April 12th, 2019
Perhaps thanks to Hollywood and TV, we have a distinct vision of a bodyguard in our minds. They’re broad-shouldered, stoned face with chiseled brows, and perpetually brooding about your safety. While there is a certain element of truth behind this, the reality is that your personal bodyguard looks that way because they’re constantly paying attention to the environment around them.
At Tactical Response Security, our executive protection personnel are highly trained to evaluate any situation you’re in. To help maintain your safety, we thought we’d outline some of the things your security personnel are thinking about from day-to-day.
Location, Location, Location
No two places are alike. Whether you’re traveling from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, or even within Philadelphia itself, you’re experiencing different challenges and risks when you move between and within locations. Bodyguards are constantly assessing an area for threats while they’re with you. In advanced of trips, they’re researching the area you’re traveling to, predicting what issues may arise, and what resources they can leverage to mitigate or neutralize those threats.
Infrastructure and Transportation
Depending on where you’re traveling, the infrastructure of that place might be better or worse than where you’re coming from. That can impact how you travel and how quickly you travel. The logistics of travel are a large part of a bodyguard’s job. For instance, if you’re traveling to a city that relies heavily on trains and rails to get around, your bodyguard has to think about elements like travel times and schedules. Similarly, if you’re traveling to an area with decaying infrastructure and buildings, they might need to coordinate additional security measures to keep you safe.
Before you even step foot in a new building or city, it’s likely that your bodyguard has already coordinated with peers in the security industry who have knowledge of that place. This insider knowledge informs the security measures they take to keep you safe. It may also connect them with resources that make their work easier and your time traveling or in meetings more enjoyable.
Developing a Backup Plan
It’s said that “even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This is true in our work and personal lives, and also in the work of your bodyguard. Their planning may not have accounted for an unexpected change in flight times, weather patterns, or even local socio-political climates. As such, bodyguards are adept at creating backup plans at the drop of a hat. Doing so ensures your safety even in situations where the level of risk is high.
Scale of Response
Not every situation calls for your bodyguard to be armed. In fact, in some instances, unarmed security may be more suitable for your needs. Your bodyguard makes decisions about whether they should carry a weapon with them while they travel with you or not. They need to consider if it will help or hinder their efforts in keeping you safe.
As it’s plain to see, the mind of a personal bodyguard is a complicated one and is highly responsive. If you’re in need of skilled and professional executive protection personnel for yourself or your business, it’s time to connect with the security specialists at Tactical Response Security.
We offer security services to the entire East Coast, including Philadelphia, Trenton, and more. Contact us today.