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Security: Protecting Our Future and Our Past

While many look forward to the future of security and technology, others are using the tools of today’s security industry to protect our past. Preserving our landmarks can be a difficult task and with the threat of natural erosion, it’s almost impossible to prevent them from fading away over time. However there is a more eminent threat to these treasures and that is human negligence. Burglary, vandalism, and lack of maintenance are just a few of the ways, we as humans are responsible for neglecting these landmarks.

San Antonio, Texas is home to the very popular historic site, the Alamo. This building was planned for construction in 1836 and did not receive any modern form of security until 2009, when Stephen Wise vandalized one side of the building walls with spray paint.

Other monuments and landmarks have been subject to tragic attacks as well. For example, the Missions in California, which have twenty plus sites stretching from Sonoma to San Diego. These buildings were established in the mid to late 17th century and have been through a lot over the years. Some of these structures have been burglarized and had valuable statues and painting stolen, while others have been tagged with spray paint by vandals. The renovation of these buildings did not take place until December of 2006 when a man named Larry Tracy decided to take on the costly project. Completing the first location, the Mission San Juan Bautista, cost an estimated $140,000.

Despite the cost, there are many organizations that offer funds to help companies and individuals with projects like these. Some of these organizations even offer assistance in providing the right technology to enhance the conservation of monuments and landmarks. Security systems have provided safety and peace of mind for many business owners and families, but we cannot forget about our past. Our national treasures are the link to our past generations and thanks to advancements in surveillance, they too can receive the protection they deserve.

Lee Jones


  1. Lenny on July 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I have security cameras at both my business and home, but I had never thought about how they might be used to protect national monuments. I know that my cameras have prevented several crimes, so I’m sure by installing a sufficient amount around the properties of these places, we will see the vandalism and theft decrease. I think you just gave me a new business idea, thanks!

  2. Anthony on July 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I can’t understand how video surveillance was implemented at the Alamo just last year! I’m planning a trip to San Antonio this month, so I’m curious to see what type of system they will have in place.

  3. Jimmy on July 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Man this realy upsets me I have been to the Alamo a few times in my life but my wife an children have not. I hope that the system they put in helps stop this kind of disrespect for not only a State treasure but a National treasure as well.

  4. Bobby Doochan on July 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Keep us informed anthony I’d too am curious San Antonio has become a hotspot for crime.

  5. CCTV-TECH-GUY on December 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I could not agree more, with the cost of equipment going down there should be no reason a government historic landmark should not have a system in place to protect its value.

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