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PETALING JAYA: Having an unarmed personal bodyguard may sometimes be safer, experienced security professionals say.
A senior VIP protection professional, who declined to be named, said most foreign prominent personalities and leaders request for unarmed personal bodyguards, unlike their local counterparts.
“Besides foreign dignitaries and world leaders, I’ve led teams protecting a visiting US billionaire technopreneur, and, most recently, a popular American band performing here – they all don’t want us carrying weapons.
“Local VIPs, however, want the whole cavalry if possible because they feel a sense of power,” he said.
An ex-military man who has been in the security industry for over two decades said that having an armed bodyguard can sometimes be a double-edged sword.
“The client could end up worse off because if the assailants see a weapon on the bodyguard, they will fire immediately.
“So even if a bodyguard is armed, he must conceal his firearm.
“A bodyguard’s main aim is to physically shield his client and move him out of harm’s way,” he said.
He said there is a sharp increase in security awareness among corporations and various organisations with many engaging his services to conduct safety talks and workshops.
“In the last few months, with all the shootings and violence going on, my calendar is quite full.
“Various industries have asked for their foreign employees, important management staff and workers to be trained to be more vigilant,” he said.
Due to the limited supply and costs involved, clients looking for armed protection are sourcing for bodyguards themselves instead of turning to security companies, he added.
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