Home Security Alarm Systems – Wired or Wireless?

Home Security Alarm Systems are pretty easy to install these days. Depending on the type of house you own, you will determine the type of home security alarm you will need. Most alarm systems these days are wired throughout your home, however, because of the difficulty and time it takes to install these systems in your home, many home security alarm companies are starting to use wireless security systems.

This comes as no surprise since the world we live in today is becoming more and more wireless every day. These “new” security systems don’t require any drilling or laying wires throughout your home. Sometimes, they don’t even need to be installed by professional companies. You can find these types of alarms at your local hardware store.

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These new home security alarm systems are great for lot of other reasons. Because your system communities wirelessly, it is easy to move the components around your home without having to deal with any wires. Until now, this wasn’t even an option. Now it is a commodity! It is also extremely easy to add new features or sensors to different rooms, doors, and windows without having to drill more holes and run more cables for each device you plan to add. There are, however, limitations by these new systems as to how many devices it can support.

You must realize that no home security alarm system is fool proof or perfect by any means. Nothing in this world is perfect and wireless home security systems aren’t in anyway perfect either. The major downfall of these systems is the fact that they are powered by batteries. This means that you will have to actively monitor the system to make sure that it is still running. You may have an inactive home security system without even knowing it.

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If you are a big shot and are using security cameras on the outside of your home, beware; they suck batteries faster than any other component of the wireless security system. Make sure that you are using the type of cameras that use motion sensor technology. These will allow you to get more bang for your buck when it comes to batteries since they will not be running all the time.

No matter what you choose to do, you need to make sure that you are taking the proper steps in protecting your home from intruders. Both wired and wireless home security alarm systems are supplements to your home security and family safety.

Source by Greg Shuey

Home Security – Why Fake Security Cameras Are So Popular

There are two things that scare the living daylights out of a burglar. The first is the sight or sound of a barking dog. When asked one time what he thought was the biggest deterrent against home burglary, a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department said ‘without a doubt, a barking dog scares burglars away the best.’

That statement has since been confirmed by many a burglar. If they even see a sign that there is a dog on the premises is enough to warn them away. So you don’t even really need a dog, just a sign saying you have one is sufficient. Boy is that a lot cheaper!

And the second thing that scares them away is a security camera. Oh yes you have seen videos of burglars breaking into a house that were seen on video. But the burglars in interviews after the fact, claim they never saw the camera otherwise they never would’ve entered the house. Burglars may have born at night, but it wasn’t last night. They don’t want to get caught and if they get memorialized on a video from a security camera, that is the best way to get captured.

Law enforcement officials tell us that if a homeowner has a video of a break-in that the chances of catching the burglar improve by over 50%. That’s huge!

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When homeowners have an investment of $250,000 or more, on average, in the home and in the furnishings, fixtures and equipment that’s in the home it makes an awful lot of sense to have some precautions against home burglary. That’s where security cameras come into play.

But for many reasons homeowners, especially new homeowners, are up to their eyeballs in debt paying for the house and all the goodies that go in the house. Enter fake security cameras! This is why they are so popular: they are very realistic looking, so much so that they can fool anyone, even a burglar; and they’re inexpensive compared to the real thing-as much as 75% lower in cost.

When you’re looking for inexpensive ways to improve your home security put a sign in your front yard that warns of the vicious guard dog. Only your neighbors will know that you don’t have the dog. Put an NRA sticker in your front window or on the bumper of your car parked in your driveway. Then install a fake security camera that only you will know isn’t real.

Source by James Lesney

Best Place To Buy Security Cameras For Home Security

Is it any wonder that home security is such huge business? Homeowners make it pretty easy for the bad guys to get in and steal their stuff. Sixty percent of all home burglaries according to police statistics happen through unlocked doors and windows. Police also tell us that just a little bit over ninety percent of all home burglaries can be prevented.

Homeowners have a lot on their plate especially when they move in. Security of their home usually takes a second seat to everything else. And to some extent, that’s understandable. It shouldn’t be that way, of course, but it is.

There are lots of things that homeowners can do to make their home more secure that are free or at low cost.

