While most civilian business sectors thrive in peaceful political and economic conditions, the armored car industry burgeons in political crises, civil wars and in an environment of assassinations.
Many armored cars are fitted with Kevlar, hardened ballistic steel, and 6 centimeter bulletproof glass. (Al Arabiya)
“If you have that kind of money, it’s kind of silly not to spend a little bit of it on the protection of your family and your life. If your net worth is $10 million, what’s 200,000 dollars on an armored car?” said Forston.
Higher-spec armored vehicles can withstand fire from high-powered rifles such as the AK-47 and M16. (Al Arabiya)
The lowest level of bulletproofing reinforces vehicles from pistol and shotgun fire. This type of armoring is popular in Central and South America where shootings and hold-ups are common.