Let’s start here… we are by no means security experts or practitioners. We have never been CPO’s (Close Protection Officer or Bodyguard) and don’t intend to be for that matter. That said we deal with security, threats, risks and mitigating those risks through our products and services on a daily basis. 90% of our Armoured Rental clients are security organisations in the broader sense of the term, and a fair portion of our vehicles sold are operated or cared for by a CPO. The point being we are in the comfortable position of being able to observe, probe, listen and understand to a certain degree where an armoured car fits into a comprehensive security protocol. However, considering the nature of the threat against motorists in South Africa, we are surprised that an armoured vehicle is still not at the top of the list or at least a priority in many security protocols and we see that far too often the recommendation for one is overlooked or brushed aside. It seems there are a few reasons for this:Now onto mitigation of the risk, and let’s assume we remove an armoured car from the situation. Are there measures that can be employed by anyone to mitigate the risk? Yes there are, such as common sense and awareness and the myriad of tips that are widely published. In the event that the preventative measures have failed, are there response measures that improve the desired outcome of a life saved and property protected? That depends entirely on your attacker, the purpose of the attack and in the case of elevated threat and risk, your security protocols. That’s a frightening mix of variables. Should your planned responses not mitigate or eliminate the risk entirely, is there a failsafe to protect life and property? No, not really, or is there? Now read the same paragraph above, but insert an armoured car into the equation. How much of the above environment can a security protocol control, considering that being in a vehicle, your environment is dynamic at all times? You could be moving towards or inviting in a threat at any time because you are constantly in a transitionary space that is far too big an environment to completely influence and control. Ultimately the environment you can control is the immediate one and the only constant- which is the vehicle itself. So when it all goes wrong, you are safe and able to escape with your life which is ultimately what we are trying to protect. If the armoured car is not on the grocery list and the budget is there, that is your decision and only yours to live with. Or not to live with…
- The risk to the principal is not assessed correctly or communicated clearly by the CPO/security provider.
- The security provider recommends alternative measures to the client which are within their own ambit and do not require a third party supplier at a lower margin.
- The principal does not approve the cost despite the clear and urgent recommendation of the CPO/security provider.