The damage: Fiona McClymont discovers the cost of professional protection
Saturday 03 April 1999
Security in numbers Four bodyguards working on rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, (employed to be by VIP's side at all times) pounds 5,200; two drivers, pounds 1,800 each; six operatives (also trained as bodyguards, but not working so closely with VIP) for the VIP's home (three men per 12-hour shift), pounds 4,200
On the move Armoured car for bodyguards and VIP, pounds 380; standard vehicle to transport rest of team, pounds 250; Body armour, pounds 425
Safe as houses Installation of CCTV with night-vision, perimeter alarms and a control room for VIP's home, pounds 1,900; 7ft security fence, if required, pounds 900 (razor wire extra); safe room - fully armoured with communications, bomb blanket, first-aid kit and toilet, food and water, pounds 2,500; explosives detector for screening all incoming mail, pounds 495; phone-tapping equipment to help police identify different voices, pounds 110
Total pounds 18,160
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