For some in the industry, especially those just entering the business, there is a misconception of the definition of security driving – in particular, the job description of a security driver. Security driving is more than driving a vehicle. It requires the skill and knowledge to move a principal from point A to point B in a safe and secure manner and a variety of environments. In fact, security driving is more accurately called secure transportation, which encompasses in-depth knowledge and a measured level of skill to conduct route surveys, recognize and develop safe havens, create alternate-route plans, and develop emergency evacuation plans. Advanced first-aid skills are also essential.
Recently, bodyguard and CP/EP training doctrine suggests that security driving is a secondary skill, many times described as an “add-on” or training you may want to consider after you have been to a CP/EP training program. The fact is, it’s not the training community that determines the skills necessary for employment. It’s the job market. The most important members of the protection industry – the decision makers who have supplied protection-based jobs for decades – have recognized that those who supply secure transportation are value-added members of the security team. Why does this market seek out those with secure transportation skills? The simple answer is that most events that have continued to be problematic are vehicle-related.
The logic is inarguable. History and common sense dictate that security practitioners address incidents that have the highest probability of occurrence. For decades, every credible study indicates that the overwhelming majority of security incidents involving corporate executives and high-profile individuals, including government officials and the military, have occurred while the targeted individual was in or around their vehicle.
One of the most exhaustive studies to date, conducted by Gavin DeBecker, Tom Taylor, and Jeff Marquart and published in the book Just 2 Seconds, indicates that 43 percent of all security incidents in which an individual was the target of an act meant to embarrass, harass, or cause harm, occurred while the target was seated or riding in a vehicle.
According to this study, which examined more than 1,000 incidents worldwide, security-related risks are far more prevalent when the intended victim or target is in their vehicle than at any other time or location. On April 20, 2014, IntelCenter, a private group that provides intelligence to private-sector and government clients, released a study that found that in the first months of 2014, most targeted kidnappings (34.15 percent) worldwide occurred while the intended target was driving. It’s also worth noting that the experts at IntelCenter expect that trend to continue for the foreseeable future. Given the clearly defined risks associated with traveling from point A to point B by car, it stands to reason that managing those risks should be a priority.
The objective of personal security is to mitigate risk. The job market must address the incidents that have the highest probability of occurrence. The overwhelming majority of security incidents against the principal have occurred while the individual was in or around their vehicle. History has shown that the market seeks those with a skill set that mitigates that risk. So consider enrolling in a credible and professional security driver training program as part of your CP/EP training.