1. Start with locking your doors and windows.

2. Put up a sign warning of a vicious guard dog.

3. Trim areas around lower-level doors and windows to eliminate hiding places.

4. Start or join a ‘neighborhood watch’ program.

5. Use your peephole when someone’s at your front door instead of just opening the door. This is the best way to prevent a home invasion.

6. And keep some self defense products around the house in case somebody does get in so you can defend yourself.

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But the absolute best way to increase home security is with security cameras or surveillance cameras. Home security cameras or a home security camera system sends a clear unmistakable message to the bad guys that might be casing your neighborhood for places to rob. “Don’t be stupid” pick on someone else otherwise you’ll get caught.

They come in a wide variety of styles and capabilities; wired or wireless, color or black and white, indoor and/or outdoor, bullet or dome styles and night vision capabilities to 150 feet in complete darkness. Prices range for most from $60.00 to $150.00 with hundreds to choose from.

Where do you find them? Google the term ‘home hidden cameras’ or ‘spy cameras’ for a start. Then look for a full time distributor-not a part timer-who can answer questions before and after the sale. Then find someone who is a BBB member for reliability.

Then you will be on your way to improving your home security with security cameras. When are you getting some?

Source by Jack Krohn

How To Discipline Security Guards

Managing security guards can be quite challenging. Fairly or unfairly, they are sometimes underpaid or not given proper respect and this can create conflict and resentment. No one likes to be disciplined and security officers are no exception. It is always good to follow the below suggestions when one is forced to discipline guards for misbehavior or misconduct:

1) First get their side of the story. It’s quite possible that there is an error in the facts. Before one takes any kind of disciplinary action they must have their facts straight. It’s possible, in other words, that when the officer share their view of what occurred you may change your mind about their wrongdoing.

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2) Always have a witness. This is very important, especially if the misconduct or action taken by the guard is serious. First of all, you have no idea how the officer may react. It’s good to have a backup person who can recite what happened should things get out of control. Moreover, if the officer denies that the conversation ever took place or recounts that it went down in a different way, you have a verifiable witness who can attest to your side in terms of how the conversation transpired.

3) Always write down what happened. Recount the events or ‘misbehavior’ as accurately as possible. Have the officer sign any kind of disciplinary measure that you may take. If the officer refuses to sign then put that in your notes or, if you want, even in the form that the guards will sign. These forms vary in style and content. The form itself should express the word ‘warning’ on it somewhere.

4) Make sure the action you take against the officer is fair-minded and not excessive. There is an article written called Security Los Angeles which can be found online and details the right punishment, as it were, for common offenses.

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5) Make sure Post Orders exist. For those that don’t know what Post Orders are, they are rules an regulations that exist at any given account for officers to follow. They are relevant so that the guards know what is expected from them. Each rule or regulation must be signed by every officer at the account.

The above is simply a short list of how to discipline officers. Always keep in mind their job is not an easy one. Try and have compassion and remember to first hear their side of the story. The officer may end up just admitting to the wrongdoing and practically be more willing to take the criticism.

Source by Scott Dinnerman

Free Home Alarm Systems, Scams and the Truth About Home Security

Recently, Philadelphia authorities placed an announcement to local residents advising them of a scam operation in the area that used the promise of “free home security” to lure individuals into working with a pseudo company. Worse yet, residents had been told by “representatives” that the company was working with other locally known security companies on a cross promotional deal. Residents were told to call police if they were approached with such a business deal.

What could these dishonest individuals have to gain from starting their own pseudo company? Any number of openings, from stealing owners’ credit card or banking information, stealing personal information for identity theft, or even targeting the home for robbery or the homeowner for assault. Ironically, criminals are even willing to use increased security technology for their own dishonest purposes. This news case should point out to consumers a few important facts.

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First, there is no such thing as free home security monitoring, nor would the top security companies get together on a cross promotional activity, since they are direct competitors. You may see the reputable security companies offering free home security systems, but these usually include a contract and a monthly monitoring fee.

