Risks are part of our daily life, at work, at home and on the street. It is something habitual, not exceptional. If we assume this reality, we can immediately raise our own quality of life, that of our fellow citizens and that of society.
An event that can occur and cause unwanted results, is, in simple terms, the definition of Risk.
From this principle that before you can control the risks, you must first evaluate
and thus develop various alternatives: control them, mitigate them or reduce their consequences, displace them or ignore them.
Assessing the risks and defining the measures to take is a function of the security professional who introduces multiple factors in the
“Formula” in the face of a situation: what can happen? What are the chances of it happening? What are the consequences if the risk event occurs?
The interesting thing about this topic is that this analysis involves from personal life, companies, organizations and even the different levels of the State. As risk is an event with unwanted results, many questions arise: personally,
Do I analyze and test the risks? In working life, do I contemplate the possibility of causing unwanted events? In business, am I inadvertently taking risks that endanger my company or generating risks in society? Socially, to what extent am I exposing my family to unwanted events? Does the State protect me from these risks, increase them or is it a generator of new risks? The company or companies, how do they behave with the society that contains them? Do public or private organizations take measures to protect their staff and customers? And so on.
In more serious terms, states develop multiple structures for mitigating internal and external risks that could affect their citizens. This is the basic risk control model and on this basis they project it to all social sectors.
For example, public health, with high excellence mitigates all kinds of risks that can harm the health of the population, by extension, each family prevents the risks of being a victim.
Individual security is as effective as public security is also effective. Hence, mitigation of crime to the citizen is reduced
but not eliminated, since the remediation of the risk of crime is in the hands of the State and that is their responsibility.
The risk implied by the crimes not only affects the citizen, and diseases or socio-economic conditions, but also affects the basic infrastructure of a Nation. Hence, the State and the Government are directly responsible for said infrastructure. Hence, the safeguard of the Nation rests with the Government and not with the citizens, who can do little more than protect themselves in the best way from the internal and external risks to which they are subjected
The total view of risk as a causative factor of unwanted results erases the fallacy that crime, catastrophes, incidents, corruption, epidemics, terrorism, sabotage, failures in the economy, security, health and other social issues are a product of chance or bad luck. They are a direct consequence of having denied the risks, not having done anything to prevent them: of ignoring them.