Everybody loves the holiday season, including burglars. Every year, the rate of theft and property crime skyrockets between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. There are two main reasons for this: 1) Burglars know that after Black Friday, most homes contain expensive gifts and gadgets. 2) Burglars know that many people are off visiting relatives, leaving […]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the biggest threats during any type of disaster is people who are unprepared. At first, they’ll stay in their homes and wait for the government to send help. But after several days, when they start running out of food and realize no one is […]
Although having a firearm for self-defense is a good idea, hopefully, you’ll never have to actually use it against someone. Having to pull the trigger on an intruder can lead to tragedy, with some homeowners going to jail for killing people who broke in. It’s easy to think that your right to defend your family […]
The law says we are not to use a greater force to defend ourselves than we are being threatened by. So what happens when the assailant is much bigger & stronger than the victim? Does this mean that David Dunstan should have gone to the kitchen & protected his family with a kitchen knife???!!! Get into a knife fight???!!! We have effectively lost our rights to self defence & the right to protect our loved ones, this means we have lost our freedom!
So what are we going to do about this? Wait for someone else to get killed? Do you know how many people get attacked,injured or killed each day? Australian women are getting assaulted every two minutes every day!!!
Two attempted home invasions in the same area. A Father uses an unloaded rifle to scare away a man who has a knife & a chunk of wood to use as a club. The Police can shoot someone who confronts them in this way, but this Father had his firearms confiscated, all of his firearms! Now who’s side do you think the police & the government are on?
It is against the law in Australia to purchase or carry anything that is for self defence. That is bad enough, but when a Father uses what he has to hand to protect his family & then gets persecuted for doing so, well that is beyond the pail!
I’ve learned countless crime prevention tips over the years–some good, some bad–but when they come from a veteran cop, I pay close attention. Police officers have about a thousand times more experience with crime than the average citizen. They learn the many ways burglars break into homes, hear stories of home invasions straight from the […]
They say home is where the heart is, but just like your heart, your home needs certain protections in order for it to stay safe. While we may not like to think about it, our homes are often vulnerable to intruders due to our own errors and oversights. In order to protect your property and family, you need to take steps in securing your home against strangers. With that in mind, here are five easy techniques to make your home more secure.
1. Don’t Hide Keys
While a hidden key in your mailbox or under a mat is convenient if you lock yourself out, it’s also the easiest way for thieves to break into your home. The dangers of leaving out a spare key far outweigh the benefits, but if you absolutely must leave one, try to pick less obvious places to hide it. Creating a fake pipe in the ground is a good option.
2. Home Security Systems
An effective home security system can buy you a great deal of peace of mind. Determine the best home security system for your needs, because that automated system can alert authorities to any intruders in your home, no matter where you are. That could make all the difference between catching a thief and returning your stolen property or the thief going free to rob. A sign in your yard can be a helpful deterrent against intruders, as well.
3. Secure Your Doors
Make sure you’ve taken steps to fully secure your doors beyond the basics. Deadbolts are effective at keeping your front door closed, but a metal bar or wooden plank placed in the track of a sliding door makes it even harder for someone to get inside without causing a commotion. The harder you can make it for a thief to break into your home silently, the more secure your home will be.
4. Conceal Your Wires
While home security systems are effective, they have one fatal flaw—wiring. It’s easy enough for a thief to find the wires connecting the security system to the phone lines and cut them. If that happens, there won’t be anything your system can do to protect you. However, by disguising the outside wiring around your home, you can prevent this from happening, since it’ll be harder for burglars to find the wires in the first place.
5. Secure Your Windows
Many burglars find access to a house through the windows. Prevent this by making sure all the windows in your home can securely lock from the inside and can’t easily be pried open. Installing security glass is another good option, as a stronger window means less possibilities of a break in.
Using these tips, you’ll be able to secure your home against intruders. Whether you’re at work, on vacation, or just taking a walk to the park, you’ll feel safe in the knowledge that your home will still be safe and secure by the time you get back.
I’d wager that no one leaves their home without being at least somewhat concerned about the belongings that they leave behind. Contained within most homes, is the sum total of the owner’s life, and not just in a material sense. There are plenty of items with sentimental value as well. And all of it is typically protected by little more than a few locks on the doors and windows. If someone really wants to break into your home and steal what you own when you’re not around, chances are that there isn’t much standing in their way.
But if you want to make it harder for any would-be burglar to enter your home, or at least make your home a less desirable target, don’t just buy an alarm system and call it day. You should really listen to people who are burglars and take their advice. An MSNBC affiliate out of Atlanta recently did just that. They sent letters to 86 people who had gone to prison for burglary and asked them a variety questions about their crimes. Their answers could tell you a lot about how to protect your home from this crime. What they told reporters included the following:
- Don’t advertise what you own. One burglar admitted to looking for homes that had cars with NRA bumper stickers, which would indicate that there are plenty of guns to steal there.
- Burglars don’t just look in obvious places. If they feel safe, they’ll tear everything up looking for hidden valuables.
- The best time to break into a house was between 12:30 and 2:30, because it’s rare for both kids or adults to be home at that time period.
- Not all burglars are intimidated by security alarm signs and cameras, and many admitted to knowing how to disable alarms. Some suggested that cameras would indicate that there are valuables in the home.
