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What Are the Signs That You Need to Get Executive Protection?

Executive Protection for a business executive

There are many cases in which a business executive might need protection. If you're dealing in something valuable and you need to carry it from one location to another, you'll feel a lot safer if you have a security officer with you. Or if you're doing some research which might be valuable to the competition, you might want to have a security officer present at all times to make sure that that research doesn't leave your premises.

Plus, there are times when high-level executives themselves become the victims of kidnapping because it might be valuable to other people to have them out of the way and also because this is profitable for kidnappers who ask for ransom.

Dealing with Extraordinary Situations

If you are a business executive who is feeling the need for security in any way, remember that it's always better to be safe than sorry. Even if it turns out that there is no attack or no attempt at stealing whatever you might be carrying, you'll just breathe easier knowing that there is a trained person next to you who will be able to deal with the situation.

Nine times out of ten, there might not be any danger to you or whatever you're carrying but the tenth time, there might be. It's in order to deal with this extraordinary situation that people get executive protection.

Signs That You Need Executive Protection

As an executive, you need to consider your position. Would getting you out of the way, even temporarily, benefit someone else? Maybe a rival executive at a different company or an organization which is opposed to what your organization is doing? If there have been any threats against you or your company or a lot of dissent about some research you might be doing, then it's a good idea to consider getting executive protection.

Contact us for more great tips to figure out when you might need to get executive protection.

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Why Executive Protection Should Be a Top Priority

Why Executive Protection Should Be a Top Priority

Being in the public eye can be risky. CEOs, celebrities, famous entrepreneurs, top company executives and people in high-level or high-profile positions face more threats than the average person. This is especially so in an era when companies and brands try to humanize themselves by putting authentic information and relevant people in the spotlight. This fame makes it easier for anyone with a grievance or bad intent to pick a target and do them harm.

With increased visibility comes the need for increased caution. So, the need for specialized security services and executive protection is on the rise.

What Is Executive Protection?

Even though the term is often associated with 'bodyguards', executive protection is about much more than that. Bodyguards stay close to their clients at all times and keep them bodily safe from threats and annoyances. They are only a small part of the service offered by many executive protection outfits. Executive protection covers more proactive and analytical services. Some of these are;

  • In-depth planning to prepare for clients itinerary
  • Risk assessments customized for individual clients
  • Advance identification of potential risks
  • Reactive plans to eliminate or lessen the possibility of any security incidents

This approach significantly reduces the chances of exposure to danger or the need for executive protection specialists to even swing into action.

What Exactly Does It Offer?

The extent of executive protection services is usually dependent on the client's preferences, and their level of exposure to possible risk. Factors like risk history, location, age, and social ranking also influence how in-depth a protection plan should be. Generally, some of the types of security services offered to executives include;

Protective Surveillance

This service works best for clients who prefer not to make it obvious that they are being protected. It is a low-profile technique which protects from a distance, with security teams remaining close by and ready to act if their intervention is required. The client can go about their daily activities with no obvious disruptions or distractions, all the while assured that ample protection is hovering just out of sight.

Counter Surveillance Support

These are services provided to clients who suspect they are being followed or security teams who have received intelligence that the client they are protecting is being followed. Counter surveillance support teams covertly observe such clients or security teams to identify anyone monitoring them and take expert steps to stop or delay such persons.

Security Drivers

A security specialist behind the wheel is another way of keeping the client safe while they are in transit. Such a person is often trained in how to advise the client and react effectively in the event of an ambush, or on identifying any motorized surveillance. This can also include escort vehicles.          

Residential Security

Security operatives can be used to keep homes and offices safe. This type of protection can cover family and other loved ones. The operatives may be retained for the purposes of ensuring the client's privacy, assess or protect inside the home and outbuildings/perimeters, or provide home security while the client is away.

Asset Protection

This service covers the security of physical assets (like property: cars, houses, expensive collectibles) and ensuring the integrity of non-physical assets (digital information).

Travel-Risk Planning

Security outfits can provide executive protection for clients who are traveling locally or internationally, whether by road, water or air. They also assess the level of risk each method of travel comes with, provide travel intelligence and advise clients and their families on how best to stay safe.

Contingency Planning

Of great importance is the need to have plans in place for unforeseen circumstances. Executive security services provide contingency plans for egress, escape or retrieval during a crisis.

Learn More About Executive Protection

No one likes to think of bad things happening to themselves or their loved ones, but it is only smart to prepare for the worst, even if it never happens. At GSS Security Services Inc., we provide top-notch executive security services to high-profile individuals. Contact us to find out more!

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