Protection services playing a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of events of this nature. From concerts and conferences to diplomatic gatherings to red carpet premieres, Close Protection Operatives provide crowd management, access control, and threat detection services, and of course personal protection if required. B. Crowd management and access control. Close Protection personnel are trained in crowd management techniques, ensuring the smooth flow of attendees while maintaining security. They implement access control measures to prevent unauthorised individuals from entering restricted areas. C. Response to potential security threats or disruptions. During high-profile events, Close Protection Operatives remain vigilant for potential security threats or disruptions. They are trained to swiftly respond to incidents, defuse conflicts, and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all attendees.

benefit of hiring close protection

Discrete and Professional Service

A. Maintaining a low profile while providing security. Although sometimes an overt approach is preferred, it is not always the best course of action. Many Close Protection Operatives have the ability to blend seamlessly into the environment, ensuring that their presence does not disrupt daily activities while still providing effective security. B. Respecting privacy and confidentiality. Upholding strict standards of privacy and confidentiality, Operatives respect the privacy of their clients and handle sensitive information with the utmost discretion, maintaining client trust and confidentiality. C. Creating a positive image for clients and their organisations. Close Protection teams contribute to the overall image and reputation of clients and their organisations. The employment of professional, competent and capable Close Protection personnel, ensures that the client’s public image is enhanced, whilst also showing that they are invested in safety and security.

Crisis Management and Emergency Response

A. Swift and effective response to security incidents or emergencies. Close Protection professionals are trained to respond swiftly and effectively to security incidents or emergencies, with their crisis management expertise enabling them to assess situations, make critical decisions, and take decisive action when necessary. B. Coordinated communication and decision-making during crisis. In times of crisis, Close Protection Operatives facilitate coordinated communication and decision-making. They are competent and experienced in liaising with emergency services, managing communication channels, and providing real-time reports to key personnel, ensuring a seamless response. C. Minimising potential damage or harm through timely intervention. Close Protection services aim to minimise potential damage or harm by intervening promptly during crises. Their expertise and quick response, often coupled with skillsets in combat sports can prevent situations from escalating, protecting individuals and assets from further harm.

Global Reach and International Operations

A. Extensive geographical coverage for international clients. Close Protection companies often have a global reach, providing services to clients across different regions and countries. This ensures that individuals or organisations with international operations can rely on consistent and competent personal protection wherever they are in the world. B. Knowledge and expertise in diverse cultural and operational environments. Most Operatives derive from a Military or Police background, where they are trained to operate in diverse cultural and operational environments. Throughout their careers in the public and private sector they have built the necessary knowledge and sensitivity to navigate different customs, languages, and social dynamics, ensuring seamless security support wherever their clients may require it. C. Ensuring seamless security support across borders. Close Protection companies with international operations have the infrastructure and resources to provide seamless security support across borders. They understand the intricacies and complications that can sometimes occur with international travel and are able to effectively coordinate and manage security arrangements for clients in different locations.

Peace of Mind and Confidence

A. Knowing that personal safety and security are in capable hands. Hiring Close Protection services instils a sense of confidence and peace of mind. Individuals can rest assured knowing that their safety and security are entrusted to capable professionals who prioritise their well-being above all else. B. Trusting in the expertise and professionalism of close protection personnel. With the rigorous training, experience and expertise needed to handle complex security situations, clients can trust in the professionalism, attributes and commitment of their security team to maintain the highest standards of security. C. Focusing on daily activities without undue concerns about security threats. Hiring Close Protection services allows individuals and families to focus on their daily activities without undue concerns surrounding security threats. They can carry out their responsibilities, attend important events, and engage in social activities with the confidence that their safety is being professionally managed.


In an ever-changing and uncertain world, the benefits of hiring Close Protection services are undeniable; with the enhanced personal safety and security, expertise and professionalism, crisis management capabilities, global reach, and the peace of mind that they provide being invaluable.

Close Protection professionals bring specialised training, experience, and a proactive approach to risk mitigation. Their presence ensures a heightened level of safety and security which affords individuals and organisations the luxury to navigate their personal and professional lives with confidence.

An investment in Close Protection services is an investment in personal security and asset protection, but also mental well-being; enjoying numerous benefits and peace of mind, knowing that their safety and security needs are met by professionals committed to their protection.



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