- As you might expect, burglars are terrified of large dog breeds.
- Burglars aren’t typically killers. They don’t want to a serious confrontation with a homeowner, so any sign that someone is home is a deterrent.
When asked what precautions homeowners should take to keep their homes from being burglarized, most of the inmates gave similar answers. For instance, many of them suggested that homeowners leave some sign that someone is home, such as parking a car in the driveway or leaving a TV or radio on.
But the biggest deterrent is visibility, and that applies in more than one sense. They suggested that you keep your bushes and trees trimmed so that your home is easy to see. Homes that were isolated, either by the distance from other houses or by being obscured by big fences and vegetation were definitely easier to rob. It seems that the things people build around their homes to make them feel safer have the opposite effect.
And of course, visibility means nothing if no one is actually watching your home. One inmate admitted to preferring homes in communities where the neighbors were very reserved and conservative, and others recommended that you get to know your neighbors. The implication is obvious. In neighborhoods where people don’t really know each other or care about each other, it’s quite easy to break into a home.
That’s because nobody wants to get involved when they see someone hopping your fence, nobody can tell if anything out of the ordinary is going on in your home if they don’t know you, and nobody is really paying attention. As a result, nobody calls the cops.
The bottom line is that neighborhoods, where people talk to each other and don’t feel the need to build barriers between each other, are safer. And that’s probably something that we’ve known intuitively all along.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
Joshua’s website is Strange Danger
This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition
My wife is an aid worker. She has to park her car in a deserted street outside of her work place. It is illegal for here to carry anything, not even mace or pepper spray for her protection at night in the dark walking to her vehicle! NOT bloody good enough!
Self-defense weapons have become a necessity in today’s society where your personal and household self-defense is frequently threatened. If your prime concern is the safety of your loved ones and yourself, do not have second thoughts about being prepared. Just remember -– it is important to have the right self-defense weapon for your particular situation.
Yourself defense does matter. There are many ways you can prepare for the possibility of attack. Sometimes, preparation consists of nothing more than prevention. Knowing how to act, which situations to avoid, and moving with confidence can all help. But—-sooner or later—-you may be facing an assailant.
With the right self-defense weapons, you’ll have TIME to protect yourself and may even be able to bring your attacker down! Your attacker won’t know what hit him. Some weapons can even help you mark him, which will make him easy to apprehend.
Know that the safety and security of your family, home, office and property is assured because you’ve taken steps to protect yourself.
Have more peace of mind, sleep better at night, and walk the streets in confidence and control, because you have taken the time to learn about which self-defense weapons will best meet your needs. Your personal protection is at stake!
Here are a few weapons you might consider as you start to explore what’s available:
Although bolt-action hunting rifles may be perfect for taking large game, they make a wrong choice for home-defense. These guns load slowly, fire slowly, and the high-power cartridges they shoot produce excessive muzzle flash, noise, and recoil and are very likely to over penetrate the target. If you want a rifle for home defense, then consider a tactical semi-auto or pistol-caliber carbine. Always try to keep a rifle scope for perfect shooting.
Telescopic Steel Baton
This is the self-defense weapon that most law enforcement and police agencies use today. Many of these organizations are replacing the old “Billy Club” style baton with the more technologically advanced telescopic baton.
What could be better for keeping the attacker in place once he is subdued than handcuffs? You can also use leg cuffs or thumb cuffs to immobilize him.
There are many different types and styles of knives that you could use. You can read all about the many varieties of knives that are available, including butterfly knives, pen knives, and folding knives.
For security and law enforcement personnel, a hand held metal detector is an essential self-defense weapon. These small scanners can pick up almost any metal weapon, including pistols and knives.
And here are a few weapons that are not used as much for self-defense as for sporting and fun…
A crossbow gives its user far more power and accuracy than a traditional bow. If you’ve never shot a crossbow, you can’t believe how powerful it is. This is more commonly used as a sporting weapon, but you never know when it might come in handy for self-defense too.
Over 40,000 years ago, the first blowguns began to appear in many different parts of the world. In today’s world, blowguns, paintballs, and stun darts offer a wide variety of sporting activities.
High-Velocity sling shots fold down to a compact size and have over a 100-yard range. They’re perfect for slinging insects, rocks or even bad guys Brings back memories of the good old days.
This weapon is styled after some of the world’s most famous firearms. The air pistol maintenance free design and affordability make them an excellent entry level weapon for the hobby and recreational enthusiast.
This Guest article was written by Douglas Brooks. He is the founder of ProReviewly.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot. He is also Rifle optic guru.
Imagine coming home after a long day at work and noticing that your front door is open. You walk inside your home, and you can tell it has been ransacked. Quickly, you realize that many of your prized possessions, jewelry, and even cash are gone. You were a victim of a burglary.
While no one wants to imagine this happening to them or to their home, the truth of the matter is that according to the statistics, approximately 8,000 homeowners in the United States are going to have this experience or a similar experience. And, unfortunately, six out of seven of the individuals who burglarize a home today will get away scot-free. In fact, they will be able to continue to burglarize homes without getting caught. What can you do to minimize the chances of your home being burglarized?
Understand When Most Burglars Strike
If television and movies were to be believed, burglars would be men all dressed in black sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night while using high-tech devices in order to avoid detection. The reality is far different. Most burglars strike in the middle of the day. Most burglars strike in the middle of the week. And most burglars walk into your home using your front door in the middle of summer.
