In an ever changing world, where a lack of respect and lack of discipline are the order of the day, stab proof vests have become an essential piece of equipment for many bailiffs and enforcement agents.
A lack of adequate safety measures can put these individuals at unnecessary risk, and cause unacceptable injury or harm.
Robert Kaiser, CEO of stab vest manufacturing firm PPSS Group, states:
“We have to accept that some individuals are seriously bad people with no concerns of the well-being of others whatsoever and a real disregard for human life in general.”
“We also have to accept that even if you are lucky enough to have the most beautiful personality, the voice of an angel and out of this world communication skills… the fact of the matter remains that someone who is seriously intoxicated, drunk or under the influence of serious drugs, or someone who is just having a really shit day or recovering from any other types of serious emotional trauma may well overreact to anything you are going to say or planning to do.”
Dealing with individuals like this means exposing yourself to real risks!
“I personally believe strongly that covert stab vests or overt stab vests (manufactured under strict ISO 9001:2008 quality controlled conditions) can make a real difference.”
“For me body armour are the ‘last line of defence’, something that can make the difference between injury or no injury… between life and death… when everything else has failed.”
Robert has now written an extremely informative article on this subject matter: “Can Stab Vests Help Protect Bailiffs & Enforcement Officers?”
Andy Coates (CEO of Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd) has been in the enforcement and investigation industries since 1986. Andy comments:
“When I go out on the job, safety has always been a high priority and after being attacked with a knife some years ago I have always worn body armour… and now when I deliver training courses I bring in my stab resistant vest and show it to the students advising them to purchase similar equipment.”
Paul Smith, Enforcement Operations Manager at Andrew Wilson & Co, one of the leading High Court Enforcement Offices in the country, said:
“Attacks are rare, but pushing and shoving is more common and threats with a hammer, a scaffolding pole and a screwdriver are examples of recent incidents. We are looking at the safety issues for our officers and making stab resistant vests available is our current priority”.
Claire Sandbrook, CEO of widely respected High Court Enforcement Agency Shergroup commented:
“I support the idea of stab proof vests way out in front to the use of body cameras which seen to be increasing in popularity in the rank and file of bailiff companies… for me protective vests are more important than body cameras, which I think can inflame situations rather than protecting officers or the public. There is no doubt in my mind that our officers are encountering more risk as they look to enforce possession orders and money judgments. However the sharp end is when carrying out evictions and here the temperature of a situation can escalate quickly as a person loses their home.”
PPSS Group is aware of the many bailiffs discussing the subject of stab vests via different social networking platforms. Some suggest or even recommend second hand or ‘retired’ ex-police body armour, or body armour from eBay or an army surplus store. It really is worth to reconsider this attitude towards body armour!
One simply doesn’t know what the real history of that body armour is. How old is the protective material? How have they been stored or taken care of? How many fights and physical confrontation have they seen?
99% of stab proof vests are made out of Kevlar, and Kevlar will degrade within 3-5 years subject to exposure to UV light and moisture e.g. sweat, rain, fog, mist and rain etc. Kevlar based body armour have a limited shelf life and the one you might consider to buy cheap and cheerful may well not offer the sufficient level of protection you expect.
PPSS Stab proof Vests are made out of body moulded polycarbonate (identical to police riot shields)… they offer an unlimited lifespan and unmatched protection from blunt force trauma and hypodermic needles.
Should you ever have any questions in reference to stab proof vests, then please do not hesitate and contact my teams, and in the strictest of confidence they will help you to the best of their ability.