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:


Home security systems evolving with technology
KXAN.com
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tuesday night, KXAN showed you video of a burglar caught on camera inside an Austin home. The suspect is still on the loose, but the homeowners believe their video surveillance cameras are the reason why the burglar ran away.


Home security or spying?
WKMG Orlando
THEY ARE ON THE STREETLIGHT, INSIDE STORES AND NOW MORE THAN EVER, SECURITY CAMERAS ARE INSIDE HOMES. THAT'S BECAUSE CAMERAS ARE GETTING CHEAPER AND EASIER TO INSTALL AND HOMEOWNERS WANT A LIVE ...

and more »

AT&T unveils new home security service in Topeka
Topeka Capital Journal
The system, called “Digital Life,” works through a home's broadband and wireless phone service, so customers can use a smartphone, tablet or computer to control their home's security features. It works with Internet and wireless providers other than AT ...

and more »

Venture Capital Post

Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market
TechCrunch
Sequoia Capital has made a minority investment in the do-it-yourself home security company Simplisafe in a play on the home security and automation market, TechCrunch has learned. The investment from Sequoia came on the heels of Google's $3.2 billion ...
Sequoia enters home security arena with SimpliSafe investmentVenture Capital Post

all 2 news articles »

AT&T Digital Life, Home Security And Automation Service Launches Friday, April ...
MarketWatch
Actively Protected & In Control: The foundation of Digital Life is complete home security with 24/7 professional monitored security that allows you to know what is happening at home, or where an event has occurred. Through AT&T-owned and operated, ...

and more »

SlashGear

NETGEAR announces STS7000 home security tablet
SlashGear
Part of the connected home initiative many are attempting to tackle is home security. NETGEAR and iControl have teamed up to make security a focus with thier new STS7000 unit. The touchscreen display will give you ful control over your home security ...
NETGEAR STS7000 is a tablet geared for home securityAndroid Community
The Netgear STS7000 Is The Security Touchscreen Meant For Controlling The ...Android Headlines - Android News
iControl Networks and NETGEAR Launch Android Touchscreen for the Smart ...Wall Street Journal
Telecompaper (subscription)
all 8 news articles »

Best Seattle Home Security Systems Companies Revealed by the Home ...
PR Web (press release)
In a bid to help residents of Seattle to overcome the problem of property crime, ConsumerResearchers has released rankings of the best rated home security companies in the city in a order to assist residents in their search for the ideal alarm solution.

and more »

NW Harris County neighborhoods chosen for pilot home security review program
Your Houston News
(HOUSTON, TX) – The Harris County Sheriff's Office has launched a pilot home security review program in two northwest Harris County neighborhoods to help deter residential crimes in the area. With the help of community leaders the HCSO developed the ...

and more »

KWCH

Police: Man posing as home security employee
KAKE
WICHITA, Kan. -- From the moment a skinny man with glasses showed up at their door at 11:30 Saturday morning, Kelly Billups and her boyfriend felt something wasn't right. "He had a badge and a folder but he wasn't very clean looking," Billups said. "He ...
Home security company scamKWCH
Woman encounters suspect posing as security company repKSN-TV

all 5 news articles »

TechCrunch

Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Its Smartphone App For The First Time
TechCrunch
Due to a couple of hurdles, Canary units won't arrive until “this summer,” but to tide us over, the team has given us our first real look at the complementary smartphone application. So, when you first receive your Canary, you must pair it to your Wi ...
Canary Smartphone App: More Than Just Home SecurityPressAndUpdate.com

all 3 news articles »
Google News

Home Security ? Defend Your Home and Possessions Against Intruders!

With all of the emphasis in the past few years... Read More

Kevlar Sheets for Your Home Walls

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

Who Abducted the Missing Child?

What is going on with these people who feel they... Read More

Hurricane Preparedness

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

Home Security System, You Are A winner

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

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Emergency is a situation that poses an instant threat to... 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

The Real Desire for the UK House Buyer

Location location location, central heating, air conditioning, double glazing, good... Read More

Surveillance Camera Positioning

It is a known fact that advertising is made to... Read More

Alarm System: Sirens

Alarm Sirens- There is both inside and outside sirens. Many... Read More

Katrina: Lessons Learned on the Nature of Man

For many years, novels and films have given us apocalyptic... Read More

Home Security After An Earthquake

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

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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

Someone Spying?

Someone Spying? So are the Teddy Bear and the Potted... Read More

How To Turn Thirty Dollar Web Camera Into Home Surveillance System

Web cameras are really inexpensive these days. With no technical... Read More

Neighborhood Mobile Watch Patrol

Have you found yourself disgusted with the crime lately. You... Read More

Emergency - Gas Fire!

Woooooooo??Woooo???The siren sounded. All of us looked at each other... Read More

Infrared Goggle Pop Down in Hallways for Structure Fires

Most people who are killed in structure fires die from... Read More

Organizing an Arson Watch Program

A wide variety of participants are needed to launch a... 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

Emergency Disaster Planning: Building a Bug-Out Kit

Report after report comes in about how many people couldn't... Read More

Fire Safety Tips

Did you know that fire is the third leading cause... Read More

Alarm Systems: Not Just For The Wealthy Anymore!

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

The Case for Personal, Estate, Corporate and Child Abduction Security in today?s World

When one considers the historical nature of security applications and... Read More