Why Do Burglars Strike When They Do?
In order to understand why burglars strike when they do, you need to put yourself in the mind of a thief. If someone is planning to break into a home, what two things do they want? They want to avoid detection, and they want to have as much time as possible to gather as much loot as they possibly can.
During the day, most homeowners are at work. Children are at school, and entire neighborhoods are virtually empty. Homeowners who are at home are occupied with their day-to-day routine, and in most cases they rarely venture out doors. This makes the middle of the day the perfect time for a burglar to break into your home.
But why do they break in during the summer months? There are three key reasons. First, it’s hot. Second, people are relaxed. Third, everyone goes on vacation.
During the sweltering heat of July and August, most people have their doors open and their windows open. And, inevitably, someone is going to forget to close their windows, or they’re going to forget to lock their doors. This makes their home the perfect target for a burglar.
At the same time, during the summer months, everyone just wants to relax. People are out working in their garden, they are spending every free minute at the lake or at the park, or they have the garage door open all day long. All of these things are a welcome mat for criminals.
During the summer, families go on vacation. Most families are so focused on their vacation that they don’t think about things like having someone collect the mail when they’re away, having someone cleanup leaves that might accumulate near the front of the home, or having someone park in their garage from time to time to give the appearance that the home is occupied.
Burglars are very astute. They see when you and your family are packing to go on vacation, they monitor your home, and they will notice if it is empty. And they will use that as an opportunity to strike.
Now that you have a clear idea of when burglars strike, what steps can you take to protect your home from a potential burglary? Let’s review five.
Five Ways to Keep Your Home Safe
1. Install a home security system. This goes without saying. But still a good portion of homes in the United States do not have a security alarm. Some argue that criminals know how to circumvent home security systems. That is giving the common criminal too much credit. Most burglars are not James Bond and super spy types. They are the type of people who use brute force to kick in your front door and quickly grab what they can and run away. These individuals are looking for homes without home security cameras and homes with poor lighting. Homes with CCTV systems are usually passed over by the run-of-the-mill thief because they do not want to risk getting caught.
2. Good quality door locks. The quality of the lock that you use will have a direct impact on the security of your home. A cheap lock can be bypassed by even the most clumsy criminal. A high quality commercial grade lock, on the other hand, can stop criminals in their tracks. You should install quality locks not only on the front and back door but also on the garage door, the side garage door, and on all of your windows. Although simply having a good lock will not prevent a burglar from trying to break into your home, it can make it harder for them to accomplish their goal. If a criminal realizes that they are going to need to spend considerable time breaking the lock, they are likely to move on to an easier target.
3. Be a good neighbor. It is not uncommon for people to live in the same neighborhood for years and not know a lot about their neighbors. While this may be good for privacy, this is not good when it comes to home security. It is important for you to socialize with your neighbors. Let them become familiar with some of the patterns that you have as well as the people who usually visit your home. That way, when something abnormal happens, the neighbors are immediately alerted. For example, if your neighbors know that you are not moving anytime soon and then a moving truck pulls up to your home, they will know that something’s up and will try to contact you or law enforcement.
4. Close the blinds. The basic principle behind this is don’t advertise. Contrary to conventional wisdom, most burglaries are not planned. Burglars are opportunists. They are often young men looking to find quick cash because they have a drug habit. So if they look into your home and they see that you have electronic devices, cash, or other valuables that are easily accessible, they may decide to take a chance and break into your home.
5. Store valuables in a safe. Buying a safe might be a little expensive, but if you are the victim of a burglary, you’re going to be happy that you made the investment. Even a simple safe requires time to break into. Time is one thing that burglars know they don’t have. It is best to have a safe that is exceptionally heavy or that is bolted down to the ground. If you purchase a smaller safe, a burglar may simply grab it and carry it away.
If after reading this article you realize that there are some aspects of your home or your behavior that you need to adjust, take steps to fix these things now. There is no way to know in advance when a burglar is going to strike your home. All that you can do is take the necessary precautions to protect yourself now. Install a security alarm, purchase a safe, keep your valuables out of sight, become friendly with your neighbors, and purchase quality locks for your doors and windows. Doing these things will drastically lessen the chance of you becoming a burglary victim.
Matthew Wilson is an enthusiast who has a deep interest in all things related to home security.What started out as a superficial interest in home security systems soon led to Matthew becoming an expert in the field and someone that others would turn to when they had questions about the quality or effectiveness of a home security system or device. Read more of his works on – Property Guard Master!
These nurses work alone, and as we all know it is illegal in Australia to carry anything for self defence. Gayle Woodford was raped and murdered whilst at work. We need new laws that will give people like Gayle and other citizens a better chance of survival when crime is on the increase in Australia. Allowing two nurses to work together is a start, but it is not enough. We need legislation allowing law abiding Australian citizens to carry guns for self defence and if necessary for the defence of others, such as family members. In cases where people do not wish to carry a gun, then tasers and capsicum sprays should be a legal option.
When I was 16 or 17, I was home whilst someone attempted to break in.
The experience ended well for me (not so much for the perp), but I figured it would be interesting to discuss, since enough years have passed and I can look back on the situation critically. Before I get into the meat of this story, I would like to preemptively point out that I had little to no tactical training back when it happened, and frankly didn’t really think about home security very much.
