National security begins with you!
The Boston Marathon incident is an unfortunate, tragic reminder that, as citizens, we must always remain aware, alert and diligent! Individuals must hone a “sixth sense” that helps them detect, anticipate and plan for danger in advance of it happening. People innately know when something is wrong, dangerous, or just “off,” and in those situations it is imperative to take action rather than just brushing it off.
As a society we’ve been de-sensitized to our personal responsibility to secure our own surroundings. We need to teach every citizen that national security begins with you! Each of us has to take responsibility for what happens in our community and nation at large, and not just ask “what can I do better” -- but take tactical action. This act of terrorism was meticulously planned and the culprits had the audacity and arrogance to commit their crime in the middle of day. I assert that somewhere along the line, someone saw something that could have been reported, which may very well have prevented this tragedy.
With each act of terrorism, whether originating from foreign lands or home-grown, we tend to point the finger over who is not doing their job to keep us safe -- but then complain about why we can’t carry more than three ounces of sunscreen in our carry-on bags catching a flight for vacation.
Given the location of these explosives, it is clear that Boston should have been on higher alert and helping residents and visitors do the same, to include educating them about how to stay S.A.F.E.: smart, aware, focused and equipped.
We’ve become a reactionary society...it shouldn’t come down to the honorable and excellent first responders responding to crime, it should be about understanding how pro-active security training (for both individuals and industry professionals) helps prevent a crime from being committed in the first place.
Rather than taking panic-driven action when a catastrophic event occurs, we must collectively focus on preparedness and prevention. We must focus on showing people -- young and old, male and female -- how to be pro-active about security in every area of their lives. The safety and security of your family, your neighborhood, your city and your nation begins with you! Let’s use the all-powerful media to teach the masses about safety and security measures, and give them tools that will benefit the greater good.
We need to teach people to recognize and sound the proverbial alarm when something doesn’t feel “right” so they feel empowered to act on it. Let’s use this opportunity raise awareness about safety and security measures at the individual level. Or, sadly, we will see this kind of crime happen again and again.
Phrantceena Halres is founder, chairman and CEO Total Protection Services International, a security services company focused exclusively on high threat/close proximity safety and security services. She can be reached via: