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  • Aug 29 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

America Spends HOW MUCH on Terrorism?

First things first, we all understand that wars costs quite a bit of money, but lets see how terrorizing the “Risk” of Terrorism really is.

In the following infographic you will see an eye opening comparison chart that will show you all the ways that you are more likely to die than a terrorist attack. Most people will see this chart and view it as scare tactic when in all reality it’s geared towards quite the opposite: Relieving some of the “terror” that’s involved with Terrorism. No one is claiming anything based on a conspiracy theory or some belief that some elite group created Terrorism. This was all based on a study done by The Progressive Review. The ratios were compiled using data from 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control was utilized. The infographic was created by Meg McLain.

The Risk Of Terrorism Infographic

Now lets talk about the “America Spends HOW MUCH on Terrorism?” part.

Out of all the conclusions one could draw from this information, there is one thing that kept rattling in my brain. It wasn’t until I looked up the dollar signs attached to defense spending in America when I realized, we have our priorities all wrong. What made it even personally hard to read was when I was shown how much of OUR money was going towards spending on defense and fighting this “terrorism”.

Where do my taxes go? As you see on the left, most of the budget goes towards Social Security  & Defense spending. The point where this turns into a problem is when you look at the total number of all the things America funds compared to defense. Here it comes…

For the 2011 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the Department of spending on “overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $664.84 billion. 

What’s the sum of the spending against Cardio Vascular Disease(CVD)? Hows $432 billion/year sound? Now granted, thats QUITE a large number. No one would argue that.

The problem is: Statistically, logically, and above all else, morally, the budget for defense should not be larger than the budget on something we know for a fact kills 7 out of 10 Americans every day. (CVD)

 

Keep in mind that we have only scratched the surface of one of the biggest killers in America. We have not even talked about how much is spent against Cancer. Are you curious? A measly $4.8 Billion. 

We could go down the list of every single thing that we spend money on and pick it apart but that would be monotonous. The point can already be drawn that America’s priorities are not where it needs to be. If I was a husband and a father and i was making $50,000 a year and most of my income was going towards spending on defending my neighbors home rather than worrying about my family; You would call me a bad father. You would say my priorities are not in line. You can always tell a mans character by where his money and resources are aimed. Likewise, you can tell a country’s ambitions and goals by what it’s budget reflects.

This article was written by Ronak Kallianpur. Ronak is a writer for Trigger Marketing Group. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and check out his music on Soundcloud. Follow his personal blog here.

  • Jun 26 / 2013
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Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

8 Ways To Protect Your Home From A Home Invasion

We fill our homes with valuables, heirlooms, and possessions that often cannot be replaced. But the greatest and most valuable contents of our homes are, of course, our spouse and children. Being the victim of a home invasion does not only leave us with a sense of material and financial loss, but they also make us feel victimized, violated, and vulnerable.

We may not realize it, but there are things we can do that can cause potential predators and intruders to give our homes a second thought – and possibly pass them by entirely. Our homes should always be a refuge that give us a sense of safety and security.

Here are some tips to help make your home as safe as possible and deter potential unwanted intrusions:

1. If you own a firearm, make sure you know how to use it and feel comfortable when wielding it. Guns are not necessarily for everyone, and people with small children may be especially wary of having a firearm in the house. If you do have firearms, teach your children the proper respect for their potentially devastating power and keep the guns securely out of reach when not in use.

2. Keep your windows and doors locked. According to FBI statistics, over 25% of the total burglaries committed in the U.S. were “no force” entries, meaning the intruders simply walked right in through an unlocked door or window.

3. Install deadbolts on your doors and make sure there is a peephole accessible to all members of your family. Never open your door to someone you do not know.

4. Secure all sliding glass windows and doors with a wooden or metal bar, to prevent them from being opened if the latch or lock is disengaged or disabled.

5. Get a home security system and use the signs they provide to advertise that your home is electronically monitored against intrusions and break-ins. Do not give your security code to anyone other than members of your family that live with you, or a highly trusted friend, neighbor, or family member who may need it in the event of an emergency.

6. Have motion detection lights installed on your home’s exterior. Put these in locations that will provide the most coverage and illumination when they are activated (i.e., driveway/garage, corners of your house, etc.).

7. Plant bushes that are very thorny around your windows. The pain and inconvenience will likely cause an intruder to try to find another route in or discard the idea of burglary at your home altogether.

8. Designate an area of your home as a “safe room” and make it entry-proof once it is secured. Also known as a panic room, this will give your family members a safe place to go if the house is breached, where they can await law enforcement assistance.

While it is almost impossible to guarantee that you will never have to endure the experience of a home invasion, implementing some of these tips – or all of them – will get you going in the right direction toward making sure your home is more impervious to potential intruders, keeping it a safe haven for you and your family.

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