It’s not my intent to demonize the popular press by telling you that they are to be ignored, but a recent headline on Wired, which caught my attention, says it all, no matter which side of the US/terrorism fence you happen to be: How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized.
According to Spencer Ackerman, author of the Wired story cited above, published on 9/11/11, “In case you haven’t noticed, hysteria is what the terrorists want. In fact, it’s the only win a decapitated, weakened al-Qaida can get these days. The only hope that these eschatological conspiracy theorists possess for success lies in compelling the U.S. to spend its way into oblivion and pursue ill-conceived wars.”No matter if you agree with Ackerman’s assessment or not, it’s important for you and I to remain vigilant in our daily work and personal lives. It’s equally important for us to avoid a knee-jerk reaction by balancing hysteria and a level-headed approach to the matter at hand. We should do whatever we can to thwart terrorism in the homeland while having enough faith to allow the authorities to take care of the rest.
So, what can you do to assist the authorities in their quest to keep the homeland safe—be it a large city, small town, or a quaint country berg?
As a business owner or the head of a government office building, one of the ways that you can assist is to install a quality video surveillance system inside and outside your facility and to make the recordings thereon available to local law enforcement whenever they require help. If possible, add Internet connectivity to your video surveillance system and provide outside access to local law enforcement.
A quality outside video surveillance system has also assisted law enforcement authorities many times in solving local criminal activities, such as murder, vehicular hit-and-run accidents, and much more. It’s not uncommon for police to knock on the door of a business, government facility, or even a residence to ask for help in this manner.
Do your part by giving them access to your recorded video.