The manner in which VIP protection has been depicted in movies and television have lead many people to mistakenly believe that bodyguards spend their days dramatically saving and protecting people from highly violent villains. VIP protection entails much more than just speeding off in fancy cars and randomly shooting to protect a very important person. Although bodyguards that offer VIP protection services are highly skilled individuals, they are very often not even seen by the general public and generally look like ordinary citizens so as not to attract any unwanted attention to the person that are protecting.
VIP protection is often used by celebrities, high profile politicians and business executives. People that have had some sort of threat that may compromise their safety also use VIP protection services to safeguard themselves, their families and their assets.
The bodyguards that offer VIP protection are skilled in a number of areas. They need to have excellent planning, problem solving and communication skills to provide effective VIP protection. Bodyguards are also trained with medical skills and can operate a number of firearms skilfully.
VIP protection frequently also involves the safe transfer of a very important person from one place to another; therefore the bodyguard must also be a skilled driver and able to navigate the VIP to safety quickly and efficiently should the need arise. Bodyguards that offer VIP protection also need to have excellent surveillance skills and are often able to predict the movement of people around the VIP in order to provide valuable protection and safe exit routes should the VIP need to escape from a dangerous situation in haste.
If a threat arises during VIP protection, the bodyguard is trained to react quickly to ensure the safety of the person requiring protection as well as not harm any of the innocent bystanders.