Prior to breaking down my reaction to the threat, let’s discuss the parameters.
My home at the time was my grandmother’s home here in the UK, which is basically a 2 bedroom flat that consists of a top floor of a house (downstairs was one flat, upstairs was another). To get to me you have to open a creaky gate, break down my front door, and climb a long set of stairs. The gate isn’t locked; it faces onto a main street and the front door is plain wood with a very basic Yale lock (not the most secure) and a privacy chain. There’s no secondary door, nothing else to get through once you get through the front door.
Now onto the story. It’s around 4 in the afternoon, I am typing away at my desk much like I am now, and I hear scratching by the door. I ignore it for 1 minute, assuming it’s the postman (in hindsight, I should have remembered the postman already came in the morning), but the scratching becomes more aggressive, and so I decide to take a peek from the top of the stairs. I can see through the privacy glass on the top of the door; it’s this huge bloke. We are talking 6 foot 3+ and all muscle. At this point I figure out he was attempting to lock pick his way in. I sort of freeze.
The strange thing is, I don’t panic or run, but rather just stand there observing him. I’m so unprepared for this event that my mind doesn’t really know how to react – so I sorta just stand there. Staring.
After 10 seconds of standing still and doing nothing, I feel a wave of panic wash over me and retreat to my bedroom. I breath in and out a few times and look around for a weapon. Now some of you reading this are probably thinking… “Bro…Why didn’t you call the cops yet?”
Well, I don’t know. Honestly the thought didn’t even cross my mind.
So here I am in my bedroom frantically trying to come up with a plan. I decide to confront this person because I am 17 and invincible (or so 17 year olds tend to think – I for one did), but first I want to be “ready.”
This is the UK so firearms and ranged weapons are not an option, and even in my quasi-panicked state I realized that if this invader made his way into the house, it wouldn’t end well for me. The idea of standing on the top of the stairs with a bowie staring down this moron menacingly just didn’t feel viable, so in my head, the only option I had was to dissuade him from entering the property. Bare in mind that as I am thinking about this, this guy is still picking away at my door; you can imagine my mental state.
Oddly enough, even though I have been a knife nut since I was a kid, I didn’t grab a knife. Instead, the first thing I grabbed (instinctively) was my tomahawk.
Anyway, I grab the hawk, slip it in my belt loop, put on a pair of Doc Martens, and stomp my way out of my bedroom. Once I reach the top of the stairs, I still see the top of this bloke’s head through the privacy glass and decide to head over to the living room to get a better look at him from the front windows.
Looks like an asshole.
Right, Meathead is alone.
I go back to the top of the stairs, shout out, “OI, What the f– do you think you’re doing mate?!” (yes, yes, how very Brit of me).
The meathead obviously heard me, though instead of running away like I expected, he instead… I shit you not… tries to ram the door down.
Think about this: house is facing a main road, he has been picking away at the lock for a solid 3 minutes by now and he hears a guy confront him from behind the door…. so he tries to ram it down? Most important lesson I learned that day is that criminals are generally complete idiots.
Back to the story. Meathead is really going at the door, slamming his shoulder in and I can see the frame flexing, so I stomp down the stairs and brace the door.
Here is where it all gets very interesting for me and quite anti-climactic for you, dear reader. At some point, as I am bracing the door and feel this parasite slam his shoulder into it, something inside me just snapped. I felt a sense of fury wash over me to the point that I did something so incredibly stupid that I am surprised I am still here typing this to you today.
I swung the door wide open.
I was so f—-ing pissed that I thought, this guy is gonna get a tomahawk to the face and what did this genius criminal mastermind do when he saw me?
Took one look at me and ran away down the street.
That’s the end of that story folks.
3-6 months later (I don’t recall precisely) the Crown Prosecution Service sent me a letter saying the idiot had been prosecuted. I called 20 minutes after the incident ended – needed some time to calm down. Turns out he robbed quite a few places in the area, but they of course eventually caught him, and he went straight to the slammer (prison).
WHAT I LEARNED
Looking back, things that surprised me about the situation & the way I reacted:
- I am a giant knife nerd and have been for decades and yet, when push came to shove, I grabbed, and still would grab, a hawk. Like I said, this mindset hasn’t changed, and I might write an article on the matter if any of you are interested (let me know in the comments).
- At no point did calling the police, or anyone else for that matter, cross my mind. To this day I am still more of a do it yourself kinda guy, but honestly – that was pretty dumb of me.
- The amount of rage I felt when I saw someone try to break into my home can’t be quantified. The idiot criminal outweighed me by 3 of me (easily) and I just didn’t care – I just saw red and went for it with zero tactical foresight. The medieval ages made sense to me for the first time in my life.
- That a criminal would try to pick a lock in broad daylight and when that failed, ram it down. Brazen is an understatement.
In hindsight, I should have called the police first, shouted out that I knew what he was doing and that the police were on their way, then braced the door.
I would have been fine with little to no risk.
We can anticipate how we will react to stressful events; I’d like to think that I learned from this experience and I would be more cautious if this happened again, but I know myself well enough to know that if someone was trying to break into my home, my gut reaction wouldn’t be to hide out and wait for backup.
