Public Reassured By Security, Says Adt
Underscoring concern about personal safety, less than a third of the survey’s respondents believe that their privacy is invaded by either security cameras in public places or by home security systems.
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That consensus can be explained by the survey’s concurrent finding that two-thirds express apprehension that a terrorist attack might affect them or their families.
Conducted weeks after 9/11’s third anniversary, the ADT Security Survey also found that six in 10 Americans said that security cameras provide effective crime deterrence.
Nine in 10 said that the use of these devices in airports, retail establishments and government buildings is appropriate. Seven in 10 are reassured by such precautions as home security systems, identification cards and access control badges in the workplace, and anti- shoplifting systems in stores.
“The ADT Security Survey conclusively demonstrates that the public feels safer knowing that there are extra ‘eyes’ helping to protect them in many of the places they visit throughout the day,” said Jay Stuck, vice president of corporate communications for ADT.
Bill Zalud, editor of Security Magazine and a 20-year industry veteran, is not surprised by the survey’s results.
“People are most concerned about security in their homes and for their family members,” Zalud said “It makes sense that they are reassured when they see security measures in place at airports, government buildings, stores, office buildings and other public places.”
The ADT Security Survey of 1,030 adults across the country was conducted during October 2004 by BNP Media in conjunction with TNS NFO. The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 3.1 percent.