The Counter Terrorist Magazine: Protective Surveillance
Many Thanks to The Counter Terrorist Magazine for publishing another of my articles on Protective Surveillance!!
Protective surveillance should be employed where resources and manpower are available; on high risk protection details it is essential. Protective surveillance provides you with an early warning of potential threats and if necessary a surprise counter to any attacks upon your team or client.
Many supposed professionals in the close protection business don’t understand that high profile or low profile visible protection can have negative effects for the client. In the 90’s in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union bodyguards would be targeted by criminals providing security services who wanted to take the bodyguard’s clients; if the client had just had his protector beaten up in front of him it’s in his immediate interests to hire those than had done the beating, right? Visible security personnel can also alert criminals that the client is of some importance, has goods worth stealing or be worth kidnapping. As to those reading this thinking the close protection world is all about being a tough guy, I will tell you you’re very wrong, it’s about being alert, crafty and cautious.
Also, think about it from a business point of view. If you were going do business with someone and when you went to meet them they had a bodyguard or two what would you think? Personally, I would be thinking why they needed security, what problems do they have, are those problems going to affect my business dealings with them and possibly put me under threat. Or do they have the security because they don’t trust or want to intimidate me. These things need to be taken into consideration when initially putting together options for a client’s security program.
The Counter Terrorist Magazine is an excellent resource for those interested in international security issues, you can subscribe online or buy it at a good magazine stores such as Barnes and Noble!