In order for a company to provide live monitoring, they must charge a monthly fee, since they will either be connecting your service to the company’s central system through a landline phone or through cellular technology. The only free communications system? CB radio! However, it’s unlikely anyone will take your cries for help seriously on an open airwave. Additionally, the cost of motion detector sensors, as well as special sensors that pick up on fire risks, high carbon monoxide levels, and even air conditioning problems, are very expensive.

Most of these expenses are deferred or eliminated completely, as you merely pay a small setup fee and then continue paying off these expenses with your premium rate. When you use a company with live monitoring services, you may get several interconnected command centers that are strategically located throughout the United States. You also get free equipment in many cases.

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Beware of any company that offers you a free home security system AND free monitoring services. The only companies that you should work with are companies that offer (A) 24-7 home monitoring, (B) professional installation by a licensed and certified technician and (C) that have a proven name and company history.

Source by Bruce Kelly

Camera Security and Surveillance: The New Community Security

Every day I read articles on how this community is finding it too expensive to continue keeping a full time gate security guard on duty and have been receiving calls regarding communities losing their sense of security as the age of gated communities is falling prey to a falling economy. This can be a real source of concern for those residents who moved into the community for that very reason that the community had additional security benefits. There are answers that are economically feasible to those who feel that lack of security as the “age of the gated community” dwindles.

One option is to purchase and set up one’s own security or surveillance camera system. This can be done fairly economically and in the end may save the owner who is paying a monthly fee for the manned security gate some money. There are a variety of security and surveillance cameras to choose from and can vary anywhere from one camera to a 16 camera setup depending on your needs and desires in a system and coverage area. I would suggest that before you purchase any system that you talk to a security expert to get the best information as to the type of camera and number of cameras you need for your situation and which camera will give you the clearest picture factoring in weather conditions, lighting,etc.

Another option is one I have mentioned in a previous blog and that is to set up a neighborhood watch using security and surveillance cameras. The community as a whole can meet and see who resides where and what view they are best able to watch and set up a schedule for those interested in keeping an “eye” on the community and notifying neighbors of any foul play or anything suspicious so their neighbor can check it out or call law enforcement before a crime is committed or trouble occurs. If a number of neighbors are interested, this system can be worked out quite efficiently and make everyone more at ease knowing that security is still in place with a watchful eye!

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The last option is would be to take turns driving through the community and keeping a watchful eye out. Now the trouble with this system is that no one can be everywhere at once and to me this could become boring very quickly and people might loose interest and then we are back to the beginning again. Now there may be those who disagree with me and that is fine, but I have found that most people prefer the sanctity of their own home. With camera surveillance and security one can stay at home and still keep that watchful eye out for both themselves as well as their neighbors.

If your community is one of those who is losing it’s claim to fame as a “gated” community then this article is for you. Talk with a security specialist and get the help you need to find the security or surveillance system that best meets your needs. If your gate is coming down, there are answers to maintain the security you desire for your home and community.

Source by Marie Abbatoy

Security Issues of Apartment Management

Staying in housing complexes is advisable compared to dwelling in solitary houses because of the greater safety assurance that one gets in the former case. This is because the condominium management takes some standardized security measures to keep the complex safe so that the owners can stay peacefully at nights. The owner of a solitary house may not have the capacity to engage a high standard security team, but by staying jointly with the people in a complex, he can pool in resources to get one of the best security manpower and automated systems available.

Here are some security issues that need to be addressed for ensuring greater safety to the individual houses in the complex.

o It is true that housing complexes are safer to dwell in than solitary houses, but there is another point also to be borne in mind. The security that is found in housing complexes is a combined one for all the units of the complex. This does not ensure hundred percent securities for the individual units. The security personnel appointed by the condominium management do not have the time to pay individual attention to the large number of units in a complex. Hence the individual units can still be vulnerable to thefts and burglaries. In such a case the individual units need to arrange their security settings by using burglar alarms and other security equipment.

o The housing complex might be making use of sophisticated safety equipment for the whole complex, but when it comes to individual safety the owners of the units can ensure safety for themselves in the most basic and inexpensive ways. The first thing they can do is to install efficient locking mechanisms at the doors and restricting entrance through the windows using window bars. The condominium management can ask the individual units to go for such safety measures collectively.

