Thursday, December 06, 2007

It Is Not Your Employer's Responsibility to Secure Your Home

Pro Leagues Reassess Security - washingtonpost.com I suppose this is to be expected in the day where individuals are not responsible for anything, and they have to look for the government - or someone else playing Big Brother - to take care of them.
The shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor will lead the NFL and other professional sports leagues to reassess their security measures for players, officials from the leagues said.
These guys make enough money to hire their own damn security consultants.

Did Taylor have an alarm system? Was it on? (Too many people leave the alarm off when at home.)

What was the physical security of his home? What quality locks, or windows were installed? Was there a fence? Was there anything.

I don't mean to say that what happened was his fault. It wasn't. Whoever shot him should be held responsible to the highest extent allowed by law. But it is everyone's responsibility to do what can be done about security. Not your employer's (or your union's) responsibility. Taking responsibility for this kind of thing is called acting like an adult.

Before moving aboard my boat, I had what you might call a nice suburban house. Three bedrooms, two fireplaces, wet bar in the family room. I also had an alarm system - with full security for when I was gone and perimeter security for when I was home.

My employer didn't recommend or approve the system. They certainly didn't pay for it or a security review.

That doesn't even cover the large, barking dog, or the .357 magnum under my pillow.

Security is everyone's responsibility. Even if you plan to rely on calling 911 and being saved by the police, you have to be able to call them before you become a victim. (Do you keep your cell phone near your bed, or can the bad guys cut your phone lines and cut you off from help?) Having a plan for security does not guarantee security, but doing nothing leaves you open to attack.

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