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Doing business sometimes comes along with a high degree of risk. There are patents that might be stolen. There are top secret plans that competitors are interested in obtaining. There's the money that comes from a high level of success.

Because of the risks and dangers associated with professionals who have reached a pinnacle of performance, many companies have begun to look into executive protection.

In many cases, executive protection comes in the form of a security advisor – a bodyguard of sorts – who works one on one with a high level executive. In other cases, executive protection is provided by a team of individuals who work together to identify which executives need security and what possible threats may be.

If you are looking into executive protection for within your business, following these steps can help you to make the right decisions.

1. Identify what your executive protection needs are. Which individuals in your organization are at risk? What are the risks to your organization – is there a potential for kidnapping, do high ranking officers of the company go to dangerous places or interact extensively with the media? By taking the time to identify what your executive protection needs are, you can better choose the right professionals to perform those services.

2. Recognize that executive protection is not about muscled bodyguards as much as it is about having a plan in place for dealing with threats should they arise. Someone who offers executive protection is likely to have a keen eye for detail and to notice any indication that something could go awry.

3. Ensure that the staff of the company who will benefit from executive protection recognize that the service is meant to keep them safe; if your staff do not know and understand the risk, they will not work well with the members of the executive protection team.

4. Set limits so that the staff members to whom executive protection are assigned do not feel as though their personal space is being invaded; choose a protection system that will still allow them to feel as though they can leave work at the office.

5. Take the time to research your options and interview more than one person when you plan to hire executive protection. It's important to know that you're hiring the right people for the job.

One thing that you can do to ensure that you're choosing the right executive protection is to hire individuals who have experience assessing risk, performing security checks and finding background information – individuals who are also private investigators are often a great addition to your executive protection team.

When a private investigator offers executive protection for your company, you can feel confident that risks from individuals are reduced because background checks can be performed. You'll be able, if you desire, to implement security systems within the office or business location. You will also, of course, be able to work with someone who has experience evaluating situations – making it easy to know that your executive protection will indeed keep your staff safe.

About the Author

David Almeida is a licensed private investigator with a degree in criminal justice. He is affiliated with the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the Licensed Private Detective’s Association of Massachusetts. For more information visit

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-11-03 15:32:38 in Business Articles

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