Understanding an Advance
Most security teams have trouble explaining to the HNWI or CEO all the details that encompass an advance in close protection operations. As a result, some executives may feel that their freedom of movement has been restricted. Others may conclude that a simple trip to the countryside private residence does not necessitate severe pre-planning.
Whatever the objection, it fails to consider the essential aspect of having a protective team onsite. And that is the security and safety of the protectees and their immediate environment. It is the job of the close protection operatives to ensure everything runs smoothly with the least possible amount of uncertainty. This includes corporate meetings, flights, leisure activities, and other items.
By implementing an advance, the security team organises enjoyable trips unobstructed by hecklers or crowds. In fact, a properly executed advance can minimise or entirely prevent most emergencies.
Succinctly, the central aspects of this method of safeguarding the business executive entail:
• Obtaining the HNWI’s itinerary — with information on places, dates, and times of travel, arrival and departure, means of transportation, addresses and phone numbers, and all other relevant information,
• Arranging ground transportation and baggage pickup,
• Handling lodging considerations, including checking in the HNWI before arrival,
• Conversing with hotel staff to establish escape routes, locations of fire extinguishers, and parking considerations, as well as liaising with housekeeping to determine when they can enter to clean the suite, etc.,
• Establishing ingress and egress points, whether staying in a private residence or a hotel, and
• Selecting the most direct and safest routes to travel back and forth.
Although this is not a complete list, it covers vital aspects of an advance in close protection operations.
Complex and Simple Advances
According to one recent study conducted with security, legal, and compliance executives, “91% of respondents agree that physical security needs a technology-driven industry standard for actively identifying, investigating, assessing, monitoring and managing physical security threats.”
Any experienced advance professional will know how to take advantage of technology. By doing so, they increase the likelihood of a smooth CP operation. For instance, using gear and technology may comprise:
• Managing a security operations centre,
• Mounting CCTV cameras,
• Installing tracking devices, or
• Gathering protective intelligence.
That is why we recommend hiring a proficient advance team comprised of two or more individuals. That way, they can cover more ground faster and reduce the potential for attacks or assaults.
In addition, it may be important to note that not all advances require strenuous planning. In this sense, we can divide advances into simple and complex ones.
A complex advance entails multiple protectees, several venues, many transportation elements and occurs during three or more days. Usually, a complex advance in close protection operations is necessary for participation at the Olympics, G20, Grand Prix, and other high-level events.
Conversely, a simple advance can be implemented for less risky trips. For instance, let us consider a journey to a far-off place in the countryside or a private residence with no one in sight for miles. Then, it may be unnecessary to conduct a complex advance. Actually, in this case, it is usually recommended to apply a simple advance. This action entails a few phone calls and liaising with the destination team.
Nevertheless, whatever the method’s scope, we recommend:
• Finding out as much information as possible,
• Practising extra precaution, and
• Handling logistics and travel arrangements to the letter.
Companies like Panoptic Solutions support individuals and organisations in enhancing productivity and peace of mind by offering unmatched close protection services.