Locksmith: Home alarm system? But I have nothing to steal!
My neighbor called me today enraged. His home was broken into yesterday when he was in church. We live in a quiet, but modest neighborhood in Fort Worth and not too many houses have home alarm systems. Our defense is that we are not attractive to burglars because we do not have much worth stealing.
“They stole my sodas out of my fridge! And my new sneakers!” ranted my neighbor. The rage was not about the stolen valuables or non-valuables as the case may be, but about the violation of private space, the sense that we are not always safe.
Although there is no such thing as complete safety in nature, we crave that sense that we are safe and protected. Safety and security is one of the fundamental human needs, and when it is violated, we feel shaken to our foundation. This is the reason people have difficulty recovering after a break-in, even when not much is stolen or damaged. Many folks even take the drastic measure of moving to a new location, believing that they would be better off elsewhere.
When we think about installing a home alarm system, many of us agonize over the additional expense that we might be able to do without. However, home security is much more than just about protecting the valuables and the safety of our family. It gives us the everyday sense that we are in control of our private world and that nobody can violate it. It is unfortunate that we live in the world where things like this happen (and of course, things can be much, much worse), but there it is, and we have to do the best we can to protect ourselves.