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.
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.
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.