Complacency is the bane of physical security and personal safety. No matter how vigilant we are, as time goes by with no problems occurring, we become complacent and let our guard down. September 11th is a prime example. Immediately after the event, people were vigilant and leery of everything out of the ordinary. Now, everyone is carrying on as they did before the attack and relying on the Department of Homeland Security to protect them.
After a neighborhood burglary, homeowners will install new locks and security systems and will be on guard every time they enter their houses. However,, after a few months, the security system is unused and caution is forgotten until the next occurrence of a crime.
Life is what happens when you least expect it. People do not get hurt or robbed when they expect it. Bad things occur when you least expect them. Therefore, to be safe, you must expect the worst to happen. You do not need to be paranoid; you just need to maintain your vigilance, even when there is nothing apparently going wrong.
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