Ever since I attended this event part of the ‘HowSafeAreYou ‘ campaign launched by GODREJ LOCKING SOLUTIONS &SYSTEMS, my home security has been on my mind. I could totally relate to the common consumer mentality of ‘getting any good lock’ to secure my house. But as we were narrated stories of how houses are broken into and various modus operandi of thieves, I realized I too needed to tighten up my house’s security and I am doing that very soon!(Hoping no burglar is reading this!)
This particular panel discussion had on board Dr. Kaminidevi Bhoir -Honorary Psychiatric Counsellor for Mumbai Police, Vivek Agrawal -veteran crime journalist and author, Shyam Motwani- EVP and Head of Business for Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems, Prakash N. Borgaonkar-Western Region Head of HelpAge India and a gentleman who was a victim of theft in his house.
A few clips like these helped us understand the psyche of a robber and how easy it is for them to break the traditional locks used in most homes.Here is one of them.
Speaking during the panel discussion, Kaminidevi Bhoir, honorary psychiatric counsellor for the Mumbai Police, said, “A robber or a thief is somebody who has the urge to steal. This act of robbery is a disease and is called kleptomania. Kleptomania is associated with impulse control disorder, where you get an impulse to do a particular thing and you cannot stop it and you go ahead and commit the act, without thinking of its consequences. A robber has no conscience while committing such an act.” So now that we understand Kleptomania and that it’s not easy to reform kleptomaniacs, it’s on us to keep the best level of security for our homes and valuables and be alert citizens!
Prakash N. Borgaonkar, Western Region Head of HelpAgeIndia, highlighted a neglected fact that most victims of robberies tend to be senior citizens.
“Senior citizens in today’s society are the victims of loneliness. They have nobody to talk to and are often isolated by family, which is why they let anybody into their homes just for the sake of conversation, and become a soft target. They do not understand that they are inviting danger into their homes,” he said. So we are also looking at security in terms of social issues like these and making sure that our senior citizens live a emotionally healthy life is also another measure to protect our homes and family members.
Shyam Motwani, Executive VP & Head of Business, Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems highlighted that, “Preparedness is the key. One of the primary rules of defense is to understand the enemy” He added that we could only do that being responsible citizens and looking into the security of our homes personally instead of relying on the carpenters or shopkeepers to choose locks for us.
Vivek Agrawal, veteran crime journalist and author,shared some valuable information coming from his vast experience writing about crimes.He explained how nature has provided us with it’s own security in the form of stray dogs which we drive away. It can be our local watchdog and can alert us on spotting suspicious looking people.He also shared how burglars mark the walls outside our houses for easy identification at night .
It was unequivocally voiced that it is the right and duty of home buyers and home owners to check the level of safety provided by a builder in a project. The suggestion was supported by an audience of around 100 people which comprised of mothers, working parents and senior citizens.They were also updated about the various technological advancements in terms of locking solutions and how the old locks which were once advanced are now somewhere redundant as breaking them is now an easy task for thieves.
This noble campaign called #HowSafeAreYou has personally been an eye opener for me in many ways.Here are some simple ways to keep our homes safe:
- Have duplicate keys for all members of the family and do not keep keys with house staff or neighbours or least ‘under the door mat’.
- Take the effort to buy your house locks and other security systems and don’t forget to ask about the technological aspects of them.
- Always wipe off your finger print marks from devices requiring the same as they can be easily duplicated.
- Do not allow people you don’t know well to enter your homes.Deal with them at the door or better outside it!
Godrej also announced 15th November to be observed as ‘Home Safety Day’ in India.It’s about time we consider the safety of our homes seriously!
And who better can we trust with this than Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems which is manufacturing innovative locking devices since 120 years.You can visit their website or call them on their customer care numbers to get information on the best security system for your house.
Take a moment to rethink on #HowSafeAreYou !