Crimes are on the rise everywhere. Mindless gunfire takes place everywhere; a huge number of people are killed. This has contributed to a rising demand in armored car companies. The car-armoring business is on its way to more success than ever. Number of vehicles bulletproofed is increasing by the minute.
In Mexico only last year there were about 25,000 murders. This year as the records show, the numbers are rising and the situation is worsening.
As tension has started to develop amongst the common people, it is expected that they would increase their security measures. Apart from installing security ensuring devices in their homes and offices, they are looking for safer means of transport. Car manufacturers are intercepting a 10% rise in the number of armored cars. According to the Mexican Automotive Armor Association, in Mexico alone armoring services have been provided to 3,284 cars which is quite less compared to the 15,145 cars armored in Brazil in 2017.
Demands are rising constantly. Many Mexican production lines have started armoring cars on their own instead of after- market armoring due to this rising demand. In 2017, Audi started to develop an armored version of Q5 light sport utility vehicle for this car for local sale and also for exporting to Brazil and Argentina. Their Mexico arm has commented on their armored car companies saying that factory-made armored Q5 sold better as it was deemed more affordable compared to the after -market version which could boost the cost up to $95,000.
Other leading car manufacturing companies such as BMW, Jeep and Mercedes-Benz have also started armored cars, as demands rose.
A sense of security
There are customers who have faced real- life crises while travelling. Complaints range from being robbed, maybe multiple times, to being attacked or assaulted. Armored vehicles provide a sense of security to such customers. There are multiple customers who now swear by such cars whenever they travel. Another reason for mass panic is kidnapping. So there are customers who change their car every two years.
However these armored car companies are still a luxury for many. Not everyone can afford it. Of the 1.5 million cars sold in Mexico in 2017, only a tiny portion was armored, and only a small part of the population really asks for it. The regular customers of cars that are armored are usually limited to the affluent, people with security concerns, and for companies that require certain employees to travel in bulletproof cars accompanied by one or two security personnel or bodyguards.
Such companies include banks, and companies with worldwide fame. The largest banks in Mexico, and multi-national companies like Procter and Gamble are purchasers of armored cars and for understandable reasons. However the companies mentioned have made no comments regarding it.
Armored Car companies everywhere including Mexico have expanded and started allotting rental and leasing offers such car services due to its increasing popularity. Private sectors are the usual users of such vehicles, as they try to protect their employees and their whereabouts from the government.