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Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Protective Surveillance (PS) is now widely used by people that don’t want others to know that they have a protection team or is employed by a third party to protect a principle without their knowledge.

Many high profile business people now employ PS as part of their security team, the benefit is that no attention is drawn to them and this can be a good idea depending on the threat level.

The obvious disadvantage to PS is reaction time, remember the primary role of protective surveillance is to protect the principle against any hostile threat and the secondary role is counter surveillance.

Counter surveillance is conducted by the PS to identify any possible surveillance or hostile surveillance being carried out on the principal.

The numbers of team members involved in the PS team will ultimately dictate the performance of the counter surveillance conducted.

A protective surveillance team need to remain covert and to do this they must blend in to the background, to effectively do this they must have an in depth knowledge of their principles schedule and routine, many changes of clothes could be needed as well as a rotation of team members.

Reaction to attack

Firstly, if a planned attack has happened then something has gone wrong.

If an attack happens its essential to react fast and effectively to close the distance to the client and either remove or reduce the threat or remove the principle from the threat.

This could be getting the principle into a location that is more defendable or into a vehicle that can quickly extract from the area or even attacking the threat to eliminate.

Types of threat could be:

  • Terrorist

  • Criminals

  • Debtors

  • Fans

  • Stalkers

  • Mob

There are many threats and it would be impossible to list all of them.

For more information on our security services please contact us on:

VIS Protection

London Office: Suite 2775, Unit 3A, 34-35 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London, EC1N 8DX


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