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As the CEO of a security company –Damog Guards, most times I get asked this questions a lot, especially from prospective clients; “why does security matter?.”
I find the question quite interesting because many people tend to regard security as a luxury rather than as a necessity. That’s why I have decided to lay out the answers in the open for those of you out there who might have been secretly asking such a question.
As you would soon realize, security is a basic human need and must be regarded as a necessity for all and not a luxury for a few. But before we delve into the importance of security, it’s necessary we understand the meaning of the concept of security.
What Is Security?
I did a quick google search and got the following two definitions below;
1. The state of being free from danger or threat.
2. The safety of a state or organization against criminal activity such as terrorism, theft, or espionage: “national security”
With a further enquiry into the world’s greatest encyclopedia, Wikipedia I got the following definition;
“Security is the degree of protection against danger, damage, loss, and crime. Security as a form of protection are structures and processes that provide or improve security as a condition.”
Given the context of our discussion, all three definitions apply.
Security is a feeling that comes from knowing that you are free from potential dangers or threat. It is the extent at which you go to minimize or eliminate anything that threatens your peace of mind.
Why Is Security Important?
- Security is a basic human need
According to psychologist Abraham Maslow, the great proponent of the hierarchy of needs theory of motivation; security is a basic human need. He identified five fundamental human needs;
- Physiological (air, water, food, sex, shelter )
- Safety (security, protection, health, law)
- Social (love, family, relationships)
- Esteem (achievement, confidence, recognition)
- Self-actualization (morality, creativity, purpose)
The basis of his theory of motivation is that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, and that certain lower needs need to be satisfied before higher needs can be addressed. According to him, the satisfaction of these needs is quite healthy. While preventing their gratification makes us ill or act evilly.
As you have seen, security falls under the second level of needs right after the physiological needs. Meaning that contrary to popular opinion, security is a basic necessity for every human and not the premium privilege of a certain few. Security is a fundamental human right!
As a human, it’s been configured into our biological systems to seek safety from potential danger, damage, loss, and crime. As psychologist Abraham Maslow has rightly pointed out, denying ourselves of satisfying this basic human instinct can make us ill or act evilly. Denying yourself of security is a risk on its own and a violation of your fundamental human rights.
- Security is your right to live!
I have met quite a number of people who often think they don’t need security since they don’t have something valuable to lose. I have never heard of a more senseless reason than this. Seriously, let’s put aside all the exotic goods or luxury belongings and properties of the rich. Let’s talk about the most priceless property of all, one that every human being whether rich or poor owns – LIFE.
The reason why security found its way as one of the basic human needs according to psychologist Abraham Maslow; is because without security our existence as humans is gone. Without security our very survival is lost. Life on earth will cease to exist. Take for instance the increasing threat posed on planet earth as a result of global warming and other environmental issues. How do we live in peace when the environment we live in is a threat to our very existence?
While I can understand that many may not have valuable properties or interests to protect, but we all have life. And that is not the exclusive right of some certain few, it is a gift given to all equally by the creator. Life is life, one life is no more important than another. So long as you’ve got life, you’ve got something to lose and so you it’s your responsibility to protect it. Security is your right to live!
- Security is a criteria for economic development
With the recent state of insecurity in the country due to the rampant kidnapping of the past and now to the emergence of terrorism from ‘boko haram’; people have come to the bitter realization that without security, there can be no economic stability.
Haven’t you noticed how most war torn countries usually experience major economic setbacks after the war? Haven’t you also noticed how countries that are environmentally secure often attract foreign investors than their counterparts?
As a matter of fact, without security society as we have come to know it will cease to exist. No one wants to live in a place that is prone to risks, danger or crime. This is why it is not enough to pursue only personal security; we must also be involved in national security. The safer our environment, the better our economy.
What Are The Various Types Of Security?
As you’ve just read above, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have, security is essential to life. Below are the different types of security services available to help you exercise your right to live!
- · Personal Security/Bodyguarding
This service is mostly used by celebrities, corporate executives, high profile individuals, and dignitaries who fear for their lives or choose to avoid too much public dealings when outside their homes or offices. In such cases, personal security guards are provided to protect single individuals who are equipped with arms to protect their clients.
- · Executive Security/Escort Services
This type of security service is aimed towards protecting a group of high profile individuals. In most of the cases, executive security is employed by a group of corporate or business professionals who are traveling overseas or entering potential tricky situations where the need to protect them might arise.
- · Event Security
Event security is one of the top level services provided by security agencies to their clients. This type of service deals with providing extremely savvy protection agents to monitor and secure small to large events and make sure everything goes well. These events can range from small home to business parties to large political gatherings.
- Business Security
Every business needs security in order to ensure protection. This is the main reason why many businesses use security services in their businesses. Since most businesses don’t operate for the whole 24 hours in a day, they need to be protected when they are closed. However, they also require protection when they are opened as well and at any time of the day.
- Home Security
These security services provide the most extensive protection. They usually provide 24 hour protection for homes and other properties that you are staying in. Home security companies use different kinds of techniques to provide these services. They include man guarding, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, wireless security products and other devices to provide protection to these properties.
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