PS. i can tell you by experience that wearing kneepad inside the trousers is very uncomfortable. as a matter of fact it is always uncomfortable to have them on anywhere , unless u are in a situation where you have to kneel on hard ground. For the security guards to have kneepads and elbow guards is jut a show.
Instead i think they should be provided with some high class jackets and pants with built in knee pads.
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Agreed that by being more visible, they can attract more fire power onto them as oppose to the "VIP'S." Where I beg to differ is the fact that when an assassin would want to target a VIP he/she will aim for them and not the outer layer. Examples of these include, Benazi Bhotto, and President Kennedy amongst others. However, you are correct, that having them built in makes the best approach. I have never had the opportunity to try elbow, knee pads individually as ours were always built in the uniform. But then again we always had to kneel on hard grounds, unpaved concrete cement and stoney jungle terrains. Never got to feel how the brown sand of Pragati Maidan
would be. From my experience, given the Indian terrain, I don't think that knee and elbow pads for security guards are for show. Buildings in India are cement/stone based and hence far more rough than what I have dealt with. With the exception of west ofcourse, Israel and India both tend to have a more harsher terrain hence when we were training with them we really appreciated having our elbow and knee pads, as the walls there have glasses on top to avoid people from climbing them. But I guess to each to their own. I will say it again, that when it comes to proving their skills, they come highly recommned minus the looks!