Case for bulletproof vehicles ahead of and during elections 

Rushank Doshi of JCBL Armouring Solutions, a JCBL Group Company, says that as the political atmosphere heats up, the demand for safer vehicles goes up. 

By Rushank Doshi, CEO, JCBL Armoring Solutions calendar 12 Jun 2024 Views icon1954 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Case for bulletproof vehicles ahead of and during elections 

Concerns about safety and security can often overshadow the anticipation and excitement surrounding elections. In such times, ensuring personal protection becomes paramount, especially for individuals involved in political activities or residing in areas prone to unrest. 

One effective measure that addresses these concerns is bulletproofing vehicles.

These vehicles have extra security features and are made strong to withstand attacks. They're becoming essential tools for politicians who want to stay safe in the rough world of politics.

Growing demand

The market size for armoured vehicles has experienced significant growth in recent years. It grew from USD 12.78 billion in 2023 to USD 13.73 billion in 2024, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5%. It is expected to reach USD 16.86 billion in 2028, at a CAGR rate of 5.3%.Political candidates, government officials, diplomats, and other influential personalities are increasingly turning to armoured vehicles to mitigate the risks associated with their roles in public life. The perceived threat of targeted attacks and assassination attempts has heightened the need for enhanced security measures, thus driving the demand for bulletproof vehicles.

Factors to consider in bulletproof vehicles

When selecting a bulletproof vehicle, customers need to take various factors into consideration.

Level of Protection: Different vehicles offer varying levels of ballistic protection, ranging from basic armour to advanced features capable of withstanding high-calibre ammunition. Individuals assess their security needs and choose the necessary level of protection based on the potential threats they may encounter.

Comfort and functionality: Despite the emphasis on security, individuals also prioritise comfort and functionality when selecting a bulletproof car. They look for vehicles that offer a smooth ride, spacious interiors, and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable travel experience, especially during long campaign tours.

Discreet Appearance: While security is paramount, preference is for vehicles that do not attract undue attention. Bulletproof cars are designed to blend in with regular vehicles, maintaining a low profile while providing maximum protection, thereby minimising the risk of being targeted by potential threats.

The Benefits

The advantages of bulletproof vehicles extend beyond mere physical protection. These vehicles offer peace of mind to individuals operating in high-risk environments like elections, enabling them to carry out their duties with confidence and assurance. Moreover, the presence of armoured vehicles can serve as a deterrent to potential attackers, reducing the likelihood of security breaches and violent incidents. Bulletproof vehicles provide a means of secure transportation in hostile environments, allowing occupants to travel safely from one location to another.

Factors driving demand

Several factors contribute to the growing demand for bulletproof vehicles in the lead-up to elections. Primary among these is the escalating threat of violence and intimidation targeted at the electoral candidates and public figures. In many regions, electoral campaigns are marred by incidents of violence, including bombings, shootings, and assassinations, prompting individuals to seek out armoured protection. Additionally, the proliferation of armed extremist groups and militant factions further exacerbates security concerns, necessitating the use of armoured vehicles as a precautionary measure.

Evaluating limitations of bulletproof vehicles

While bulletproof vehicles offer enhanced protection and security for indiviuals, they also come with limitations. One significant limitation is their high cost, which makes them inaccessible to individuals with limited financial resources. Additionally, the added weight from the armour can affect the vehicle's fuel efficiency and overall performance, potentially leading to increased maintenance costs. Moreover, while bulletproof vehicles are designed to withstand ballistic attacks, they may not be impervious to all forms of threats, such as explosives or highly sophisticated weapons. 

Furthermore, the increased level of protection provided by these vehicles may create a false sense of security, leading individuals to take unnecessary risks or neglect other security measures. Overall, while bulletproof vehicles offer valuable protection, it's essential to recognise their limitations and supplement them with comprehensive security strategies.

The high cost of purchasing and maintaining armoured vehicles can be prohibitive for many potential buyers, particularly in cases where economic resources are limited. Moreover, the conspicuous nature of these vehicles can attract unwanted attention and potentially escalate security risks, particularly in environments where discretion is paramount. Additionally, the arms race between security forces and potential adversaries means that no vehicle can offer absolute protection against all threats. As tactics evolve and new weapons emerge, armoured vehicle manufacturers must continually innovate to stay ahead of the curve and provide their clients with the highest level of security possible. 

Conclusion

As elections approach and political tensions escalate, the demand for bulletproof vehicles continues to rise, reflecting the climate of uncertainty and insecurity. These vehicles are vital for ensuring the safety and security of individuals involved in the electoral process, enabling them to confidently navigate potentially dangerous environments. The importance of armoured protection in safeguarding democratic institutions and preserving political stability cannot be overstated, underscoring the critical role that bulletproof vehicles play in today's increasingly volatile world. 

Rushank Doshi is the CEO of JCBL Armoring Solutions, a JCBL Group Company.

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