At some point, despite pragmatic rationalism, we have to be honest with each other and accept that deep down we are still animals with very basic and very violent core instincts. When you feel like your home is under attack and your family could be in danger it’s very difficult to walk away and be calm. I wager that most people, especially in this day and age of tolerance to the point of stupidity, would argue that in such a situation they would be calm and rational, but straight up – I wouldn’t count on it.
I have learned from this experience. I have 2 front doors now and have both a hawk and a tactical flashlight next to my bed. I 100% would call the cops first and report a robbery in progress, or rather, get Elise to do so, but with the way our current home is laid out, I can open one door and close it behind me whilst forcing a confrontation with the potential assailant without putting my family in danger.
I think when it comes to advice, the best I can do is to say; “Know thyself.” Cheesy I know, but true. Going through life disregarding your own personality when it comes to conflict is frankly silly. I would say that it’s much better to understand how you will react to a stressful, combative situation and plan accordingly for the safety of both yourself and your family.
THOUGHTS ABOUT HOME ROBBERIES?
How about you? Please chime in with your own experiences and thoughts on the matter – what would you have done differently?
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Coauthor of survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
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The Seismic Shift to Freedom Through Out the Western World.
“The latest result of a populist wave that is set to upturn the political order”,
“2016 the Year that Changed Everything”, are not true, most of the changes, almost imperceptible changes, have occurred during the recent 25 year period. These changes are all part of the war, which is almost as old as human history, the war between ‘central control of the few’ versus ‘freedom for the people’.
and that Lamp is now shining brightly into every nook and cranny of the international suppressive conspiracy.
The mainstream media are horrified, they try to box it into words of containment, ‘revisionism’, or ‘populist’ desperately attempting to minimalize us all as a temporary phenomena.
Of course our opposition, those few who through there academic and media power state ‘they are fighting for freedom, by freeing their society from the threat of firearm owners’. We cannot question their right to have free speech, and their right to have a free opinion, but I can question their hypocrisy of using the banner of Freedom by denying freedom to the two million licensed firearm owners in Australia who own property.
I have no doubt that we will win our freedom again, I just hope I live long enough to see it happen.
Although I try not to let it worry me, sometimes the thought of a major disaster keeps me up at night. Not because I’m not prepared, but because other people aren’t prepared. When the SHTF, hungry and desperate people are going to ransack the stores, and then they’ll start looking for food elsewhere–maybe in their […]
10 Low-Cost Home Defense Tactics You Can Implement Today
Civil unrest can create a wave of violent crime and home invasion robberies. Here are 10 low cost home defense tactics you can implement right now to protect your family and preps.
Securing A Home is Proven to Reduce the Chances of Break In and Detour Criminals
Civil unrest can create a wave of violent crime, putting adults and children in danger
In these days of high crime rates and looming social crisis, as a homeowner you must have the ability to protect your family and your home. The following 10 low-cost home defense tactics can be installed or built into your home today.
Projects you can tackle on your own and save money on
If at all possible, try to do these projects on your own in order to save money. It should also be noted that hiring others may make it easier for neighbors to see what you have, or inadvertently expose your security measures to others that might use this information to hurt you later on.
If you must hire someone to do these jobs for you, make sure that you work only with a reputable company.
1. Fencing and Lockable Gates
Without fences and lockable gates, you will not be able to control who or where people enter the property. Build a strong fence around your property with only one lockable strong gate at the entrance. The fence can be supported and strengthened by using a combination of natural and man-made materials such as galvanized steel or heavy wooden planking. That will prevent or slow down vehicles from entering a point other than the gate.
The fence posts should be set in cement and the fence should be from 6′- 8′ tall.
• In order to have a good field of fire around the fence, remove all brush and cut down any trees to about 25′ outside away from the fence. When you cut trees down, leave tree stumps over a foot tall and all of the above ground roots. Do this around the gate down each side of the driveway. By doing this you channel all unwanted vehicles or individuals to an area where you control the situation.
• You can install “Do Not Trespass” and “Private Property” signs, however, they may not be of much use in a social collapse situation. During more stable times, however, they do establish that others are being warned to stay off your land.
2. Use and Install Door Braces on All Exterior Doors
These door braces support and make it harder for individuals to break down exterior doors.
• The first type of door brace has a steel rod that fits under the door knob and is secured in a reinforced base attached to the floor.
• The second type of door brace fits across the bottom of the door about 6 inches above the floor. It is anchored into the floor by a reinforced base that is attached to the floor.
• For sliding doors, there is a floor base system. First mount the reinforced base plate on the floor next to the spot where the sliding door is completely closed. Then slide the door brace piece into the floor base plate. The door is securely locked in place.
3. Simple and Cheap Alarm Systems That Can Save Your Life
Alarm systems don’t have to be expensive to protect you and your property. Sometimes the cheap, but very simple ways can work for you. Try to use ways that blend into the surroundings and don’t stand out.
Doorbells when pushed. Activate a CCTV system that automatically calls your Smartphone. When you answer, you can see, hear, and respond to whoever rang the bell. If it is a thief, this is a test to see if you are home. If they hear your voice they will run away.
• Suspend aluminum cans with rocks in them on 15-20 lb. nylon line at different heights of the fence. When individuals try to climb over the fence, the cans move rocking the rocks, and the noise alerts the owner.
