The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Lock It Down, Folks

On October 14th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by

lock on warehouse doorThe front door of the White House was unlocked. You’re kidding me, right? The front door of my house is not unlocked. It’s locked all of the time. Every minute of every day.  So is my garage door. So is the door leading into the house from the garage — and every other door, for that matter. Why? For a few reasons. First, security experts recommend it. Two, I want to protect my family. And three, I’ve got stuff that I want to remain mine. 

Why was the front door of the White House unlocked? A great question to those of us out here in the real world. Maybe, if a solicitor selling siding knocks on the door, it’s easy to answer. Maybe there is a need for a quick escape in case the 20 or so other escape routes, including a helicopter and an underground bunker, weren’t available. Or maybe the girls were getting ready to put out carved pumpkins as part of the Halloween decorations that will welcome all the upcoming trick-or-treaters. Really?

Sitting inside the White House is the most powerful and influential person in the world, his beautiful family and lots of really cool stuff. Also, there are artifacts that help to preserve the history of this great country. Same as my house, minus the historical artifacts that speak to the heritage of our country. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got artifacts that are meaningful. If someone decided to come through my front door and put the heist on my Hole-in-One trophy from decades ago, I’d be really upset. Same goes for my football signed by Kurt Warner. Now we have a problem.

Be safe and lock down your belongings. Lock your car, your house, your luggage when you travel, your locker at school or work, your gym bag, your PC and your phone. What am I forgetting? Oh, yeah — lock down your identity. Figuratively speaking, lock down your life.

Cybercrime is rampant. Look at the theft of data that occurs from big merchants every day. Why steal the goods stocked on the shelves of my favorite retailer? The bad guys can steal my credit/debit card data, buy whatever they want and casually walk to the car without a care in the world. Lock it down, folks.

I love the Secret Service and what they do. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes, and I’m sure some of it is so sophisticated that we would be overwhelmed at the explanation. But sometimes the simple things get by us — like, oh, let’s say, locking the front door.

Where’s my wallet? Where’s my phone? Two questions you should answer every minute of every day. And for the sake of sanity, lock the front door — always.

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