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Find a bodyguard or other personal security services to keep you safe. If you are in the public eye or a high-risk environment, then close protection can be a solution to ensure you aren’t susceptible to attacks.

We’ll help you find a bodyguard near you with the required qualifications and licenses to operate close protection services.

How much is a Bodyguard?

You might be wondering how much a bodyguard costs. When you employ a personal protection officer, you can do so per hour, per event, or as a full-time job if you are regularly in situations that justify close protection.

The cost varies depending on where you are based, and if you book repeat work for the bodyguard. For example, if you employ a personal bodyguard once a week. You'll also pay more if you need two close protection officers or personal security guards with you.

How do I check a Bodyguard’s credentials?

Bodyguards tend to be regulated, though it depends on what part of the world you are based in. A personal bodyguard should have all of the local certifications and licenses to operate. In some states and countries, there is a specific Close Protection license.

Many bodyguards have websites that show their experience. Testimonials, as well as any previous projects they have worked on, can give a good indication of a trustworthy bodyguard. Many are ex-military or police, with a lot of experience in either combat or high-risk scenarios.

What does a Bodyguard or Close Protection Officer do?

A lot of people think that a bodyguard is simply in place to stay a couple of meters behind and watch out for bad guys. So the movies have us believe. Their job is much more complex than this.

Assessing imminent threats


When you first think of a bodyguard, their ability to spot any imminent threats and tackle them effectively might spring to mind. Close protection officers provide this security by staying nearby and spotting or tackling threats.

Planning routes, driving or following


Bodyguards can plan the best routes while walking or driving to try and avoid any threats. Many will also act as your driver, or follow your vehicle if you would rather drive on your own. Some close protection officers have specific driving qualifications and act as professional drivers too. You may have to pay extra for these services.

Performing searches


A close protection officer may enter a building or venue first and search for any dangers or threats so that you can be assured that it is safe before you enter.

Are Close Protection Officers just for individuals?

Close protection officers can often be employed for events, to act as overall security, and can also guard secure premises or commercial security. For example, to guard a high-value property or protect against theft. Speak to your chosen bodyguard services or close protection company to see exactly what they offer.
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Centurion Guards

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence

We supply bodyguards across the UK and throughout Europe. Security guards, guard dogs, mobile security patrols in and around the London area. Emergency security available within 3 hours anywhere inside of the M25 Many of our bodyguards are ex-military with some of them being ex-Royal Marine Commandos or ex-Special Forces. Our management team have supplied security services to Audi, Debenhams, Oak Furnitureland, Premier Inn, Wandsworth Council, The Science Museum and many other leading organisations including royal families and company CEO's.

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What do you love most about your job?

We love providing effective responsive security solutions to people and organisations.


If you need an immediate response 24/7 call 0844 499 0607

What inspired you to start your own business?

I knew I could offer a professional and responsive service to customers in need of real world protection.

Our society is becoming more lawless and violent and I've noticed that many people at the top of their field are unprotected. They also need security that they can rely on in the most dangerous of situations.

I was tired of security staff who were either too heavy handed with suspects or who are not up to the job of securing people and property.

Why should our clients choose you?

When you're having to deal with someone threatening your life, you need a security expert who you can trust, get through to instantly and totally rely on to counter and nullify the threat you are facing.

I have over 30 years of security experience, in sectors such as retail, events, bodyguards. museums, councils etc.

Our clients have included Audi, Puma, Hugo Boss, Harpo Productions (Oprah Winfrey's Production Company), The Science Museum, Oak Furnitureland, Premier Inn, LuLu Lemon, Ugg Boots, the British Red Cross and many other leading brands.

Customer Testimonials:

1. "Raymond offers a complete package. After an initial telephone conversation, I received a prompt visit to discuss my company's requirements and business standards.

A four-week cover turned into 12 months mainly due to his ability to supply trained smart and committed staff. As a security manager, I was impressed with a company that kept in regular contact with me and continually strived to fine-tune its service."
Darren Heath Debenhams Security Manager


2. "Dear Raymond Just a note to thank you for expediting our requirements for guards this past month.

All my managers reported an entirely satisfactory service from your security guards who performed during a period of high business pressure." Dave Willock, Austin Reed, Group Security Manager.


3. "Raymond’s company covered our Purley store during a period of sustained threat; their service was very reassuring and proficient, from their security guard on site, even to the area manager's liaison with us.
I would be more than happy to use them again should the need arise." Lorraine Minler, Laura Ashley.


4. "Dear Raymond, thank you for your excellent service, we really appreciate your professionalism and hands-on customer service. Not only did you supply brilliant security staff but your area manager visiting our store manager to brief him on how to use your services was outstanding.

On the very first day of using your company, your security staff put a stop to the ongoing mass shoplifting, which was plaguing our Portobello Road store for a number of weeks. Thanks again for taking charge of what was a potentially volatile situation in an outstanding manner."
Lisa Moore, Pe Pe Jeans London


5. We had to call Raymond at very short notice to get security over to our Knightsbridge Store. He had security cover in place for us in one and a half hours; they sure are quick and efficient and helped us out when we really needed help.

Thanks, Raymond!
Claire Greenwood, UGG Australia



6. Hello Raymond

I want to express my gratitude for the emergency security cover that you recently supplied to us. Not having a pre-existing relationship did worry me somewhat however I need not have concerned myself because you provided an excellent service.

Please pass on my thanks to your security guards who were all very professional.

I will recommend your business without hesitation.

Kind Regards

Kenneth Clinton
Manager, Croydon Showroom, Oakland Furniture

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Yes. Terms can vary across different regions and countries, but both bodyguards and close protection officers (CPO) provide the same service - protecting someone, or less commonly a group of people, from danger in the form of theft, assault, kidnapping, etc.

This varies depending on your location. In the UK, carrying weapons is prohibited, excluding a few specially trained professionals who are legally able to carry firearms due to the nature of their work. However, bodyguards are permitted to carry firearms in countries where weapons are legal.

Bodyguards and close protection officers need to obtain an SIA license to operate in the UK. This is acquired through completing an SIA approved training course, identity and criminal checks, and evidence of a first aid award.

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