We need to take security into our own hands.
In 2015, burglaries or burglary-related cases in the United States is at 19.8 % while larceny and theft is at 71.4% of the total property crimes reported. With this number, you can’t be complacent and must take security proactively.
It’s hard to digest that you have to prepare for eventualities, after all, we feel safest when we are at home. However, traditional security systems are outdated and unprepared for the new breed of criminals. Here are reasons why:
- Burglars can cut through electrical wires using a $5 wire cutter, making the security system useless.
- Traditional gadgets make us too dependent on them, so when things go wrong with the system, we are completely vulnerable to any form of attack.
- Limited features, limited capabilities. Old gadgets are built on outdated premises, hence they don’t have new features that keep up with different scenarios.
- Not crime deterrent. The best defense is prevention. Traditional systems prepare for actual crimes happening but rarely deter or prevent.
- Expensive. Most systems are on a subscription basis that lock you in with contracts. Because it requires a hefty investment, homeowners risk not getting any protection at all and just hope for the best. Homes with no security systems are 300% most likely to get robbed.
- Too permanent. You’ll never find out your house has been robbed until you get to your house and call the cops. Most security systems do not have a mechanism that lets you do the monitoring.
- No flexibility. At some point, you need to make adjustments, but old systems have no room for flexibility. Once installed, the gadgets become permanent fixtures until you purposely have them removed by a handyman or your security system provider.
Take Charge of Security
Perhaps we have been looking at security in a perspective that does not benefit us at all. We see security as a gadget more than a mindset, hence we choose systems that seem to protect us but in reality, fail to do so.
Traditional systems do not help at all, instead make us more insecure by becoming too dependent on them. But with the right mindset, we can choose the right security system that we ourselves are comfortable in. Moreover, security is a plan, so understanding the system we chose, including its strengths and weaknesses help us further by including contingency actions as part of our plans.
Of course, the security gadget that we need to choose aside from an exceptional deterrent and monitoring system, should be simple enough to install and operate as to not create a dependency on outside service.
For example, SimpliSafe, is a home security system manufacturer highlights its simple installation with parts and gadgets that you can install on your own, with no technical knowledge needed. It is important that a system is easy to install and that you can set it up on your own because you learn about its features and limitations. This gives you an opportunity to compensate for the limitations. But limitations may just mean needing additional cameras and sensors or alarm location, which are easily rectified. The SimpliSafe works on wireless and can be monitored on your iPhone through a free application that you can download from iTunes or Android. This is one option out of many, that may be put into use to safeguard your household.
Given these points, security is a conscious effort that we need to practice. It is a discipline that we need to imbibe as part of an aggressive collective action to prevent, protect and deter future crimes to our household.