Private estate security

Understanding Security Procedures for Private Estates

Criminals often target the private estate of high-profile individuals, targeting those with high-net-worth in order to seize their assets or to pose a physical threat against these individuals. If your home is left unprotected, the place that should be your refuge may instead become a threat to your safety.

Social unrest and increased impunity from crimes has created a high threat level in the United States and beyond. The most aggressive way to defend yourself, your family, and your property from emergency situations are private estate security services.

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Types of Criminals

When it comes to assessing your security risks, two main criminals are your biggest threats: predatory criminals and opportunistic criminals. Predatory criminals seek you out. They make sophisticated plans against you and your estate because, if successful, they know that the payout will be worth their effort. Opportunistic criminals are people that randomly come across you or your estate in daily life, see an opportunity, and either react in the moment or start making plans against you.

Types of Crime

Crime is constantly evolving, but there are certain recurring crimes to be aware of:

  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Home Invasion and Robbery
  • Identity Theft and Fraud
  • Stalking (and other crimes involving mental health issues)
  • Trespassing and vandalism, including squatting
  • Extortion plots
  • Kidnapping and ransom
  • Grievance-based assault and homicide
  • Rape
  • Crimes of passion, including violent domestic disputes
  • Cybercrimes, including ransomware attacks

Private security personnel can help protect you from these and other threats.

When it comes to assessing your security risks, two main criminals are your biggest threats: predatory criminals and opportunistic criminals.

What is estate security? What does it include?

Estate security often includes:

  • The strategic development of a customized security plan for your home and lifestyle
  • Professional security guards
    • Trained guard(s) performing Close Personal Protection (usually one or more security guards working in shifts)
    • Unarmed or armed guards, depending on the threat level and your personal preference
    • Security guards execute the security plan and serve as a strong visual deterrent
    • Security guards respond tactically to physical security threats.
  • Access Control
    • Security always includes limiting access to your property. A residential security team will engage in active access control by screening visitors and monitoring the property for trespassers and would-be intruders.
    • Visitor checkpoints are essential. And individuals living under the threat of kidnapping and personal assaults may want to have themselves or their vehicles screened before entering their property.
    • Often, security guards can visually recognize authorized residents and guests. However, more sophisticated approaches include ID badges, face recognition, or biometric identification.
    • A guardhouse or booth is often the hub for access control. Located near an entrance, the guardhouse typically includes electronics surveillance and communications capabilities.
  • Perimeter monitoring
    • Security guard patrols
    • The installation and management of state-of-the-art security systems
    • Security system monitoring
  • Active threat monitoring
    • Social media threats
    • Threats by specific, known individuals
    • Generalized threat levels based on personal or family exposure and scrutiny
    • Personalized threat levels
    • Neighborhood crime trends
    • Local city and regional crime trends

 

Securing a private estate should always include, at a minimum, private security officers combined with camera monitoring, system alerts, and communication systems.

An estate security company can provide a tailored plan and active security oversight. Estate security managers also provide ongoing personnel and systems management.

An estate security company can provide a tailored plan and active security oversight.

How much does estate security cost?

Private estate security is undoubtedly a luxury reserved for wealthy individuals, public figures, and executives of successful businesses.

An armed concealed (CCW) guard starts at $85/hr in the San Francisco Bay Area while an unarmed option is $65/hr, but that number can be higher depending on the guard’s experience level. That’s half a million dollars a year for 24/7 protection. Some estates will select partial coverage, while others may need more than one guard at a time. The recommended coverage varies based on your threat index, and will need to be evaluated by a private security company like Global Risk Solutions, Inc.

Remember that an actual security guard only earns about one-third of their hourly rate as a salary, as the rest goes to security licenses, insurance, taxes, and company overhead. However, this formula is standard for the security industry, and it is the only sustainable way for a security company to safely and legally provide reliable coverage.

But I pay taxes for the police. So why do I need to pay for private security?

While the police in your area may be well-trained for their job, they are inherently a responsive force. Law enforcement will only act after a security attack, they are not a proactive solution for safety. Police do not actively defend your property; they cannot be in more than one place at one time.

Private estate security is laser-focused on keeping you, your family, home, guests, and assets safe. Professional security guards are often former police officers, military personnel, or specially trained security professionals. Instead of protecting the entire community, their mission is to protect your specific interests. This tailored approach to security, whether it is executive protection or private estate security, provides peace of mind to a client as well as their family and friends.

Private estate security is undoubtedly a luxury reserved for wealthy individuals, public figures, and executives of successful businesses.

