The U.S. Marine Corps has been able to reduce its combat casualties by investigating the circumstances of the death after each Marine is killed and identifying mistakes made during the event in order to avoid them in the future. Regrettably, this is not the case in the executive protection. For years, both escorts and protégés have been injured or killed because of the same mistakes without anyone doing anything to correct them.
One of the most frequent mistakes, both by users and by some security administrators, is that, when faced with any need, they usually request an armed driver and mount him in an unarmored vehicle, considering that, with this, the problem is solved immediately and, in addition, at a low cost.
What this measure achieves is that the client, or the security administrator, is lulled into thinking that he has achieved a certain "security", when, in reality, he is exposed to a much greater danger.
To begin with, having an armed chauffeur is highly questionable from a security standpoint (remember the case of the unintentional murder of Izzi executive Adolfo Lagos), but having him in an unarmored vehicle is even more serious.
In our cities, the crime of vehicle robbery with violence is one of the most frequent, and, if in a very probable assault that the executive might suffer, the agent tries to repel the aggression with his weapon, everyone will find themselves in the middle of a shootout, the results of which will always be unpredictable. This is extremely dangerous, since a "minor" risk, such as losing a watch, a cell phone or a vehicle, becomes a more serious danger, such as the risk of losing one's life or suffering irreversible physical damage.
Two unfortunate examples of this situation were reported in the press last year. The first occurred on September 29 in Santa Fe, Mexico City, and the other took place on May 22 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, when the escort of Mexican driver Sergio "Checo" Pérez was assaulted. In both cases the protectors were injured, one seriously.
Request a service of executive protectionAs a user or as a security administrator, it implies a great responsibility, as people's lives must be considered, and therefore, it cannot be taken lightly to ask for what is easiest or cheapest.
Prior to implementing any executive protectionIn the case of the client, it is essential to carry out a safety study on all areas of the client, which will determine the measures necessary to actually reduce the risks, rather than applying improvised measures that could generate greater danger.