How secure is your life?

Secure family.

Imagine yourself in the position of the man in Italy on his way home from work.

Carelessly he left his keys in the car as he hopped out to pick up an item in a neighborhood store.

He was gone only a few minutes, but when he returned—you guessed it, no car!

After a restless night, how pleasantly surprised he was the next morning to find his car parked in its usual place in front of his apartment house.

A note stuck under the windshield wiper explained:

Sorry to have inconvenienced you. It was an emergency. Accept my thanks and have an enjoyable evening at my expense.”

Two theater tickets for that evening’s performance—the best seats in the housewere attached.

His faith in the human race had been restored.

At the end of a most delightful evening at the theater, he returned home with his wife, fumbled around momentarily in search of his house key, opened the door and walked into—an empty apartment!

Stripped of everything!

His renewed confidence in the human race had been short-lived.

Though unique, this true story is only one of many that could be told to demonstrate the brazenness with which crimes often are committed.

Of course, this crime was relatively mild in comparison to others, crimes so marked by brutality and sadism that you may have shaken your head in utter disbelief.

Small wonder that many persons have lost confidence in humankind and live in fear.

Security means different things to different people.

To one person, security is a job; to someone else, it is wealth; and to a third person, security is a crime-free environment.

Does it mean something else to you?

Whatever your view, you doubtless take steps to try to make your life as secure as you want it to be.

Crime . . . has been a growing problem all over the world in the last 30 years.

Police forces are at full stretch.

How are some people coping?

Consider what people are doing to achieve a measure of personal security.

Personal security

Personal safety starts at home.

Some architects now specializes in designing burglarproof houses equipped with security locks, reinforced doors, and barred windows.

The owners of these homes seem to take quite literally the well-known proverb: “My home is my castle.” 

These houses are costly, but the demand is strong.

To increase personal safety both inside and outside the home, citizens of some communities have organized neighborhood watch schemes.

Residents of certain suburbs go even further, paying a security firm to patrol their area at given hours.

Many people feel it advisable not to be alone at night on deserted city streets.

And parents, who are naturally concerned about the welfare of their children, may take extra precautions to protect them.

But not everyone can afford to buy a burglarproof home.

What is more, neighborhood schemes and security patrols may not reduce overall crime; they may simply shift it into unprotected areas.

Crime thus remains a major threat to personal security.

For our lives to be secure, more is needed than an all-out effort to beat crime.

Perhaps you have taken out a life-insurance policy to bring a measure of security to your family in the event of your death.

You know, too, of those who invest in real estate or other valuable commodities—precious metals, gem stones, old coins, works of art or even postage stamps—as security in the face of inflation.

Wherever you look, people work hard to gain financial security for themselves and their families in every way possible, but not always with success.

In addition, each day, in practical ways, we relate automatically to security consciousness.

Check for a moment your own pattern of life.

How many locks and bolts do you have to attend to before leaving your home?

They form just part of an elementary security precaution.

You unlock your car, which itself may be locked in a garage, before you can drive it away.

When walking in public you secure your wallet or purse as best you are able, to ward off thieves.

Before getting down to a day’s work, do you need to show a ‘security pass’ to enter a factory, or office premises, as many do?

You may prefer to drive your children to school and pick them up, too, because ‘it’s safer that way.’

When back at home, would you venture out alone at night without some means of protection, or would you open your door before checking on who your visitor is?

In Nigeria and other African countries, people in all walks of life openly, and secretly, possess some sort of juju as a means of personal protection.

These charms are used as a safeguard from witchcraft or danger and to give success in trade, farming and hunting.

Visitors to Nigeria notice that most hosts open bottles of drink in the presence of their guests, because few Nigerians will willingly drink from a bottle that has already been opened.

The reason? Fear of being poisoned through witchcraft!

But a person possessing a juju will feel completely safe against such an evil.

In fact, with his juju he will feel more secure than if he were surrounded by an armed guard.

These examples (and you can think of many more) are everyday happenings now taken for granted.

Yet it is a fact of life that personal security is never so easily secured.

How does the search for security affect your life?

In recent years security has come to be recognized as a new ‘growth industry.’

From a proliferation of shops stocking security locks, bolts and catches, to the more sophisticated alarms and monitoring systems as employed to check shoplifting, the sale boom is on.

And, if you do not wish to purchase one of many specially trained breeds of dog to guard your property, it is now possible to buy a recording of one barking ferociously.

The recording, connected to the doorbell, plays immediately when your bell is pressed.

In addition, world wide the number of security firms employing trained (and frequently armed) guards has mushroomed dramatically.

This has prompted many countries to propose special legislation to tighten up on private security firms, which now employs nearly twice as many men and women as does the police service.

It is felt that this new industry has a key role to play in helping to keep down crime and maintain security.

“Untroubled by danger or apprehension,” is The Concise Oxford Dictionary definition of “secure.”

So in today’s world of increasing crime, do you honestly consider your outlook to be so favorably described as “secure”?

Or do you experience a growing feeling of insecurity despite all that you can do?