• Place little camel bells on a ribbon, which has a loop on one end, to hang on the interior door knob of an exterior door. Another place to use the bells is tacked to the inside of windows. When the door or window is opened or shaken. The bells will ring out and alert the homeowner.
High Decibel Alarms – Battery Powered
• Battery powered mini window and door alarms that are mounted to windows and doors by 2 sided tape or screws. Depending on the model, the alarm is activated when the window or door is opened; some models like the Doberman Security window alarms detect the slightest vibration, immediately sounding a piercing, high decibel alarm on any window a unit is placed on. (Other models by other manufacturers sound an alarm when the magnetic contact is broken.)
These alarms are portable, can be moved, and remounted when necessary, and can be used separately from a standard home alarm security system, Brinks, etc. (They also have models for your front door, back door, garage doors, shed, etc.) For your windows, they are both a deterrent and alarm device; they detour criminals prowling around windows because they are clearly visible, yet because they are mounted inside the home, they cannot be tampered with from the outside.
Keep electronic alarms invisible from the road
• Try to make electronic alarm systems as invisible as possible — from the road. Cameras in plain view or other “expensive” looking gear that can be viewed from outside your property can actually draw criminals on to your property and to your home because they think you have something worth protecting.
* Note that units like the Doberman Security for your windows are intended to detour criminals once they are actually looking into your home from directly outside a window; data is mixed however; some criminals may decide you have something you are protecting and that may prompt some to try to figure out another way to break inside; others may decide to pass on your home, due to the window alarms — knowing they are likely to go off if a window is broken or opened. The best placement may be out of sight from the road, but in view once a prowler is at a window.
4. Interior and Exterior Mirrors to Help You See Blind Spots
Blind spots can hide individuals who don’t want to reveal their presence while they are breaking in or leaving.
• Install exterior 4-6 inch convex mirrors that can be installed on the corners of a porch and outside of windows.
• The mirrors need to be mounted higher than the average person and adjusted downward.
• Most people don’t have a habit of looking up and would walk right under the mirrors without seeing them.
For interior use of mirrors in the home
• For small rooms and L-shaped hallways, use a 90-degree quarter dome mirror.
• When viewing blind corners and T intersections, use an 180 degree half dome mirror.
• For areas that require 4-way visibility at intersections from all angles, use a 360-degree full dome mirror.
5. Keep Outdoor Areas Well Lit
Good outdoor lighting will discourage anyone from hiding or trying to break in during dawn, dusk, or night hours.
• Use inexpensive solar lights in shaded areas.
• Use motion detector lights that will come on when a person walks by, but not your pets or other animals.
• Put all other exterior house lights on a dusk to dawn timer. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
6. Pets As an Early Warning Alarm System
No matter if you live in the city or the country, animals will always reveal people who don’t belong on your property.
• A dog barking will tell you if someone is outside the house.
• If anyone breaks in, the intruder will have to deal with the dog’s bite and attack first, if you have a trained security dog. (Most intruders don’t want to take on one or more dogs guarding their master’s home.)
• For those individuals that live in the country, geese, turkeys, chickens, roosters, and Guinea Hens make excellent roving alarms. These birds can even be taught to squawk, bite, and chase intruders away.
7. Panic Rooms
When used properly, panic rooms make it appear like no one is at home. Most of these rooms don’t cost a fortune to build or maintain. Putting your shelter underground adds extra layers of protection. This would make the panic room (also called a “safe room”) more like a bunker and harder to break into. Kitchen islands, closets with hidden doors, or floor trap doors all make good hiding places for entrances to the panic room.
8. Train Your Family to Handle, Shoot, and Maintain Firearms, Crossbows, Standard Bows, and Edged Weapons.
Shooting is an excellent skill to have, as is the development of situational awareness that comes with learning how to be a good and responsible gun owner. Aside from guns:
• Bows and crossbows are excellent medium to long range silent weapons; in a post-collapse enviroment, for that same reason they are also possible weapons used by would be raiders, burglars, etc.
• Edged weapons are excellent in-close weapons (for close quarters combat) or weapons of last resort, when a firearm isn’t an option, and your life is in danger.
9. Set Up Fields of Fire in Your Home and Exterior Portions of the Property
Fields of fire maximize the effectiveness of weapons within a specific area. These zones are places where you want invaders to go because having fields of fire gives you an advantage and easier defense of your home.
Interior fields of fire
The number and size of fields of fire in your home will depend on:
• The number of people in the household that can be located in active fields.
• The amount of space that can be used for sandbags and other protective covers.
• If there is furniture such as sofas or large chairs, which can also be used for home defense. Here’s how: Each can have a steel plate mounted on the bottom. When a piece of furniture is tipped over with the bottom facing outward, it can act as a cover to protect you.
• These same steel plates can also be mounted just below window frames (especially those where you, members of your family might take positions), and on the inside of doors; these are both probable places that raiders with guns can spray with bullets, if they think you’re on the other side.
Too extreme? Depends on how bad it gets
To the average American, bullet proof defenses like steel plates and bullet proof vests may seem like an extreme step but they are standard in many dangerous places of the world currently, from cartels to embassies and even armored plates added to vehicles driven by diplomats, businessmen, contractors, and others; they are popular because they work well and are proven to reduce the chances of being shot by someone after your life. (The vest detailed at the link must have small plates added to it; it does not come with plates.)