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o The complexes that are very large can be divided into groups of three to five individual houses. The residents of these groups can take turns in safeguarding their premises. Generally it is seen that all people do not go to bed at the same time and throughout the day somebody or the other is awake. Hence security cannot be an issue in housing complexes. If the residents do not have the time to participate personally they can arrange for a paid watchman amongst themselves.

o Usually the condominium management is not very effective in providing personal safety. When it comes to security of life, one should not compromise in any way. It has become a common practice for the criminals to enter a household posing as salesmen or equipment repairing personnel. It is wise to keep the main entrances locked even during the daytime and admit people with genuine credentials. These days there are sophisticated visitor identification equipment that enables you to see and hear the visitor, with a video arrangement, before opening the door.

o The condominium management can be asked to adequately illuminate the driveways, pathways and parking lots to ensure greater safety. It is not advisable for a single person to walk through sparsely located areas during the night time. It is not all that safe to take strolls at late hours all alone. Carrying pepper sprays is a good idea for those who cannot avoid lonely travel during the dark and unsocial hours.

Source by Kamyar Shah

5 Easy Steps to Improving Your Security Guard Service

When property managers hire security guard companies they have a picture in mind of what their contract security force will look like, but too often what they get is not what they pictured. What we have found is that most security guard companies are capable of providing the service that property managers want, but too often do not because of a lack of ongoing quality control procedures.

Security guard companies are unlike any vendor that a property manager usually hires. If you hire a painter, you can see whether or not they are doing their jobs by looking at the walls. But when you hire a security guard company, how often can you see whether the guard company is doing their job which includes running background checks and drug screenings, providing good training for your guards, and effectively monitoring and supervising your guards. In most instances they probably are, but it is important to implement a system of verification and quality control to ensure that problems associated with the lack of performing these jobs do not begin to occur.

In this article we will discuss five (5) easy steps to improving your security guard service and achieving what you picture as your ideal security guard force.

Screen Your Guards Qualifications

In many states, guards are mandated to have a specified amount of training before they can begin working as security guards. If your state is one of these states, ensure that your security guard company is compliant.

If you are in a state where there are no state requirements for guard certification, then investigate the type of training that is being provided by your security company and ask yourself does it seem adequate.

Additionally, is your security guard company performing background and drug screenings on all your guards BEFORE they send them to your property? If they are, they should be providing you with verifications. If not, why?

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Another excellent way to screen whether the guard is a good fit for your property is to conduct a short “interview” to get a feel for the guard and to explain your expectations. This initial conversation can tell you a lot about what to expect from that guard and it gives you a chance to request a different guard if you feel that it is necessary.

Assess Guard Training

Although most security guard companies have a very thorough orientation that introduces each guard to the company itself, in many cases the guard’s orientation to his assigned property is not as complete. We call the orientation for the assigned property “Site Specific Training”. Find out what your site specific training looks like:

• Does it occur at your property?

• Who does the training?

• How long is each new officer trained?

• How long does the security company double bank? (Double banking is the process of having a veteran guard working at the same time as the new guard.)

• How thoroughly are your post orders explained?

Determine the answer to each of these questions and make sure that they fit with what you feel is adequate. You should even consider sitting in on your security guard company’s orientation and your site specific training to get an understanding of what goes into preparing a guard to work at your property.

Review Your Guard’s Supervision

Guard supervision is one of the more important factors of good security guard service. When security companies provide poor supervision, there is not enough emphasis placed on preventing mistakes, problems, and complaints. Lack of supervision also removes the opportunity for the guard to learn and better understand their duties. If the guards are not being supervised, they begin to feel that their work is not important and they begin to see themselves as less of a part of the security team. When guards do not feel like part of your team it typically leads to unacceptable practices such as unprofessional behavior, tardiness, and even theft.

