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Saturday, March 29, 2014

He's Got Your Back: How a Protection Specialist Keeps Clients Safe -

Contrary to action-movie imagery, many security specialists don't carry weapons, since local firearm laws vary and because the goal, of course, is to avoid an attack and move the client out of danger. In general, Fair says he advises other protection specialists to spend less time on the shooting range and more time practicing first-aid and driving techniques. If a principal is injured far from a hospital, medical knowledge can be crucial. And with many attacks aimed at vehicles, knowing how to execute a reverse 180 (Fair says anyone can master this with a little practice) or how to ram another car out of the way (aim your front headlights at the bad guy's rear tire) may mean the difference between a sitting-duck ambush and an escape. If things do get violent, having a can of pepper spray, or a martial art like Krav Maga, at your disposal can often prove more useful than a gun, particularly in tight quarters.


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