Exterior fields of fire
Exterior fields of fire are also important and act as one of your first lines of defense. They should include:
• Camouflaged foxholes with multiple fields of fire.
• Well constructed out buildings with trenches dug inside around the exterior walls. Just above the ground, gun firing ports should be installed to permit the outer wall sections to swing inward and down out of the way. When not in use, the gun ports should be locked in the up position.
• Remove all yard junk like old, non-running vehicles and any objects that could be used as cover by unwanted individuals.
• Cut grass no lower than four inches high and make the yard look unkempt. Remove all trees and shrubs around any buildings that are in the exterior fields of fire.
RELATED : Tips for using Camouflage when SHTF
10. A Well Camouflaged Fortified Tree House and Bunkers
• These observation posts will be manned around the clock during times of social unrest.
• The tree house should have a steel floor and steel walls (refer to the steel plates mentioned above) to protect the observer. All of the steel will be covered with wood to give the illusion that the tree house is nothing more but a place for children to play in.
• The camouflaged bunkers should be low to the ground and not well seen from a distance.
• These bunkers will be constructed of stone outer walls with steel plates just inside of the outer walls. Sandbags can be added behind the steel plates for added protection.
• Use small slits for observation and gun ports. These slits should blend in with the camouflaged bunker.
• There should be 3-4 of these bunkers to protect the main house and other close-in buildings.
• It would be to your advantage to have a couple of decoy bunkers made of wood and sandbags to confuse the attackers. These decoys would not have any bullet stopping power and could be located in front of one of the actual camouflaged bunkers.
Remember to look after your neighbors, and also start a community watch following any kind of collapse before any looters or thieves arrive. Invest in several dozen safety whistles that can be blown by a neighbor or even a child who spots trouble first, in an effort to alert the rest of the neighborhood to sudden danger.
If things get really bad, assign patrols (minimum of two people per patrol so that one can effectively guard the other) to monitor the neighborhood perimeter and adjacent streets or open spaces for incoming threats.
Sentries are posted guards used to monitor areas that crooks are most likely to enter your neighborhood from. Remember though that some crooks are clever and may even have military training; so don’t forget about other areas that crooks may enter from; consider having your patrols (mentioned above) double-back periodically to the neighborhood perimeter, effectively giving any sentries you have posted additional eyes on the ground and immediate reinforcement in a conflict.
Though God can look out for us from up above, for the same reason we wouldn’t leave a small child alone with a pit bull, that’s the same reason we shouldn’t down play the idea that crooks may make an attempt on our life or property in a post-collapse environment. In a dangerous world, basic safeguards are important to consider and be prepared for.
Keeping your home safe from looters and thieves
In conclusion, keeping your home safe from looters and thieves during a time of social unrest does not have to cost a fortune. A comprehensive home defense system is as much about keeping your fortifications secret as it is the methods you actually use. Please feel free to comment below this article on low-cost home defense tactics that you have seen or feel would be of use to the average person.
Source : secretsofsurvival.com
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We know that the big one is coming. We prepare ourselves to survive by having enough food & water, medical supplies and other things on hand but we also need to protect ourselves from all.
Protecting yourself and your Family at home from violence, intruders, Terrorist groups and more has become one of the highest priorities these days. So what areas should one begin to protect? Entry ways & Windows! There are various ways intruders can penetrate a home or business but most common are Doors and Windows. Violators will most likely act quickly by blasting down a door or shooting down windows. It is important to know what economical Bullet Resistant materials to use and how to easily install them. Here is what you can use to make a normal door Bullet Resistant.
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With home invasions becoming more common in urban neighborhoods, having a way to defend your home from violent criminals is crucial. After all, the police can’t be everywhere at once. So despite the exorbitant prices charged by some gun manufacturers these days, gun sales are on the rise. In fact, the AR-15 may be the […]
When we talk about security and defense, it seems as though many people are just concerned with stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The reality, though, is that it takes a layered approach to adequately address the issue. Any real and effective security isn’t accomplished just by:
- Buying a loud, scary looking dog
- Putting bars on the windows
- Posting a “This house protected by Remington” sign on the front door
- Planting thorny bushes under each window
- Paying for an expensive security system
Your home security plan might include some of these (the sign is definitely not a good idea!), but other steps as well.
Bear in mind, too, that we’re not just talking about security and defense in a grid down, no “rule of law” situation. This stuff applies to our day-to-day lives as well.
There are different ways to look at and approach the home security puzzle but I like to boil it down to three
basic layers – Deter, Delay, and Defend.
Deterring an attack means convincing possible intruders that they should seek a better target elsewhere. Human beings generally make decisions based on risk versus reward. The higher the perceived reward, the more risk they are willing to take to obtain it. Of course, the flip side to that is also true – the lower the perceived reward, the less they are willing to do to get it.
From a home security standpoint, much of deterrence involves keeping things low-key and hidden from view. For example, you finally have saved up enough money to buy a new TV. After bringing it home and setting it up, don’t just toss the box out with the trash bins! Doing so tells every person walking and driving by that you have a brand spanking new TV, just waiting for someone to steal. Instead, either cut the box up and put the pieces in your recycling bin, or do what we do and reuse the cardboard for projects around the house. The basic idea with the deter layer is to limit the perceived reward so ne’er-do-wells look elsewhere.
