Security Operatives have to fill several different roles from operation to operation. It may be that close protection is needed, following a VIP who wishes you to remain discreet and out of sight, or protecting a celebrity who needs you close at hand; or it could be working on an offshore installation as a deterrent to piracy. Whatever the situation, an Operative can only guarantee the safety of their client if they can guarantee their safety. This is why body armor is a necessity. To choose the right armor, it is important to be aware of the threats you may face as a Security Operative.
Close Protection Security
Some Security Operatives may specialize in close protection, offering a wide range of services for one or a few specific clients. This is not simply acting as a bodyguard but will require offering support and protection in close quarters. This will necessitate body armor that tailors to these specific situations. For example, when working in crowded spaces or areas where firearms are simply not available, edged and spiked weapons will be most common, and still very deadly. In these situations a bulletproof vest would simply be cumbersome and unnecessary; a stabproof vest will be suitable. This will protect against knives and other edged weapons, which are easily accessible weapons that are capable of causing serious harm. Of course, it may be the case that firearms are more likely to be used in an attack. Even in crowded spaces, a handgun is easily concealable, and so a bullet-resistant vest is needed to ensure your protection. Once you know what level of the vest will be suitable for you, it is also necessary to decide whether this will be covert or overt. If you are tasked with protecting an important target who wishes you to remain discreet then a covert vest is ideal. Designed to be worn under clothes, these offer protection without hindering movement. SafeGuard’s Stealth vest integrates CoolMax technology to help regulate the temperature of the wearer, which is ideal when a bulletproof vest will be worn for extended periods. Close Protection Security will often be dealing with members of the public and large crowds, and discretion is very important. This is why a covert vest will be ideal.
Many Security Operatives will be required to work in extremely dangerous situations, and need to be prepared for any eventuality. For those working in unsettled regions, or even active warzones, protection must be of the highest level. Bulletproof vests are naturally the most suitable option but need to be at the right level for the threats faced. It is likely that Level III or IV hard armor will be needed, offering protection against high caliber weapons and even armor-piercing rounds. These are much heavier and bulkier than lower levels, however, and will be uncomfortable when worn for long periods. This is why it is important to be aware of the most likely threats in any situation, as wearing armor that provides unnecessary protection will only sap energy and hinder movement. Of course, if the threats do warrant hard armor, it is possible to purchase additional protection for areas like the head and neck. Similarly, optional pouches for extra equipment can be added to overt armor, further increasing its usefulness. One of the benefits of wearing overt armor is that it may act as a deterrent; showing that you are prepared for the worst may cause any potential attackers to reconsider. As always, it's just as important that the vest fits properly, is well maintained, and is worn regularly.