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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.

What is Close Protection?

What is Close Protection?


Close protection is the provision of physical security services to an individual or a group of individuals against an actual or a perceived threat against them. More commonly referred to as a bodyguard, the close protection officer is typically hired as an individual or as part of team to provide personal protection services to safeguard a client from physical assault, harassment or any other form of unwelcome attention.  


Mostly associated with celebrities or people in the public eye, close protection or bodyguard services are provided to royalty, politicians, high net worth individuals, business executives and anyone else who needs a bodyguard. In most cases, close protection operatives are astute and highly trained individuals with a plausible background in law enforcement or the military.


Close protection is by no means a modern phenomenon, research into the history of bodyguards reveals that both the Romans and the Ancient Greeks formed elite military units to provide protection to their senior military commanders. Although the threat dynamics may have changed with time, the concept of close protection remains the same.


Often romanticised in Hollywood movies, the duties and responsibilities of the Close Protection Officer tend to be falsely portrayed which has led to many misconceptions of the industry.  Depending on the client, close protection can sometimes involve fraternising with fast cars, private jets and superyachts but the brutal reality is that most close protection services are far less glamorous and mostly involves working anti-social hours and spending long periods of time away from home.


Contrary to popular belief, close protection should be preventative rather than reactive, avoiding any form of confrontation where possible. This requires more brain than brawn and high levels of engaged concentration can be mentally demanding. In addition, considerable amounts of time are spent planning tasks in advance to minimise the chance of any potential incidents as opposed to responding after an incident has occurred.Prevention is always better than cure and the importance of situational awareness should be understood and be continually executed.


Most clients that seek to hire bodyguard services express a preference to conduct their business discreetly and would rather opt for a style that is more inconspicuous and under the radar. Protection personnel that are unassuming, polite and calm under pressure are usually preferred to an operative with an intimidating disposition. Subsequently, some clients have realised the many advantages of a female bodyguard and are selecting the option of female bodyguards ahead of their male colleagues particularly when protection is required for their children.


The diverse nature of the role means that close protection officers must possess flexibility and maintain an array of specialist skills. These can include but are not limited to trauma management, tactical driving and linguist skills. Some tasks are multi-rolled which means performing other additional tasks such as chauffeuring or being part of a ResidentialSecurity Team.


Moreover, a close protection officer is expected to consistently embrace a proactive approach, retain a high level of physical fitness and be an effective communicator whilst always being appreciative of the importance of etiquette when dealing with clients.


In the UK close protection has become a legitimate and respectable element to the wider security industry where an operative is legally required to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority. Close protection tasks are both physically and mentally demanding which requires efficient and highly trained operatives who possess an array of specialist skills.

Are you considering hiring close protection services? Why not contact our team for 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

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

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.

Relief Captain
55 metre superyacht

The security team conducted themselves in a composed and professional manner throughout their time on board which significantly reduced any concerns of the crew. Their conduct, appearance and behaviour throughout was impeccable.

Captain, 55 metre superyacht