The Unintended Effects of Modern Day Security Features


For the first time in a long time, I found myself stuck in traffic and that had me thinking back to the days when I had a full-time job, prior to the company I worked for going all the way bust. I definitely don’t miss being stuck in traffic and having the option to travel when peak hour traffic is not likely to be a factor is one of the perks of doing your own thing and being your own boss.

So anyway, a very interesting discussion came on the talk radio station I was tuned-in to, which kind of got me thinking about my next business venture.

They were talking about the private security industry around the world with a rather interesting spin on the topic, in the form of how security features are affecting the way in which modern day architecture is evolving. It’s not so much an issue over here at home, but go abroad and homeowners’ attitudes around safety and security definitely affect their architectural designs.

I would perhaps only like to get involved in the home security industry insofar as I can supply materials and not a step beyond that. Otherwise, it makes for a rather interesting observation looking at the effects modern day security features built into our buildings and homes have.

One of these effects is rather ironic, to say the least in that it lures criminals in somewhat. It’s a bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts in that the house that’s littered with very visible security features is the one which attracts burglars the most. It’s a simple matter of them being more interested in the more extensively secured house because of what they imagine is being kept so safe.

By no means am I suggesting that you need to double-down on your security or tone it down in any way, but it is indeed all about perception.

Attracting more unwanted attention is definitely an unintended consequence of modern day security features which are indeed a necessity, another one of which unintended consequence is the explosive growth of the private security industry.

There are entire design and manufacturing plants which exclusively supply the home security industry, which would mean that they feed off the insecurity. Additionally and perhaps in a more direct manner, there are actual private security companies who offer services such as armed response in conjunction with home alarm systems, so one can only imagine just how much bigger the market gets in that sense.

Then there’s the insurance industry covering household goods. I don’t think I have to discuss just how big any insurance industry can get, let alone the household goods insurance industry which deals with household items whose value perhaps depreciates the fastest of anything considered to be of value.

I just don’t know how comfortable I am getting into a business arena which relies on the fear of its customers though, so if I do venture into the private security industry, it’ll be a very slow and cautious entry into that market.

Author: Oliver Curtis

Hi there. I’m Oliver. I’m just a young boy from the outskirts of… Okay, that’s a lie, I’m not a young boy anymore, although I certainly feel that way at heart.