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VIP protection is often depicted in films as a glamorous job, consisting of car chases in fancy cars and running from villains seeking revenge. Well, this is pretty far removed from the day to day life of a VIP protection officer. 

They are indeed highly trained professionals who often drive fancy cars and protect famous people. But, it’s not all car chases and fighting! The role of a VIP protection officer consists of a lot more mundane tasks, including a lot of researching and planning. What does the life of a VIP protection officer look like?

What Is VIP Protection?

VIP protection means providing executive protection to anybody who requires it. Usually, it means protecting people who are in the public eye. This includes celebrities, business owners, and politicians. VIP security protects individuals, as well as their families and premises.

Famous, or high-profile people, are at a much higher risk of attack or theft than the average person. VIP protection has improved massively over the years and is now better than ever. 

You will be aware of the untimely murder of Beatles icon John Lennon; he was shot by an alleged fan outside his apartment in 1980. Luckily, these kinds of attacks are much less likely today. Celebrities feel a lot safer in day to day life; this is mainly thanks to close protection officers. 

What Is a Close Protection Officer?

A close protection officer is a security operative or a government official who protects a person, persons, and premises. Close protection officers protect high-profile people from threats such as theft, kidnapping, stalking, and assault. CPO’s differ from manned guarding as they are hired to protect an individual and their assets, but manned guarding is for whole premises and multiple people.

They provide this protection by researching routes, planning journeys, assessing potential threats, and searching premises. The preparation and planning should be enough to prevent an attack from occurring. Still, close protection officers also need to be fearless and prepared to use force if an attack does occur.

This protection needs to cover more than just physical safety; it’s also about protecting the client’s image and reputation. A common misconception is that the role of close protection officer is limited to men. This is not true; in fact, women make outstanding CPOs as they don’t fit the expected image of a protection officer. It’s much easier for them to blend into a crowd, which is a massive role requirement.

Companies that provide these services need officers who possess a particular set of skills and are highly trained. Always choose a reputable, accredited company when hiring close protection officers.

6 Rules VIP Close Protection Officers Must Follow

1. Do Not Gossip!

Good communication skills are an essential part of the close protection officer role. They need to be able to keep secrets and not spread the news about celebrities. Protection officers often witness things that could make them a lot of money if leaked to the tabloid. For this reason, protection officers should never be money focused. Remember, they are not just providing physical protection but also protecting their client’s public image.

2. Never Be Fame (Or Money) Hungry

Close protection officers should never be in the business for the luxury lifestyle or to get close to celebrities. They should never post pictures of themselves and their clients on social media; this is highly frowned upon in the industry. CPO’s need to take their job seriously; if they are focused on fame or luxuries, this probably isn’t the case!

3. Remember Guns are the Last Resort

An ex-bodyguard of Hugh Hefner said if a gun needs to be drawn in defence of a celebrity, then the bodyguard has already failed. The job aim is to make sure attacks aren’t possible. If an attack occurs and guns are drawn, this means the planning and preparation were not adequate.

4. Have a Strong Eye for Detail

The little things make all the difference. VIP protection must ensure a car is always available when needed, such as when leaving the airport. Celebrities do not want to be stood around; this attracts unwanted attention. Just having the car available isn’t enough. Protection officers need to think about turning the air con ten minutes in advance, ensuring the car is comfortable for the client.

5. Keep a Low Profile

Close protection officers need to be close by but never smothering the client. For example, sitting one table away in a restaurant. This means the client has personal space, but the protection officer still knows what’s going on. To make things seem more natural, the officer will order food to appear they are not with the client.

6. Don’t Get Too Close

This is known as being a ‘buddyguard’, and it’s a complete no go. If you’ve ever seen the BBC drama ‘The Bodyguard’, then you will understand why this can be so bad. Close protection officers should always keep a distance from their clients, ensuring the line between friend and client doesn’t become too blurred.

Other VIP Protection Methods Used Alongside Close Protection Officers

CCTV Monitoring Systems

CCTV cameras are often installed around the perimeter of high profile homes. Celebrity houses can be targets for thieves and also nosey fans. Many tabloid stories show how frustrating it can be for celebrities to have a constant crowd of screaming fans outside their home. CCTV deters criminals from committing crimes, and cameras are also a great way to keep an eye on who is lingering around a property.

Security Dogs

Security dogs pick up on things that humans can miss. This is all thanks to their strong senses, loyalty, and natural instincts. You can train dogs to sniff out weapons, including bombs, and they can even be trained to sniff out a particular person’s scent! This comes in handy when celebrities have a stalker. Security dogs are intimidating; they act as a deterrent as criminals can not outrun dogs!

Contact Stok K9 Security Services To Find Out More

Here at Stok K9, we provide a high standard of security measures tailored to individual requirements. If you want to find out more about close protection officers, CCTV cameras, or security dogs, contact us today to find out more. 

By Anthony Velly On

Being in the public eye can attract a lot of unwanted attention, sometimes resulting in danger. Celebrities have to watch out for stalkers, paparazzi and thieves, the most effective ways to stop these risks? Hiring close protection officers and installing CCTV cameras.

Most close protection officers (or bodyguards, as they are more commonly known) will have experience working in law enforcement or the military before moving onto work as security. There is no entry-level job; you need to be fully qualified for this position. As a result, the pay is high, and the bigger the celebrity name, the bigger the cost for security. Celebrity bodyguards wage can reportedly range from £30,000 to £103,000 a year. As you can imagine, the wage increases depending on experience, who they are protecting and the level of threat involved. 

Alongside bodyguards, celebrities need to install CCTV monitoring at their homes and invest in measures such as armed vehicles. Wondering how much certain stars reportedly pay for security? Carry on reading to find out.

