What is Your Security Awareness IQ?

Are you aware of the need for security?

Your awareness of the need for security, is the best place to begin a discussion on physical property security. What is security awareness? Our definition is multi-faceted, and includes the ability to identify known and unknown threats, being aware of the technologies, products and services that can defuse those threats, knowing how to operate the products and systems you have, and most importantly the awareness that these systems must be used, and must be used all of the time. This security awareness may be more important to the security of your home and business than any of the security hardware or systems you install. Why is this? Any lock or security system, will not do you any good unless, You use it!

An old adage states that "locks only keep honest people honest", and is possibly very true. If the "bad guys" really want to get in, all we can really hope for is to slow them down. If you, with our help, choose and have installed the correct hardware and/or systems, we CAN slow them down - or at least discourage them from threatening your loved ones and your property.

We've all heard the stories, usually from older relatives, about never having to lock our doors or cars, because the town was so safe, and they knew everyone. Well it is sad to say, but those days are gone. When people choose not to secure their property, they are not doing only themselves a disservice, they are also hurting their community. If any one of us makes it easier for the "bad guys" to prosper, they will multiply, our communities become less safe, our property values decline, and our quality of life suffers.

Yes that's right, if a lock is not locked, it's only a decoration. You need to be aware of using your locks every time you leave as the "bad guys" don't advertise what day they are coming!

In medieval times security was easy; the property owner built a castle, dug a moat, and erected a drawbridge. Today these measures are not practical, or even desired. In today's society, if you lived in a castle, and made all of your decisions based on safety and security, you would at the very least be labeled as paranoid. It is important that you balance the level of security you install, and how it operates, with your unique situation. You and any other persons need to fully understand how your systems operate - does it require you to lock it manually or will it fortify your property automatically. If you have too much security, you will not use it; too little security, and it will not do the job.

Back to our medieval castle. The property owner recognizing that he might have to increase the level of security at a moments notice, made provisions to place his archers along the walls. We don't have any archers, but we can be sure that systems and plans are in place. Thus, we can increase the level of security and protection if the threat level increases.

You can combine this security awareness with properly chosen and installed hardware and/or security systems. And with the general security tips provided at this site. Then you can take this information and apply it to your particular situation. With a little initiative and the use of this new security awareness you will be on the way to creating "Peace of Mind" for your family, business and community.

Please visit http://www.SecureYourStuff.com for links to manufacturers sites and crime prevention sites, many of which have additional security tips.

Jim Newell a Security Professional and Consultant for over 35 years, operates a wed site who's mission is to bring you information about security systems , security devices and security hardware. To help you to make informed and educated decisions about securing your personal property, your home and your business property. Visit http://www.secureYourStuff.com for more info.

In The News:


Research: Home Security systems vulnerable to hackers, cyberattacks
SiliconBeat
You probably knew that hackers could break into your email account and the NSA can listen in on your calls. But did you know that your home security system may be vulnerable to a cyberattack also? Hackers can easily compromise the signals being sent by ...


Basic Home Security Systems are Not as Safe as You Might Think
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Many of us feel completely safe in a home protected by an automated security system, but security researchers Logan Lamb and Silvio Cesare found some easily replicated ways to get past some of the most popular security system brands. Both researchers ...


Home Security Systems Can be Hacked
WAND
DECATUR- Dale Baker has an ADT home security system. He'd be at home when it would start chirping. "I was hearing that a lot, but no doors or windows were open," Baker says. He called the company and learned something that disturbed him. His system ...


Home article Home Security Systems Get a Facelift
Baltimore Magazine
β€œIn recent years, ADT, along with others, has started to move from traditional home security to home-automation products, where you start to automate things like lights, door locks, and the garage-door opener,” says Andrew Droney, director of ...
Leading Home Security Monitoring Provider, Alarm Relay, Releases 9 Tips to ...Consumer Electronics Net

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Air conditioners and home security
WTNH
NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) β€” When the weather heats up, the air conditioners come out. But if your window AC is on the first floor, you may want to take steps to keep that from becoming an easy entryway into your home from burglars. Use these holes to ...


Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home
TechCrunch
Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant ...


This DIY Home Security System Smashed Its Goals On Kickstarter
Business Insider
You just attach as many sensors as you want to the ceiling in different rooms in your house. Then, when they detect motion or smoke, they will automatically start taking pictures and send them to your phone through a base station that you plug in to ...

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Recent burglary exposes home-security system loophole
KTVU San Francisco
The home that was burglarized had a home security system, but the burglar or burglars were able access the utility box outside the home and unplug the phone jack for the security system, without the security company being aware the system was disabled.


Forbes

How Your Security System Could Be Hacked To Spy On You
Forbes
Lamb had been doing research on the way popular security systems, such as those from Vivint and ADT, can be turned against their owners to spy on their activity or suppressed so that they fail to go off when an intruder enters the home. His co-worker ...


SlashGear

How to get connected home security without breaking the bank
SlashGear
Connected homes are fast becoming the new normal, with platforms like Wink coming to the mainstream. Through it all, one thing remains a point of concern for potential customers: home security. A typically expensive proposition, home security is fast ...

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