The real key to successful bodyguarding is prevention. Since a significant percentage of all assassinations attempts are successful, the best way to thwart such an event is to prevent the attempt.
Preventive security requires the bodyguard become thoroughly acquainted with the client’s daily routine. He should be aware of all travel patterns (i.e., from home to office, from corporate office to branch office, from office to restaurant, etc.) and all business patterns (i.e., secretary take dictation at 10:30, coffee break at 11:00, conference with the President Thursday afternoon, etc). After completely examining these established patterns the bodyguard must analyze them to determine when the client is exposed to possible danger. Having determined dangerous areas, new patterns and alternatives are developed for the client to follow so that a would-be assassin can never be certain that the client will pass a particular location or be in a certain place at a given time.
To illustrate how this would work, assume that an executive of a large trucking firm was forced to call in non-union drivers to break an extremely costly strike. Tempers flare, the strikers become unruly and the executive receives some threatening phone calls. As the executive’s bodyguard, you must come up with a plan that will expose him to the least amount of risk and still enable him to carry out his day-to-day responsibilities.