 

50 Cent

Rapper 50 Cent has confirmed that he spends at least $20,000 a week on security, on just one of his mansions alone! He said, “Cameras surround my home. I need surveillance not only to look out for me but also to protect me. You get all these crazy lawsuits, and I need cameras to check on things”. His total security costs are expected to reach around $1 million a year.

 

Victoria & David Beckham

Rumours state that David & Victoria pay at least £1 million a year, but we have reason to believe they most likely spend a lot more. An alleged plot was discovered by an undercover team back in the early 2000s. According to papers, the attackers planned to kidnap Victoria – and her children – and hold them until David paid a £5 million ransom. Luckily, police intercepted the plan, and the family were kept safe, but you can only imagine how much they will have invested in their security team since.

 

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Reports state that the couple could have spent at least $1.5 million on security per year in the past. Recently, rumours say that Prince Harry & Meghan Markle have hired bodyguards previously used by Brangelina, proving they must have employed the best in the business.

 

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

It has been stated that Harry & Meghan pay at least £3.5 million a year on security measures, but we can only imagine how much more than this they are actually spending. They will require 24/7 security for themselves and their children. They are well known all over the world, so security measures will be complicated and expensive.

 

Kylie Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner recently confirmed that Kylie Jenner spends around $300,000 to $400,000 on security every month! That’s nearly $5 million a year! Of course, we don’t know an exact figure, but considering Kylie is a billionaire, we don’t doubt that she doesn’t hold back on bodyguards for herself and her one-year-old daughter, Stormi.

 

Beyonce & Jay-Z

The famous couple has recently upgraded their security measures, investing an extra $4 million on staff and armed vehicles. We don’t know how much they were previously paying, but we have heard Jay-Z is particularly cautious about making sure his wife and children are protected at all costs. 

 

As we know, celebrities post a lot of their lives on social media. Often posting pictures of holidays and travels, potential criminals know of their current location, also that their house is unoccupied. As a result, celebrities require bodyguards to travel with them and extra security such as CCTV monitoring to cover their home whilst away travelling the world. You can only begin to imagine the costs that much rack up for all of this extra security!

Celebrities are at a higher risk of danger than the average person; they also have a lot more money. Spending these crazy amounts of money is worth it to keep themselves and their families safe. We would all do the same if we had to.

If you currently feel in danger, you can consider hiring a close protection officer or install CCTV monitoring at your property, don’t worry; it will not set you back £1 million. Contact Stok K9 Security Services about our services. Call us on 0800 002 5761 or send us an e-mail. Fast reply time guaranteed.

By Anthony Velly On

When you think of a close protection officer (or bodyguard as they are more commonly known), you probably think they are just for celebrities or high profile individuals, such as MP’s. However, this is not the case: anybody who has safety concerns can hire a bodyguard. 

The role of a close protection officer (CPO) is often misunderstood, thanks to dramatisation in the media. Films often portray the career to be action-packed and full of danger; although this can be the case, the life of a bodyguard is usually a lot more mundane. 

If you are considering hiring a bodyguard, always make sure they are thoroughly trained and qualified. To work in England and Wales, a Close Protection Certificate is required.

If you or somebody you know is currently at risk of danger and you are considering hiring a CPO, read on to find out more about situations where hiring a bodyguard could be beneficial.

 

1.You Feel Unsafe Travelling

Travelling can be a daunting experience, especially if you are travelling internationally or to a high-risk area. For example, criminals in some countries are known to target business people, especially if they are alone and appear wealthy. Because of this, travellers can be at high risk of theft and even kidnap. 

Hiring a bodyguard for travel would make all the difference when ensuring your business trip is safe and trouble-free. They can help in every aspect from planning your trip to searching your vehicles, safety guaranteed.

 

2.You Have Received Threats

Have you had a fallout with a violent friend? Or have you ended an abusive relationship? You are never alone. If you feel threatened by somebody, help is always available. A fully trained CPO will ensure any potential violence is avoided.

Harassment and threats are at an all-time high due to social media, and we should never ignore online threats. If you have been receiving threats and are worried for your safety, hiring a personal bodyguard means you can continue with your day-to-day life without worrying about harm.

 

3.You Are Worried About Theft

If your job requires transporting large sums of money, valuable goods, or sensitive information, then you can be at high risk of attack and robbery. Hiring a bodyguard gives you an extra set of eyes; they are highly trained to look out for threats, things the average person could possibly miss.

If you want to get on with your job without worrying about your safety, or losing precious goods, hiring a CPO is the way to go.

 

4.You Are In The Public Eye

You do not need to be an A-list celebrity to be well known in your community. For example, maybe you are a local MP who has recently caused a stir in the area, and you are afraid of harassment. Having a bodyguard will deter unwanted attention.

Everybody who is in the public eye should consider hiring a CPO. TV personalities, CEO’s, or even lottery winners can be at risk of attack, and the list does not end there.

 

5.You Are Concerned For A Child’s Safety

Are you worried about the safety of your child when travelling to and from school? If they are a victim of bullying and you are concerned, you can hire a bodyguard to provide secure transportation. 

You can also hire bodyguards to monitor behaviour and bullying in school. More than a thousand children were caught with weapons in schools over the course of one year, according to a survey of 29 police forces in England and Wales. CPO’s in schools ensure that students are kept safe.

You need to remember that you are not alone; if you feel unsafe, you should seek help. No problem is too big or too small. Bodyguards are here to protect you and your family.

 

You can hire CPO’s to protect at certain times of the day, like travelling to work or for a specific event. They can also provide 24/7 protection if this is what you require. Bodyguards are not just for wealthy celebrities, and they likely won’t cost as much as you imagine.

If you want to enquire about close protection officers, contact K9 Security Services today. Call us on 0800 002 5761 or send us an e-mail. Fast reply time guaranteed. Your safety is our priority.