Ignore Security - And Put Yourself at Risk!

  I have been involved with the security for around 40 years, with most of that time as a consultant/trainer/private detective/litigation expert, and I have been amazed (although understanding human nature, I guess I shouldn't be) at how most individuals, as well as businesses, don't like to think about the subject. And not only not think about security, but completely ignore what is, in most cases, and especially for the home owner, a common sense issue.

I'm not writing about liability issues here, but just some of the very basic issues that will reduce your risks from security connected misadventures.

I live in Las Vegas, NV (as opposed to Las Vegas, NM - but more on that later), and almost every day there's a story in the local media concerning break-ins (euphemistically called " home invasions"), assaults, shootings, thefts, and related events which good security is designed to prevent. These days it it can feel like New Mexico's old La Vegas, where a bad look at another person could have resulted in a shooting. But enough of that.

Let's take a look at some very basic security measures you can use to protect your premises (home or business). First, you must understand that the main function of security is to deny and/or deter. What this means is simply that your home should not be the kind a burglar or robber wants to bother with, but if he does, he or she will have to spend more than two minutes trying to break-in.

Here are a few tips to help you harden your premises, and reduce it's interest as a target of choice:

  • 1. Make sure your doors have high security locks, and the door jamb-frame connections are well fastened, so that the frame cannot be easily knocked away from the wall, as what happens in many break-ins.
  • 2. Use a high rating security door at each of your standard doorways - so that you now have a double door condition, and one of which takes a great deal of effort to penetrate.
  • 3. Your windows are an easy entrance way, so make sure you do at least two things: 1. use a laminated security film over all your windows, including those on doors, and
    2. make sure you secure sliding glass doors to keep them from being lifted off of their tracks.
  • 4. Install, at the minimum, and effective local alarm system, including glass-break monitors, so that if someone should try to penetrate the window, the alarm will warn you (if you are home), and provide you time to call 911, and/or use other available means of protection.
  • 5. Don't open doors for strangers unless you are using secure security doors. Better yet, use your interviewer (peep hole) to see who is there.

    I would also advise you not to post signs advertising that you have a burglar alarm - they may indicate that you have something worth stealing.

    For those of you who live in high growth areas, like Las Vegas,NV, the growth of infrastructure creates new opportunities for criminal action. Highways make it easier for the bad guys to find targets of opportunity - something you do not want to be. Always be aware of what's going on.

    The key words, again, are DENY and DETER. Security is not an "eight letter dirty word". Your initial expenditure for good security is well worth its cost in terms of long term personal security and lack of worry.

    There are other facts you need to know, but for now, these will do. You can also take the time to subscribe to my security RSS feed at http://cgroup.com/cgrsecuritycast.xml, or go over to http://cgroup.co/podcasts for the feeds if you do not know how to set up an RSS feed. You can also go over to http://podhoster.com, and you will find audio, video, and text podcasts listed under the heading "Security".