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Whilst we are able, we will remain operational as normal, with our teams active on site and our head office open. As always our main priority is health and safety. We are advising our team members on government updates, advice and guidelines daily, if you should require any further information please contact us. We are all unsure of the potential impacts of COVID-19 however if required we have a business continuity plan in place whereby individual contacts will remain available by mobile phone and email. Our main phone lines will be diverted if necessary to ensure the business remains operational.


We remain on call to assist with your security concerns, our teams remain ready to mobilise with 48 hours notice. Should you require any further assistance then please call us on 020 3489 3892.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we wish you well during these unprecedented times.

Bodyguard Hire in the UK – what you need to know

If you have concerns for your personal safety or for the safety of your family, or just want an extra measure of protection and reassurance, you may be considering hiring the services of a bodyguard (also known as a close protection officer). 

Typically associated with celebrities or the rich and famous, bodyguard hire in the UK is becoming more commonplace with individuals outside of the gaze of the public eye. 

For those who have never hired bodyguard services before, the process may seem like a complex minefield. An internet trawl will reveal an abundance of private security companies offering close protection services. These bodyguard providers come in various forms and come with varying standards of professionalism. The challenge is finding the right provider for you. 

You may be seeking a bodyguard with an overt physical presence, someone who ‘looks the part’. Conversely, you may prefer an operative with a more discreet and covert presence, someone who blends in unnoticed.  

Many bodyguards are also proficient in a range of other skills. For example, they may be fluent in another language, or they may hold advanced medical qualifications, the real question is how do you hire a bodyguard that is right for you? 

Firstly, it should be highlighted that the security industry in the UK is regulated by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This means that upon meeting their set criteria, all individual security operatives (including bodyguards) must be issued with the relevant license. Performing security duties in the UK without a valid SIA license is prohibited by law. 

As already stated, there are a plethora of private security companies offering bodyguard services in the UK. An obvious starting point is finding a provider that is based in the same town or city where you’ll be requiring their services, keeping in mind that most bodyguard providers are headquartered in London. 

Conducting your due diligence on the private security company is a must. Your personal safety or the personal safety of your loved ones is at stake, so you need to be assured that this company is reputable. Ask yourself how long have they been in business, are there any outstanding irregularities, are they customer focused, what accreditations do they have? 

Next, research the company owners & directors. What is their background and experience? Are they suitably qualified? 

Check how the company recruits its bodyguard personnel. Do the bodyguards have a background in law enforcement or the military? If so, what military? More importantly, are the bodyguards in possession of a valid SIA license for close protection? 

One final note is the question of armed bodyguards. The United Kingdom has very strict laws on firearms.  Consequently, under UK law it is illegal for bodyguards to carry guns or any other prohibited form of weaponry. 

Hiring a bodyguard in the UK may seem challenging. However, taking the time to conduct proper due diligence will be beneficial. There are an abundance of private security companies offering bodyguard services in the UK. Following the guidelines highlighted in this article should alleviate some of those concerns. 

Good luck and more importantly, stay safe! 

If you are considering hiring a bodyguard or wish to hire a bodyguard team whether in the UK or abroad, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Us page to receive some free, no obligation advice.

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As a result of your impeccable service, Intrepid Protection has become our first choice when we require security services and I would have no hesitation in recommending you.

Diana Arama
Mayfair Networking Events

Intrepid provided the highest quality and professional security services that I have worked with. The entire operation is first class and very discrete. If you expect top of the line, you’ve found it.

Private Client, Kensington

The entire process from beginning to end was thoroughly diligent and completely professional. I thank your close protection team for always making us feel safe and reassured.

Private Client, London

Their understanding of the superyacht industry as a whole is also particularly impressive. Their personnel are polite, personable and very professional. Consequently, we have always received consistent positive feedback from both Captains and crew. Having used a number of other security providers in the past, Intrepid Protection are our preferred security provider and come very highly recommended. They are a pleasure to work with and I thank them for the services they have provided to us so far.

Yacht Management Company, Seychelles

The entire process from beginning to end was thoroughly diligent and completely professional. I thank your close protection team for always making us feel safe and reassured.

Private Client, London

Having passed through these waters on 9 other occasions and utilised the services of various Private Maritime Security Companies, I was consistently impressed with their high professional standards and ability to integrate well with the crew. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Intrepid Protection to to any future super yacht Captain, Manager or Owner.

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