Security is a Journey, Not a Destination
This title of this post is a security industry axiom. In other words, we can strive
for security, and by making this effort we put ourselves on a path to security.
But while we may achieve a relative degree of security, we can never be 100% secure.
Even Fort Knox is vulnerable.
We can, however, apply strategies that significantly reduce our risk level. One
of the best techniques is “layering.” Layers of security make a criminal’s job more
difficult by addressing all of the vulnerabilities in your home or office.
A bank, for example, has multiple layers of security. First, consider the perimeter
of the building, which is often designed to include large windows, so that passerby
or law enforcement can easily see any problems occurring inside. The bank’s doors
have locks. Of course, there is an alarm system, which includes panic buttons, glassbreak
detectors, and motion sensors. These are all layers, as are security cameras, bulletproof
glass, and armed guards. Ideally, tellers and management should have robbery response
training. Many banks use dye packs or even GPS to track stolen cash.
Each of these layers is designed to make it harder for a robber to do his job.
All banks have safes, because banks know that a well-constructed safe is the ultimate
layer of security. A safe not only makes it extremely difficult for a bank robber
to steal the bank’s money, it also protects the cash in the event of a fire.
Consider a layered approach to your home or small business security plan, one that
includes a SentrySafe, the last line of defense in your protection strategy.
Robert Siciliano is a Personal and Home Security Expert for SentrySafe. See him
Discussing burglar proofing your
home on Fox Boston.