Depending on the structure of your contract, on-site supervisors may not be included. If your contract does not require on-site supervision, how does your security guard company remotely supervise its guards? Outside of the normal security company field supervisor spot checks, the two methods of remote supervision that prove most successful are:

1. Officer Tour Tracking Systems

2. Officer Check-Ins

If your guards are required to make rounds of your property, then a system for tracking them while on duty is essential. Officer Tour Tracking Systems provide a remote way of monitoring the guards while they are on your property. These tracking systems allow the security guard company to monitor the time and log the activity of the guards while they are making rounds to various areas on your property. Most Officer Tour Tracking Systems can generate reports that enable the security guard company to quickly get an understanding of whether the guard is making rounds. The property manager should also be provided with an abridged version of these reports. Manufacturers of such systems include Deggy and Timekeeping Systems, Inc.

In addition to Officer Tour Tracking systems, we have found that having a system for guards to check in regularly with the security guard company provides a way of making sure that each guard is safe and alert. By having guards check-in regularly with the security guard company, at least every 30 minutes, guards feel that their safety is important and that being awake and alert is an important part of their job.

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Inspect Your Guards

After hours inspections of your guards are always great ways of finding out exactly what is happening with your security while you are not there. During these inspections, make sure to ask your security guards questions about their duties and responsibilities to ensure that they understand their jobs. In fact, we suggest having your security guards audited regularly, formally (i.e. post inspection) and informally (i.e. secret shopped) by a licensed security consultant as part of your ongoing security program.

Firms like Asymmetric Strategies provide a free service aimed at doing exactly that. Remember, when choosing a security consultant be sure that the consultant is not actually a security guard company. If so, your audit is sure to turn up problems with your current security guard company.

Meet with your Security Guard Company Regularly

The fifth and easiest step is to regularly meet with your security company. Without providing regular feedback to your security guard company, property managers are missing out on opportunities to achieve incremental increases in efficiency. Topics such as tenant feedback, guard attrition, feedback from any remote supervisory systems, and any security audits should be discussed during these meetings.

For property managers, getting the security that they want is sometimes just a matter of putting the right processes in place to make sure that all parties understand what is expected. The five easy steps that we outline here are just a few for you to consider. For more ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact us by email at info@asymmetricstrategies.com or contact a licensed security consultant in your area.

Source by Courtney Sparkman

Strategies For Security Guards When Dealing With Angry People

Security guards often find themselves in situations where they must deal with people who are angry, difficult or in an altered state of mind. This can range from a person being denied entry to party or event, or fielding the wrath of those who have been waiting in long lines or crowded, overpopulated areas. A basic knowledge of human psychology and a solid set of communication skills can greatly help when security officers and/or bodyguards are in these situations. There are several ways to diffuse a situation with an angry person or deal with difficult people in general, all of which relate to these types of skills and know-how.

Listening: When on the receiving end of an angry person, the security guard should demonstrate good listening skills, even if they know the agitated person is in the wrong. By letting the person vent their frustrations and have their say, he/she may become easier to deal with. One of the main reasons customers and everyday citizens lose their cool and become aggressive is the feeling that they are not being heard; a simple acknowledgement of their feelings can lessen the intensity of the situation. Let them know that they have valid reason to be upset and assure them that their situation is being handled as swiftly as possible.

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Understanding: Security officers should attempt to empathize whenever possible to show understanding of why the person is upset. When appropriate, saying something like “I can imagine how frustrated you must be, and I apologize for the inconvenience,” is all a person needs to hear to take their anger down a few notches and redirect their feelings in a different way. Let them know that their feelings are important, and that their complaint will not go unnoticed. Be sure not to appear condescending when voicing your understanding; if the person feels belittled on top of everything else, their demeanor could intensify and the guard will have to work twice as hard to calm them down.

Not reacting: Most importantly, the officer should never react to a person’s aggression with more aggression. Though it is tempting to match this person’s tone and “stand one’s ground,” yelling back at an agitated person won’t accomplish anything productive and will make the officer or guard appear unprofessional. Guards should try to ignore insults and careless remarks as best they can, despite their growing frustration. Angry people often say things in the heat of the moment and don’t mean much of what they’re venting. Also, it’s appropriate and beneficial to admit mistakes if the situation calls for it; Security officers should not be afraid to gently correct false or inaccurate statements, but they must go about it as calmly as possible. A good example would be a person saying “I’ve been standing in line for hours”; the guard could respond with “My time clock shows it’s actually been 35 minutes, but I understand that it must feel like hours,” if that is the case.

