Bodyguards are used to
protect a person or group of people, a building, or an item and as
such are utilised in any number of roles. Their clients vary from
businessmen, dignitaries, famous celebrities, sports people and
politicians, through to royalty. While high end or close quarter
executive protection is considered the pinnacle of a bodyguard’s
remit, more often than not, the real role of a bodyguard is someone
who acts like a dressed down companion and one who blends into the
A word about larger
While it’s true that
bodyguards don’t have to be particularly well built, many are
employed for their intimidating stature as well as their knowledge
and training. They’re often used in the role of celebrity protection.
However you’ll also find a multitude of body guards of a lesser
stature and these people are hired for their experience rather than
their appearance. Lesser built body guards can find themselves
working in a variety of roles from museums where valuable items are
exhibited, through to personal protection where those being protected
don’t want to draw attention. They can even find themselves in social
settings such as gatherings or dinner parties where they can blend in
with the crowd without making it obvious.
So what are their
roles and responsibilities?
responsibilities are wide and varied depending upon the nature of the
job. For instance it might be something as simple as driving a child
to and from school or it could be something more detailed such as
accompanying a wealthy businessperson or dignitary on a business
trip. It may also include guarding a priceless item such as a
painting or jewellery, or simply keeping a close eye on a person’s
property while they’re away.
requires up to date intelligence, meticulous planning, and attention
to detail. For example they have to be able to notice anything out of
the ordinary and spot signs of imminent danger before it takes place.
They may have to plan a particular route, especially if they’re
escorting a VIP or dignitary, and as such should be able to spot and
highlight any key danger areas.
While you might see
many films where bodyguards have been in the line of fire and thrown
themselves on top of presidents, a private bodyguard will do
everything they can to avoid a similar situation. They’ll try to
negate the threat or move the individual to a safe place or distance
so that they don’t have to put their lives, and that of the person
that they’re trying to protect, at risk.
If you’d like to speak
to us about VIP protection and tactical response then contact MA
Services Group on1300 020 406 to find out more. Our
experienced team can help.