GDBA, AS Solutions (AUS), & Pinkerton vs. AEGIS on Protection Services – Sometimes, Boutique is Sometimes Better
Gavin de Becker (GDBA), AS Solutions (now AUS Executive Protection and Intelligence Services), and Pinkerton (a subsidiary of Securitas) are well respected, highly decorated, repeatedly published, overwhelming qualified security experts and in many ways, AEGIS strives to emulate many of their service offerings. We can not and will not take away any of the credit they deserve for their work in the field of security and protection. However, GBDA, AUS EP & Intelligence Services, and Pinkerton are not ideal for everyone looking to hire close protection aka bodyguard security services for personal protection or business purposes.
These companies are big, international, security operations with a lot of name recognition and high-profile clients. While that may sound attractive to someone looking for a quality security service, it is important to understand that hiring such a company comes with some drawbacks.
Let’s start with company-client rapport. AS Solutions, now AUS Executive Protection & Intelligence Services services thousands of clients globally. While AUS sees this as a point of pride, it is actually a possible reason to look elsewhere. You want a qualified expert customizing every tiny detail when it comes to securing you, your family, your home, and your business. You want a company that values your business and thrives on you to have the personalized support you deserve. You may not want to be one of “several thousand clients” with the attention of middle management.
At AEGIS Security & Investigations we are a boutique security agency. Every client we protect is treated as though they are our most important client, with direct lines to our executive team and operational support 24/7. We give it 110% every single day, because we know you are trusting us to keep you, your family, and your business safe and we take that responsibility seriously. We are part of the communities we protect and have a vested interest in providing the highest quality customized security services available.
Gavin de Becker has published many books on the topic of security. These books are full of knowledge, are heavily researched, industry vetted concepts and GDBA has an entire section of their website dedicated to selling these books. They market these resources for the general public.
AEGIS relies on industry vetted concepts in fielding its close protection agents, security drivers, and estate protection officers as well as local intelligence to execute our duties. Our executive team, together with our field staff, put these concepts into practice on behalf of our clients every day – in the field – managing teams, conducting assessments, mitigating vulnerabilities, and ensuring the safety and security of our clients and their assets. We craft deployment plans, security protocols, and contingency based emergency action plans specifically for clients and their personal needs. A company with such a large footprint simply is not able to dedicate the executive level resources that a local, more boutique firm, is capable of doing.
Anecdotal evidence suggests Pinkerton charges a lot for their executive protection and estate services. While they may perform well in many settings, high priced services may not be for everyone. They are a big company with national recognition and a lot of overhead. You not only pay for the brand, but also for all of the costs associated with being a nationwide operation. While at AEGIS we always emphasize that security is an investment like an insurance policy and not just an expense, that must work within your budget.
AEGIS is not the cheapest security firm, nor are we the most expensive. We charge a fair price for our services and do our best to work with clients to ensure they get the most bang for their buck. With AEGIS you will pay for our experience, training, technology including our partnered GSOC, and out relationships. You will not pay for name recognition or for us to mark up off the shelf products not provided by us and our partners. This applies to our EP Agents, Estate Protection Agents, Off Duty Police Officers, and everything in between.
At the end of the day you need to make the decision that is best for your family and business. If you want customer service from a real professional in your community, a security firm that values each of its clients as individuals, a security firm designed to work with you and not for you, and unique security strategies custom tailored to your needs then AEGIS is the right choice for you.