Tuesday, November 15, 2011

exploring the options

At some point or another the discussion about security takes place. It might happen five minutes, five days or five years after you've relocated.  For some people it is more reactionary than it is precautionary.  Others of us passively choose - by not choosing.

Ridiculously high walls or just high walls? Razor wire or the far more decorative shards of glass? Motion lights or save on electricity? Intimidating giant dogs or regular sized less intimidating dogs?  Guard or no guard? Armed or unarmed?  12 hours a day or 24 hours a day?  Private security or the guy you know that so desperately needs a job?

The choices are vast and complicated.

If you are wondering where we landed ...

We decided that despite popular wisdom we wanted to take a unique approach to our security sitch.

We have chosen to use an unusually intense, scrappy and squishy novice to protect us. She is in uniform and always armed with an infrared Nerf gun, for intermittent night shifts. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in attitude.

It is in the intermittency and unpredictability that her true power lies. One never knows when she is on or off duty.  This creates an extra element of risk and uncertainty setting the intruder off-balance immediately.  It's a fool-proof system.