With the Republican National Convention four months away, private security firms, lawyers, and bodyguard training companies are relying on fear to sell their services, reports the Tampa Bay Times. "The RNC is coming [ ] Is your security ready for it?" says a mailer to 5,000 downtown businesses from a Lutz security installation company. "At the 2004 RNC there were 1,800 arrests, in 2008 there were 800 arrests. What kind of mayhem will Tampa see in 2012?"
A former Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy offers "armed executive personal security and transportation" on his investigations and security consulting company website, while a Tampa insurance claims adjustor is circulating a news release explaining how companies should protect themselves in case mayhem occurs. Of the 50,000 visitors expected for the RNC, police said 15,000 will be protesters. ASI Consultants & Associates, a. Fort Lauderdale bodyguard training firm. advertises three-day sessions to train and license bodyguards with as many as six certifications and prerequisites to get RNC-related security jobs. "I've gotten probably about 40 phone calls," said owner Bill Ferrell. "We actually had that class filled within the three weeks of advertising it, and we actually turned down some people."