Security is crucial to everyone. It is for this reason that we started building homes and as we progressed so too did our need for security. The houses provided security from the harsh elements, but then we needed security from the other elements – the predators and even the pests – so we started installing special types of locks for our doors and windows.
About thirty years ago we started grilling our homes. A group of criminals who had decided that homes were no longer the private property they were supposed to be, kicked their way into them and proceeded to rob the occupants, sometimes killing them. The government of the day responded with alacrity and pretty soon such crimes disappeared from the landscape.
However, the deed had been done; the grills became permanent fixtures to the extent that people opted to make them designs. Technology saw the introduction of security cameras and other electronic features. Yet there were those who relied on the human element. The society, for example, relies on the police; the state on the army and children on parents.
Senior officials and those with worth or considered self-worth have personal security, as is the case of world leaders and members of influential groups.
The situation is however more demanding; many of us still take security for granted. The result is that there is a proliferation of security services that offer precious little more than a human presence at certain sites. These people are for the greater part women who need some form of employment to maintain their families. And because these women are desperate single parents they are exploited.
But there are those who are old men who feel that they can do more than sit at home without an earning. One of these men was battered to death by people who seriously wanted what this man was supposed to be protecting. The people who used him merely expected him to keep watch. They probably gave him a baton and not much else.
For the past two years, the police have been advising businesses to pay greater attention to security, but many, out of cheapness or the refusal to recognize the risk, opt to sacrifice real security for a token.
The Guyana Government is trying to improve security in many areas. For one, it is installing cameras in the streets to keep an eye on the society and as it says, to place a damper on criminal activity. If there is going to be any criminal activity it would be conducted under the eyes of the watchers, with a view to apprehending the perpetrators in less time than before.
It has also begun to create the environment, if it has not done so already, to preserve its own security. This a common feature in most countries. But this aspect of security is even more than that; it is also about listening into criminal activities that could threaten the society.
Security is serious business and there can never be too much of it. Just recently, there was a report that some students had breached an examination condition. Surely the authorities could have taken greater care, because examinations are often the yardstick by which young people are measured to enter the world of work. Fake results could deprive some really qualified students.
Today, there is a group dedicated to sanction organizations for anything that the group considers against the interest of some people. It attacks the organisation’s security system, forcing the organization to constantly modify whatever security it has in place.
Recently, a news organization breached the security of a dead girl’s communication system. This so incensed the community that the public forced the closure of that organization. Security is serious business. But we do not pay enough attention to it in Guyana, and because of this, we employ people who do little more than keep their eyes open and who would be forgiven if they scream and run at the first sign of trouble.
There should be a law to prohibit the accreditation of what passes for security services in Guyana because given the crime situation, these security services are actually placing people in harm’s way.
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