Why is Security Important?
I was listening one day to my favorite business talk radio show, at the time in 2008, and heard a comment from one of the host’s frequent guests. The individual was talented and very successful in his field. But he made, to me and every security professional out there, the most asinine comment I have ever heard from someone about the security field.
“Security is useless. The only reason we have security around is because they are constantly scaring us into believing that we need them. If we didn’t have security around us, what’s the worst that could happen? If we didn’t spend money on that garbage we’d have more money to grow our businesses!”
Now being serious about this and not overly ‘protective’ of my career field or overly paranoid about remarks like that I’ll tell you why we need security in today’s world. So, all you managers out there, business owners, and anyone else who think security are a cost center and not a profit center.
Specifically discussing Workplace violence (WPV), it is a very real possibility in any business. From as few as 1 employee to multi-national corporations and the government (as we have seen in recent weeks (Fort Hood and Camp Lejeune)
It’s a foregone conclusion that you will have an incident within your business as 100% of businesses experience such an event, in one form or another. To read more about that I refer you to the blog I wrote on November 25 last year (It Doesn’t Affect You?). I’m not to discuss the financial ramifications at this point; you already know them from numerous posts.
As for theft in the workplace, most thefts are committed by employees accounting for roughly 81% of all losses. Losses in the retail sector are over $150 BILLION per year! How much lower would that be if loss wasn’t counted in by theft?
And if you take into account other potential security issues the losses mount to nearly $200 BILLION a year to business. And that number isn’t one to be taken lightly. This is crime from all sources i.e. arson, vandalism, theft, and so on.
Far too many business ‘experts/consultants’ are quick to dismiss security as a cost center that doesn’t do anything for the business and should be taken lightly and given the ‘short shrift’ when it comes to money. That is until something happens and then it’s security’s job to stop it, even though the budget wasn’t given to them. And then they ask why?
In a perfect world, there would be no place for me and the millions of people who provide protection, in one fashion or another, to the world and companies. And that would be okay by me if my job was to go the way of dinosaur. That simply means a couple of things could have happened.
#1 is that we’ve entered the Star Trek universe. WE could all be dead and buried and living a dream in heaven (or where ever – according to your beliefs. Or the world has ended and Jesus is ruling the world from his heavenly throne. But I don’t think any of those are accurate or will be any time soon.
Our jobs in security, when done right and with the professional diligence YOU deserve, are vitally important to everyone we’re around. In financial and physical terms we need to be here for you and your companies, not to mention your employees.
Where would we be without the police, highway patrol, border patrol, and others in law enforcement? Far up a creek and headed to the ends of the Earth because we don’t have a paddle! There are security for the masses like we as security professionals are to individual businesses.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention. He has appeared in more than 130 media outlets in the past 30 years of being in the field and 22 studying, writing, and speaking about WPV/SV.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page (One is too Many) to see incidents of WPV/SV you may not have seen or thought about. You will also see other related items to WPV/SV as well.