Occasionally, I’m chided by naysayers who accuse of promoting the FUD: fear uncertainty and doubt. They rattle off statistics that point to the chances of something bad happening is slim and one should not be concerned about such issues.

They are right, the stats are correct, and they are wrong, you should be concerned, but not overly. Regardless, directives towards belittling an issue I speak of is generally aimed at their own insecurity they fear addressing.

In their minds they know it’s something they need to deal with but one they’d prefer not because it’s easier to chastise me and minimize the event than it is to address it head on and be proactive in that manner.

The underlying excuses I’ve heard over and over again point to 2 cop-out procrastinating terms including “it can’t happen to me” and “I don’t want to be paranoid.”

To dispel “it can’t happen to me”

Unless you live in a bubble that protects from gamma rays, it can happen. While chances might be slim of any crime occurring, there is still enough of a chance that it will. For evidence just look in your regional or local police blotter and see how many it happens within a 5 miles radius of your home.

To dispel “I don’t want to be paranoid.”

Heck, I don’t want to be paranoid either. And I don’t wish you to be.

To define paranoia: “Paranoid personality disorder is a psychiatric condition in which a person has a long-term distrust and suspicion of others. People with paranoid personality disorder are highly suspicious of other people. As a result, people with this condition severely limit their social lives. They often feel that they are in danger, and look for evidence to support their suspicions. People with this disorder have trouble seeing that their distrustfulness is out of proportion to their environment”

Paranoia is a loss of control and persistent overwhelm. Taking control of one’s personal security is the complete opposite of paranoia. It’s a balanced perspective knowing that yes, these things do happen, chances are slim they will happen to me, and I’m going to be proactive and do my best to prevent it.

No sense in living in fear. But being proactive, that should be common sense.

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Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulseâ„¢ on Fox News.

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