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:


Techlicious

6 Inexpensive DIY Home Security Systems
Techlicious
If you've shopped around for home security systems in the past, then you know how expensive they can be. But that's starting to change. Sure, many professionally installed and monitored systems still carry a hefty monthly cost. But there are other, ...

and more »

Christian Science Monitor

With Bush 41's home security fail, more trouble for the Secret Service
Christian Science Monitor
Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general finds that the alarm system at former President George H.W. Bush's home in Houston was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it. During that time, extra ...
Security lapses found at George HW Bush's homeThe Hill (blog)
Investigators looking into security lapse at home of former President George ...whnt.com
Report blasts Secret Service for ex-president security breachesNew York Post
CBS46 News Atlanta -Los Angeles Times
all 211 news articles »

Warsaw man arrested for a Buffalo home security scam
Buffalo News
James Boyle of Genesee Street, Warsaw, was arrested near his alleged victim's home. He was charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, second-degree forgery and petit larceny. The woman told police Boyle had talked her into switching home security ...


WKBN.com

How a smartphone can compromise your home security
WKBN.com
But with that ease comes the power for abuse. For example, several smartphone apps could literally hand a stranger the keys to your home. All it takes is a few dollars, a smartphone and a picture of your home key, and anyone could let themselves in ...

and more »

CBS Local

Police: Home Security Camera Catches Wellesley Break-In Suspect In The Act
CBS Local
WELLESLEY (CBS) – Police say a man suspected of multiple Wellesley break-ins was caught on a family's home security camera sneaking through the kitchen and removing items from the house. The Wellesley Police Department said they arrested ...

and more »

'KUWTK': Kris Gets A Gun & Armed Security At The House
Hollywood Life
Kris has a gun and she's not afraid to use it, people! In this Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashian's, momma Jenner reveals she's upped the security around her property AND she got a gun — watch the clip below! Khloe Kardashian, 30 ...

and more »

abc7news.com

San Jose homeowner buys gun after home security system didn't stop burglar
abc7news.com
San Jose woman buys gun after security system didn't stop burglar. Brazen San Jose burglar caught on home surveillance cameras. A San Jose woman has bought a gun after her home security system wasn't enough to stop a brazen burglar. Embed.
Female homeowner buys a gun after security system fails (VIDEO)Guns.com

all 14 news articles »

Yahoo Finance

AT&T wireless store revamp to emphasize smartwatches, home security and more
Yahoo Finance
Toward the back, amid comfy black and orange couches, is an area dedicated to showcasing AT&T's "Digital Life" service, a home security and automation program. Customers can experience how they could unlock a front door or control lighting from an ...


WJXT Jacksonville

Shopping around for a home security system
WJXT Jacksonville
When you meet with a home security company, find out what company they use for their alarm monitoring. Make sure it is U.L. certified or has a 5-star Diamond rating from the Central Station Alarm Association. You will pay a separate monthly fee for ...


BGR

Connecting my life: Meet the $270 home security solution that saved me thousands
BGR
Even if you're not a self-described technology and gadget enthusiast, you've probably seen “smart home,” “connected life,” “Internet of Things,” or “IoT” mentioned a few times here and there. Do you know what the Internet of Things is, though? Should ...

Google News

Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference

IntroductionAt some time in our lives, many of us will... Read More

Life Insurance - Wise Investment to Protect Your Home or Excessive Caution?

Life insurance is typically taken out to offer valuable financial... Read More

Essentials For Hurricane Season

According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the East... Read More

Estate and Mega-Yacht Security Systems and Safe Rooms

Why do I need a "safe room? I really don't... Read More

How to Keep Your Postal Mail Private and Secure

Surreptious opening of most envelopes sent through the mail takes... Read More

What is Your Security Awareness IQ?

Are you aware of the need for security?Your awareness of... Read More

Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors

Alarm System Glass-break detectors- Glass-break detectors are also known as... Read More

Security Cameras For Your Peace of Mind

The reasons for installing cctv cameras are the same whether... Read More

Securing Home Water Supplies; Conservation of Water Planning

Generally when it rains the water runs off the house... Read More

Is Big Brother Watching You? Or Are You Watching Big Brother?

Isn't technology a wonderful thing? I thought this as I... Read More

Alarm Systems: Not Just For The Wealthy Anymore!

Over the last 22 years that I have been involved... Read More

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Millions of people everyday rely on fire extinguishers to put... Read More

Home Security After An Earthquake

After an Earthquake you need to do an immediate damage... Read More

Alarm System Keypads

The keypad is the device you and your loved ones... Read More

Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 2; Home Security, Evacuation, and Emergency Kits

IntroductionPart 1 of this article on preparing for weather emergencies... Read More

Is America Safe?

As the devastation and death toll from deadly Hurricane Katrina... Read More

Hurricane Preparedness

If you are about to get hit by a Hurricane... Read More

Numbers That Can Save Your Life

It's one of those things we don't give a second... Read More

Alarm Controls are the Brain of your Security System, Use Yours When Choosing One

The alarm control is the brain of your security system.... Read More

Alarm Systems & Automobile Tires?

What do alarm systems and automobile tires have in common?... Read More

Handling a Hurricane; Part 2 - Preparing for and Surviving an Approaching Hurricane

Part 1 of this article described some of the characteristics... Read More

Home Security System, You Are A winner

Have you ever been to a local trade show or... Read More

Who Has Keys to Your Castle?

One area of home security that is often overlooked, and... Read More

Kevlar Sheets for Your Home Walls

Home security is more important today than ever. You may... Read More

Eavesdropping and Counter-Measures: Technology and Techniques

You need to know how to protect yourself, since your... Read More