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A glimpse into the high-priced world of private security and technology

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(WJLA) - The ear pieces, accompanied by icy stares and plotted-out routes with backup plans to their backup plans, are just an average day for Jack Hickey and his security team at Aegis Global.

And this is hardly an anomaly.

"Business is good, business is good," says Hickey. "We handle everyone - political figures, high-network families, high-level execs. No shortage of work."

Today, they keep close tabs on Frank Islam, the entrepreneur and IT specialist, as he leaves his Potomac estate and heads to a meeting with, among others, Bill Clinton.

He's in secure hands, to say the least. A "go kit" contains everything from medical equipment to gas masks.

Around the house - cameras, infrared imaging, a command center, and plenty more we can't show.

"There's only two of us living in this house, so we need peace of mind, a little bit, also," Islam explains.

When asked if he thinks most people in the general public know this kind of world exists, Hickey says, "If you're not aware of what to look for, you would never see us."

Hickey says, all of this could be sitting at a stoplight next to the average driver, though they'd never know.

"A sniper would attack a vehicle perhaps at a door seam, so you'll see protection along that side," explains Don MacMillan of Alpine Armoring in Herndon, Va.

At Alpine, they're budy churning out fortresses on four wheels.

"You could stand with an AK-47, an M-16, and fire away at the vehicle, and they're virtually a tank," MacMillan describes.

The claims are confirmed the hard way, as we watch a high-powered rifle shot at the vehicle.

"If I open up the door, see? No penetration," MacMillan reveals.

When asked if businesses has been growing lately, MacMillan, answers, "Absolutely, absolutely. Business has been huge for us lately."

There are almost no limits in what a person can pay for - such as diversionary tactics, smoke screens, and much more.

For example - at a stoplight, if someone tries getting into your car, they can be treated to a rude surprise from a shocking door handle.

From $100,000 to half a million, an increasing number of CEOs, athletes and even non-household names are in a bubble of bullet-proof material.

You just might not notice.

"I pick up on two or three security details every time I'm out," says Hickey. "It's there, just not everybody picks up on it."

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