What about ADT, Simplisafe, or Ring?

Like the police, ADT and other security services are responsive and delayed, and these security services do not actively protect your interests. Instead, ADT— and the myriad of other security services like them— still rely heavily on law enforcement and their response times to keep you safe.

These pre-packaged security systems may have a patrol service in the neighborhood, but they are usually low-level security officers with limited tactical experience. They are not trained to engage an attacker, but rather their protocol is to alert the authorities. A solution such as an armed security professional or a private security team is more responsive in an active threat situation, providing high-quality protection for your private estate. Investing in private estate security ensures your residence remains secure and your loved ones are not at risk.

Still, estate owners often rely on these private security systems and monitoring services. These systems can monitor, alert, and connect you with help; they do not provide much real physical protection that can react in real time. The wrong security system— or a poorly maintained system— can quickly be hacked and turned into a tool for criminals worldwide to exploit. Homeowners have found themselves stalked, blackmailed, extorted, and threatened due to insecure and poorly designed security systems.

There is no such thing as a “smart” security system. There are only intelligent humans who design, install and maintain good technology.

There is no such thing as a “smart” security system. There are only intelligent humans who design, install and maintain good technology. 

Can I just hire a guard (or two) myself?

Some estate owners or managers have tried to hire security guards directly. The goal is to save 60%+ on the cost, which can be an appealing offer at first. However, there are no shortcuts— because, in effect, these estates are now attempting to become security companies themselves. Here are some of the pitfalls that you avoid by hiring a private security company instead of trying to do it yourself:

  • Untrained or lower-performing agents
  • Guards with a lack of physical or mental fitness
  • Guards with hidden substance-abuse problems
  • Guards with an inability to handle conflict
  • Guards with poor communication skills
  • High turnover and other HR-related frustrations
  • Requirement of taking disciplinary measures directly, which can lead to employee resentment and a bad home environment
  • Lack of support staff to monitor and detect threats
  • No protection or insurance against guards who commit crimes or are complicit in criminal schemes
  • Legal liability of unlicensed or uninsured security agents or the high cost of carrying the appropriate policies and licenses.
  • Extreme civil or criminal liability in the event of a security situation. You may face multi-million dollar lawsuits for cases involving the death or injury of a security professional or even criminals— the simple accidental discharge of a firearm by an unlicensed security guard could lead to serious consequences.


Using a security system may feel tempting in order to avoid the liabilities that come with hiring security guards directly. However, high-quality protection comes from hiring an experienced company with excellent references and well-trained security professionals to keep you safe.

Private Estate Security Assessments: Getting Started

Your security services begin with a comprehensive threat assessment and analysis. A company needs to understand potential threats and understand your estate’s unique risks and most significant vulnerabilities. A private security company will understand the best way to conduct these assessments, providing their clients with an honest review of their private estate.

Some security procedures discussed in a security assessment may include:

  • Status of background checks for estate personnel and contractors
  • Review of existing security protocols
  • Personal questions on your daily activities, lifestyle, and habits
  • Evaluating your neighborhood during different times of day
  • Thoroughly checking the home’s interior, including windows, doors, locks, attic spaces, basements, bedroom security, and cellars
  • Assessing the exterior of the house, including crawl spaces, corners, and the roof
  • Checking the protection of any exterior standing structures, such as pool houses or garden sheds
  • Evaluating the home’s landscaping for security risks like potential concealment areas and dark spots


Additionally, securing your home against threats may include new upgrades, repairs, or home additions. You may need to:

  • Upgrade doors, windows, and locks
  • Add exterior lighting, including spotlights or floodlights
  • Adjust landscaping in certain areas
  • Install or upgrade fencing and physical boundaries
  • Install an up-to-date security system
  • Add a panic room

Secure Your Property with Private Estate Security

Upscale neighborhoods, multimillion-dollar mansions, and prestige estates make enticing targets. As a result, these places are regularly scoped out and patrolled (physically or digitally) by would-be criminals. One Toronto neighborhood had over 150 break-ins in less than a year (2017), with millions of property stolen. These numbers are not unique, proving that investing in private estate security is an excellent decision when it comes to ensuring your family and assets are safe.

Private estate security makes it clear that your home is protected, defended, and not an easy target. At Global Risk Solutions, Inc., highly-trained professionals are standing by to protect your private estate, bringing you peace of mind in an ever-changing world.

Additionally, securing your home against threats may include new upgrades, repairs, or home additions.

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