Business Security Advice - Why do we need security?
05 September 2019

Business Security Advice - Why do we need security?

You're looking for help with security and fire safety for your business, but there's so much to think about and you just don't know where to start...

Does this sound like you?

Well, you need not worry. In this series of three articles about business security, we're sharing information about security systems for businesses, and what you need to consider when it comes to nailing your security strategy.

Below, you'll find answers to some commonly asked business security questions, as well as advice that will help you understand the importance of protecting your organisation.

If you have a question about business security that's a little more specific, please contact us and we'll be happy to help you further.


What does security mean?

Before we go into detail about security systems, let's go right back to basics.

In its simplest form, the term 'Security' is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as:

"The state of being free from danger or threat."

However, it can also be described as:

"The safety of a state or organization against criminal activity such as terrorism, theft, or espionage."

Or a state of human emotion:

"The state of feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety."

The word itself derives from the Latin 'securus' - meaning 'free from care'. The word also follows from the Latin 'Securitas' - who was known by ancient Romans as the goddess of security and stability.


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Why do we need security?

The need for some form of security can be traced back to the earliest human civilizations. As communities began to grow, trade and wage war, so did the occurrence of theft and outside attack. Back then, it wasn't mobile phones and car keys that were targeted. Instead, assets such as food, fuel, materials and even people were the most valuable. Those rich in resources or who showcased their wealth were, therefore, most vulnerable. Theft was often driven by greed, poverty and jealousy.

Throughout history, people have turned to physical barriers and natural deterrents to provide an 'early warning' and lower the risk of being targeted by criminal activity. From the building of high walls, watchtowers and moats, to the use of animals, traps and the surrounding environment, there are many examples of early security measures - some of which can still be seen today.

For centuries, fortified walls and moats have been used to keep out unwanted guests

In the modern world, the principles of security have not changed. It is instead the way we use security that has evolved over the centuries. It wasn't until 1853 that the first Intruder Alarm System was patented by an American man names Reverend Augustus Russell Hope. His invention was originally a form of an electromagnetic Telegraph system.

The desire to protect your family, livelihood and belongings has become an increasingly important part of life. The essence of security is about more than just physical protection. It represents the feeling of peace of mind and safety we all enjoy.

This is part one of three articles focused on business security. Look out for part two coming soon!


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