Executive protection is a security detail that deals with ensuring that people who are regarded to be of high value are protected from any threat that may occur to their property, family or directly to them. Executive protection is also called personal or close protection.
High-value people refer to people who have wealth, dignitaries, executives, if you are employed in an organization that is dealing with high-value commodities or your rank as an employee in an organization make you a high target, VIPs, celebrities, and socialites.
Executive protection is a unique type of security where it ensures security measures on all walks of life are secured from the personal body guard, transportation of the client, home security including installation of the security systems, doing background checks on individuals in contact with the client and any other security precaution that may arise.
Executive protection is very professional, and the company offering the service has to be licensed in order to operate. It mostly involves specialized training which is offered by privately owned security companies which have courses that are geared toward executive protection and how to offer the first line of protection to a client. Executive protection aim is not to be seen but to be felt by the client.
Why do executives need protection?
Depending on the probability or the risk of something happening to an executive, the list of threats can be endless.
Executives need executive protection due to a specific threat to himself/herself or his/her family or business/home. In a scenario where a specific threat is imminent, the need for executive protection is very necessary to as to access the cause of the threat and look for a way to eliminate or neutralize the threat without bringing any trouble to the client.
Most threats come to executives due to circumstances that he/she is not directly involved. This can be a scenario where maybe a staff in the company he/she works is fired by junior manager then the ex-employee tries to retaliate by harming a senior executive. Executives need executive protection for this kind of threat that is unseen. Most threats to executives are those not on a personal level.
Executives need protection due to prominence that may be brought in by being in a certain position. Executives hold key positions in organizations which may make a one a person of interest to any kind of people, i.e., a politician holding a certain seat can be subject to high threat from individuals from all walks of life.
In conclusion, executives need to be protected from threats which may be opportunistic. Many leaders or executives may love to walk and do their daily business without interfering with anybody and vice versa but that is not possible in his/her case because not everybody has good intentions towards leaders. Executives need executive protection to protect them against all types of threats that may come from planned threats, opportunistic threats and finally threats that may have been orchestrated from unknown sources.