Hiring a bodyguard can be a stressful process depending on your specific circumstances and reasons for having bodyguard services; also, if you have never hired a bodyguard before, it might be a completely foreign experience. It’s a lot easier these days than you might believe. Nonetheless, there are numerous hazards and rogue companies that you should avoid at all costs. We will professionally walk you through the entire process in this article.
When you’ve decided to hire a bodyguard, think about what you’ll need the bodyguard(s) for and what kind of bodyguard you’ll need.
In the United Kingdom, there are hundreds of close protection firms to pick from. When hiring any service, you should always get multiple quotations from different companies. You might have gotten recommendations from family, friends, or coworkers, which can be quite helpful in choosing tried and true security company bodyguard. However, it is recommended that you conduct your own research and due diligence.
A reputable close protection firm will anticipate you asking questions and conducting due diligence on them. A good close protection firm will conduct basic background checks on you, the client, or the principle. This is done not only to qualify your inquiry and ensure that you are a legitimate customer, but also to create a quick threat and risk profile that will allow them to better advise and price you for your specific circumstances and needs.
How do I go about hiring a bodyguard?
Google should be your first port of call. Search for ‘rent a bodyguard,’ ‘bodyguard services in London,’ or any comparable search term. In general, the top four results that are paid advertisements can be ignored unless they are related to your search. After the advertisements, the top three organic results are the security businesses you should consider and investigate further.
Use a few or a few different but similar search keywords to see which company or companies consistently appear in the top three organic search results and are dominating them. They’re there for a reason, according to Google. Google’s smart algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have ranked them as the most relevant to your search phrase, location, service, and a variety of other complex ranking parameters. For good reason, Google holds these businesses in high regard.
Make a list of the top security companies that provide close protection services and go to their websites. Avoid flashy websites with stock images of luxury cars, homes, private jets, and yachts, as well as sales patter and unsubstantiated claims like “world’s best close protection company,” “government standard,” “40+ years of experience,” and so on. These statements are easily disproved and easily fact-checked; more on that later.
Doing your homework
Make a checklist of the organizations you believe are the most suited and professional after viewing all potential bodyguard service providers. Now is the time to go a little deeper and study their evaluations across multiple platforms, keeping an eye out for phony reviews. These are typically quite long and detailed, sounding more like a sales pitch or the company’s proprietors bragging. Be wary of employees who laud the company’s praises. They would never have used their services or been a true customer if they had not been pushed into writing them.
Examine the company’s social media profiles to see if they are always professional. Are they claiming to work all over the world by uploading stock images on Instagram, spamming LinkedIn with sales and marketing postings, or publishing pictures of their clients’ cars, mansions, yachts, and private aircraft on Facebook? These are warning signs. Cross them off your list and move on if you see one of these items.
Look up the firm directors on LinkedIn to disprove some of those ridiculous claims. You can find out how long they claim to have been directors by comparing their claims to Companies House data. This will tell you when the business was founded, who the directors are, and when each one was appointed. Do they have the background, experience, and history that they claim on their website? If they’re not on your list, check them off and move on. You can also see how many individuals work for the so-called “global corporation” on LinkedIn, as well as how much revenue the “world’s greatest security company” has reported to Companies House.
Hopefully, you’ve narrowed down your selection to one or two companies that have impressed you, and now it’s time to call and speak with them. Alternatively, you can send them an email to see how quickly they respond and how professional, helpful, and compassionate they are. Or do they simply want to make a quick profit and steal your money without respect for you or your situation?
When communicating with the security firm, you should establish the following:
- Who are you conversing with?
- What is their professional background, education, and experience?
- How long have they been with the firm?
- Is the business licensed and insured?
- Do they have any openings?
- What kind of bodyguards are they employing?
- How does one go about hiring a bodyguard?
- Is it necessary for you to sign a contract?
- Is there a non-disclosure agreement signed by the bodyguards?
- Are the bodyguards tested and verified for security?
- What is the cost of hiring a bodyguard?
- Are there any other charges?
- What are the terms and conditions of payment?
- How far in advance do they need to send a bodyguard?
- Is it possible to look at CVs or meet the bodyguards?
If you follow this step-by-step approach, you’ll be far more likely to employ a dependable professional bodyguard who is backed by a reputable company with the necessary credentials, expertise, licensing, and insurance to provide personal bodyguard services.