There are few professions that create as much intrigue as that of a bodyguard. Hired by celebrities, billionaires and royalty, the modern Bodyguard, Close, Personal or Executive Protection Officer are in increasing demand. Global insecurity, a sharp upsurge in violent crime and a reduction in police manpower has resulted in more corporate executives and private individuals turning to the private security sector for personal protection.
However, thanks to a few far-fetched and unrealistic Hollywood movies, the bodyguard profession has been given a somewhat fantasized portrayal. Action and drama obviously sell movies but this false representation also creates an unjustified stereotype of a serious, diligent and very skilled profession. Listed are some of the five most common myths surrounding the bodyguard industry.
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2. Bodyguards are Men
Female close protection officers are becoming increasingly popular, particularly with female clients. They may lack the physicality of their male counterparts however they certainly make up for it in other areas. For example, a female client may feel more comfortable with allowing a female into her personal space and others may prefer a female bodyguard to look after their children. When
3. Only Celebrities Hire Bodyguards
Again, this statement is totally incorrect. While most celebrities do hire bodyguards, a large number of ordinary, everyday people also require some form of personal protection. These may range from a business executive
4. A Bodyguard Becomes Close Friends with their Principle
This is another Hollywood inspired misconception. A trusted relationship with the principle is certainly paramount however there are very strict professional boundaries that should always be upheld. A close protection officer is no different from a chauffeur, nanny or chef and
5. Being a Bodyguard is Glamorous
Definitely not true!
There's no denying that the bodyguard profession is shrouded in mystery and thus creates an element of curiosity. The film industry has helped to create a somewhat false image of this highly skilled yet often misunderstood profession where brains are certainly more important than brawn.
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