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Agreement: It can also be useful to attempt to agree with the angered person on something, even something arbitrary, as it’s an opening that can lead to other agreements in the conversation. Doing this temporarily shifts the power from the security guard who appears to be in charge of this person’s temporary fate to the person who feels they are being treated unjustly. If it’s a venue that the guard is patrolling and the person makes a comment about the poor customer service that they are experiencing, the guard could play both sides of the fence while remaining professional and seemingly validating the upset person; saying something like “Well, I don’t have any personal experience with the staff here, but you are not the first person to express dissatisfaction with them,” is a good way of staying neutral and controlling the person’s anger.

Source by Z Kator

Security for International Business Travellers

The effects of globalisation have produced an enormous rise in the numbers of international business travellers, a trend that is only likely to increase, with the World Travel and Tourism Councils latest Economic Impact report for 2013 predicting an annual increase of over 3%. As the global economy begins to struggle free from the effects of the great economic slowdown this forecast increase may even be shown to be on the conservative side. International business trips are carried out by a cross-section of business people, from those individual traders and contractors simply representing themselves, through to representatives of huge multinational corporations. Many travellers will have taken the trouble to investigate aspects such as the climate and business cultural niceties at their destination, but increasingly, with the effects of the globalisation of threats from crime and terrorism, it is crucial that travellers are also aware of the security situation at their destination.

From the employers perspective, they have a duty of care towards their staff and contractors, and must be seen to have acted in a reasonable way, and taken all reasonable precautions, should the worst occur. Quite apart from the personal suffering involved, expensive litigation for negligence could be the least of the implications of failing to take appropriate precautions. Whilst sanity may well have eventually prevailed in a case at the High Court in Australia recently where a government employee had originally successfully sued for compensation over an injury sustained whilst having sex in a hotel room whilst on a business trip, the fact that the case ended up in the High Court must ring alarm bells for all employers. Of course the actual threats out there to the security for international business travellers are rather more significant than those mentioned in the recent Australian Court case and can range from crime though to terrorism, and will of course be specific to the destination. Although, given the ease of international travel both for business travellers and would be terrorists alike, the days of having totally safe destinations are sadly behind us. Travel to all destinations includes the risk to a greater or lesser extent from low-level crime, which can be at the very least a great distraction from the business focus of a trip, a high-profile example being that suffered by tennis star Juan Martin del Potro, victim of a distraction robbery at the Gard du Nord railway station Paris, who suffered the loss of a number of treasured items, not least of which were his passport, money and a rosary blessed by his fellow Argentinian Pope Francis. This was whilst travelling between tournaments in Paris and London and can only have had a negative effect on his performance. Potentially more serious and certainly more physically dangerous is the threat of terrorism. A Communiqué on the growing threat of kidnapping for ransom, issued in July 2013 by the Office of the British Prime Minister David Cameron stated that kidnapping for ransom is the preferred method of financing for Al Qaeda and represents a growing threat. There is also the issue of information security, an employee of contractor may be travelling with economically sensitive information and travellers need to be aware of the danger that wireless communications may be intercepted, either by criminals or even industry competitors.

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It is strongly advised that both employers and travellers themselves take responsibility for security, and undertake some initial training, prior to departure. Obtaining pre travel destination intelligence assessments will show due diligence, and highlight the need, if any, for further traveller security training. Any training provided should also consider the gender of the traveller and should at the very least include some basic emergency protocols to cover any eventuality.

Given the number of other tasks both employers and business travellers themselves may be handling it is small wonder that the security for international business travellers is usually neglected, which is why it may be sensible to contract one of the international security consultants that specialise in providing these services. Security is a bit like insurance, hopefully you do not need it, but when disaster strikes, you will be very glad you have it.

Source by Richard P Turner