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In our previous post, I shared how to be more security conscious. The key word is more, implying that you may be security conscious to an extent, but there is need for improvement. Just as the enemy –armed robbers, kidnappers, terrorists and assassins keep improving their nefarious skills; one must keep on being more security conscious.
So here are 5 additional ways of improving your security consciousness at home, at work and in transit (between home and work). Don’t just read, please share with others!
- Be Unpredictable — Randomness
The enemy while understudying a target looks for consistent patterns in your daily life. You follow the same route to and from work, you always drink or club or party or keep late nights every Friday, you use one password for all your ATM cards, the same taxi cab takes you to work every day or takes your kids to school.
The more predictable you become, the easier it is for the enemy to strike. They will simply plan an attack based on your predictable patterns of life. If you return from work the same time every day, the enemy can plan an attack at that exact time.
So allow some form of randomness in your life. As they say, the only constant thing in life is change, likewise, try to change some static patterns in your life that can be used as clues by the enemy to strike.
- Be Secretive — Talk Less
Don’t share personal information with strangers. The enemy works with information before striking. The more they know, the more accurate the attack. The less they know, the less accurate the attack. So how can you protect yourself? By keeping your mouth shut.
Learn not to share private information in public places such as in the bus, beer parlour, church, school or any other public gatherings. You never know who is sitting close by eaves dropping on your conversation.
Also when on the phone, don’t call out aloud the amount of money you are discussing. Just by mentioning the amount loudly, anyone around can spread the information to the enemy. Always lower your voice while on the phone especially while discussing business!
- Be Accountable — Keep Records
Nothing is missing if there’s no record of its existence. One good way to guard against theft of properties or valuable items is to ensure proper records are kept. This is especially true if you are away from home or work. Keep track of your money, keep track of your luggage and keep track of your time. Avoid any unnecessary discussions with strangers who may be using delay tactics to tie you down while the enemy is working.
In your business, take accurate stocks of your goods. You can never trust your workers enough and even if you do trust them, how about your customers? Without closely monitoring your inventory, customers who visit your business premises can make away with your goods.
- Be Accompanied — Never Walk Alone
As much as possible, try not to walk alone especially during odd hours. If you are leaving home early to work, make friends with someone else on your street who leaves as early as you do too. If you come home late from work, and you live in a lonely neighbourhood, ask your family member to wait up for you mid way.
And if you don’t have a family member who can wait up for you mid way, talk to the local night guard on your street and have them walk you home. The probability of being attacked when alone is much higher than when you are accompanied. This is why police officers have partners. Despite the fact that they are armed, they are sent out in two and never alone.
- Be Insured — Securing Your Loss
No matter how security conscious one can be, there are some threats, risk or dangers that are outside your direct control. These are natural occurrences like fire, flood, tornadoes, accident, etc. Because they are not man-made, they are hardly prevented.
So the only way to minimize threats, risks or dangers caused by nature is to insure your losses. Meaning, insurance is a good security measure. Even we the providers of security make use of insurance.
In Damog, we ensure all our guards are insured and all the properties in our custody are also insured. Why do we do this? To minimize our losses and that of our clients. As long as we stay on earth, it’s important to know that we are always prone to threats, risks and dangers. Some are avoidable and others aren’t. Rather than lose out completely, insurance was invented to secure our losses.
How have you been security conscious? What other security measures besides these have you been using to keep yourself and loved ones and property safe?
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