When most people hear the word bodyguard, they think of huge guys dressed in black suits with sunglasses and earpieces. And of course, they’re only for defending celebrities and dignitaries, right? While bodyguards will always be protecting the most high-profile of clients, the good news is that with the advent of many private security firms, a little extra protection isn’t out of the question for anyone.
Even if you aren’t getting swarmed by fans everywhere you go, or receiving death threats for the recent high-profile policy decision you made, that doesn’t mean you don’t need (and can’t afford) some extra protection. Check out this quick list of tips to help you consider whether you can find value in some extra protection.
- If you have a medium to high public profile. You don’t have to be a rock star to be in need of extra protection. Plenty of people are out there and being seen by the general public every day of the year. If millions of people have seen your face or know your name, it only takes one crazy one to cause major harm to you or your family. Aside from that, those with high-profiles are often assumed to be exorbitantly wealthy. If you’re well skilled in self-defense, you may feel a little safer walking around the streets. But even if you are, a little extra protection can never hurt when you’re open to some of the craziness and evil that society thrusts upon those who are well-known.
- Does your job involve you transporting, holding or distributing large quantities of money, or other valuable objects? Criminals just take things. It probably won’t be anything personal against you, but if you’re standing in the way of a pay day, a ruthless thug won’t think twice about hurting you to get what he wants. Sure, you may be trained in a rudimentary self-defense course, or licensed to carry a firearm. But we’re talking about professionals, here. Having another person, who is with you at all times, and is trained to focus solely on security is invaluable. Go about your day and let the professional handle the security.
- Sometimes it’s not just fame that brings you public attention. If you were swept up in an attention grabbing story, you could be the focus of hatred or jealousy. I know if my picture had just been plastered all over the 5 o’clock news because I won the lottery, I might want someone watching my back for a little while. Or, if you are just doing your duty as a citizen and testifying in a high-profile court case, extra protection above what the court gives you is a no-brainer.
- Do you travel much for business? In the increasing global economy, standard business trips don’t just happen between safe and stable countries. The chaos of geopolitics and political unrest has many nations constantly in a state of uncertainty. Just because you’re visiting an unstable country doesn’t mean you will be the victim of something nefarious, but it certainly serves as what we call a “threat multiplier.” Also consider that members of high-profile companies might seem like walking dollar-signs to some ransom-hungry kidnappers. Respond in kind with someone to watch your six.
- Turning our attention stateside once again, domestic disputes might also call for some executive security. If either side in a divorce or dispute has a history of violence, it is well worth the trouble to hire someone to look after a potential victim. Courts can issue restraining orders, and the threat of punishment might deter, but none of that is going to reverse physical harm. It’s worth deterring any kind of retribution or violence with a trained bodyguard.
Although everyone seems to think that bodyguards are a necessity only for the most famous and powerful, that’s not the case. Many people fall into one or more of the categories above. If you do, finding a private security firm with the right price and plan for your niche will benefit you greatly.