Close protection security is a demanding job that requires the operative to provide a wide range of services, for a wide range of clients. Close protection operatives understand that the most important part of the role is preparation, and understanding the potential situations you will find yourself in can make a huge difference.
To guarantee the safety of their clients' security operatives must first protect themselves and many choose to do this by wearing covert or overt body armor.
What are the Differences Between Covert and Overt Amour?
Covert armor refers to bullet and stab-resistant vests worn underneath clothing. Conversely, overt armor is worn over clothes and can form part of a uniform. For close protection security, each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Close protection security involves remaining close to the client and ensuring their safety. This can range from simply being present, to driving and escorting them from location to location. Often, the client will likely want the operative to remain discreet and so covert vests are required. These can be worn comfortably underneath clothing or a uniform, and are available in several protective levels including the highest level protective plates capable of stopping armor-piercing rounds. Covert armor has the benefit of being lightweight, flexible, and protective. Some, such as our CoolMAX PRO, are manufactured with temperature-regulating technologies designed to keep the wearer cool and draw moisture away from the skin. This means that operatives can stay protected against firearms, knives, needles, and other weapons while still retaining the ability to offer a protective yet professional service to the client.
There may be instances where clients want the visible presence of security. For instance, for clients in the public eye, it may be beneficial to have prepared security operatives to hand as a deterrent to potential attackers or simply as a statement of authority. In these cases, it may be that an overt vest is preferred.
Overt vests are available at all levels of protection and can be used to protect against all kinds of weapons. They also have the advantage of being customizable by adding pockets for extra equipment or by adding attachments for areas such as the upper arm or neck. Some vests can even have logos, insignia, and high-visibility covers added as a valuable addition to a uniform. These have the advantage of deterring potential attackers and displaying an operative’s preparedness and authority, which may be beneficial for clients who wish to have more ‘active’ close protection security. Of course, some have argued that wearing overt body armor invites attacks and singles out operatives as potential targets.
Here at SafeGuard Clothing, we have developed several covert and overt vets to ensure you stay protected in any situation. Why not take a look at our best sellers here.