Getting a dog is another thing you can do to make your home a less-attractive target. Burglars are less likely to hit homes with a loud yappy dog. Another strategy for some people is to buy a home security system, but then let the subscription service quietly expire. Sometimes the sticker or sign out in front is enough to keep a potential thief away.
The next goal is to delay any intruders. The objective is to give yourself as much time as possible to react to the threat. You want to be aware of the intruder as soon as possible, while at the same time slowing them down. The delay layer utilizes things like alarms and cameras as well as keeping entry points secure through the use of locks and such.
One very easy thing you can do today is to strengthen your outer doors by replacing the hinge screws with longer, stronger ones. Most doors are installed with fairly small screws on the hinges. Go to the hardware store and pick up a handful of screws about 2.5 – 3″ long. Open your door and, one at a time, remove and replace the screws affixing the hinge to the door frame. The longer screws will go through the frame and into the studs, making your door stronger. If you don’t have a deadbolt on your exterior door, consider buying and installing one.
The final layer is the one entirely too many think they should start with – defense. Taking physical action against an intruder is your last option. Simply put, it means your other security layers failed. Defense involves the use of weapons such as firearms, pepper spray, stun guns, even improvised things like baseball bats or wasp spray. In a pinch, pretty much anything can be used as a projectile weapon, including cans of soup or books. It really boils down to what you are comfortable using to defend yourself and your family.
READ MORE: If you have kids, you probably have questions about firearms in the house. Read my 5-part article series on “Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety”, beginning with Part 1, “A Gun is No Big Deal“.
While firearms are generally seen as the best option, if you aren’t trained in their use or, even worse, are deathly afraid of handguns, then don’t buy one! Without training and proper respect for the weapon, you’ll likely do far more harm than good. Far better to use a defense weapon with which you are reasonably comfortable. Practice using it, to such a degree that you’ve ingrained some muscle memory. This will help prevent you from freezing up should the moment arrive you need to use it for real.
I also highly recommend looking into some form of martial art or other self-defense class. Not only are the skills taught useful, it is great exercise. Knowing Karate is often a deterrent in itself; most Martial Artist who have studied for decades have never needed to use their skills for defense. Click here to read up on how to choose a Karate Dojo.
To tackle the problems of home security properly requires a layered approach. Investing all of your time and energy into only one of them leaves you far too exposed to danger. Common sense will go a long way, too.
Jim Cobb, Liz Long, and Beth Buck contributed to this article.
Sadly, seniors tend to be common targets for criminals. They are frequently targeted for scams, fraud, and financial abuse. But more times than not, they’re also the victims of burglaries. Statistically, older people aren’t as likely to be victimized as younger people. Still, this doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you or a loved one. […]
Father ‘using force to defend family’ charged with murder over death of intruder.
Even so, self-defence is not accepted by the Firearms Registry as a genuine reason for owning a gun. If you do have a gun in your home you are legally bound to keep it locked in a gun safe!!! And if you do use it to protect your life & that of your family, then you must be ready to face the consequences. The police advise that in a home invasion that you leave by the nearest exit!!!
Too many preppers go all out when it comes to food storage and water purification while ignoring home security. Yes, food and water are incredibly important, but if things are so bad that you need to dig into your supplies, then it means things are also so bad that other […]
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Bugging out may be the best option for most of us when disaster strikes, but we should also consider bugging in as a worthy alternative. It may be the only option in some circumstances such as a home invasion. If you decide to stay put, you need to make sure your home (house, apartment, etc) is prepared for a potential home invasion. Even if you plan to leave home when the riots start, you’re still gonna wanna fortify your home to decrease its chances of getting ransacked while you’re gone.
I think we have enough reasons to talk about all the various things you can do to prepare your apartment for a home invasion, what do you think? Here are my top tips…
Tip #1 – Strengthen Your Door
If you live on the fifth floor, there’s little doubt that, should someone attempt a home invasion, he’s gonna do it through the front door. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make sure they don’t get through:
- Use longer screws to secure the door
- Use a door barricade (most doors can be knocked down by a few kicks)
- Get a bigger door (not always possible in an apartment setting)
On top of these improvements, the most important thing you can do is never leave your door open. Around 20% of all home invasions in the United States happen because the bad guys are very tempted by open doors and windows (Source: Bureau of Justice).
Tip #2 – Install A Pick-Resitant Door Lock
Most locks are helpless against lock bumping. I won’t go into the details of this technique here but there are a number of types of locks that are “bump resistant,” such as the Abloy Protec2 Double Cylinder Deadbolt.
Of course, if you can have at least a couple of different locks on your door, that’s even better. It will surely discourage most burglars from attempting a home invasion.
Tip #3 – Your Other Doors Or Windows
Your other doors and windows are vulnerable too. Let me ask you a question – how easy it is right now for someone to click one of your windows open? Or, how easy would it be for them to break the glass from your balcony door?
To strengthen your windows, you can use plexiglass. Also, make sure all of them are safely locked when they’re not fully open. It’s also good practice to always lock them even when you’re at home. Don’t forget that a good portion of home invasions happen while the owner is inside!
Tip#4 -Designate A Safe Room
This could be your second bathroom, for example. It doesn’t need to be big, it just has to keep you and your team/family/group safe. You’ll have to strengthen its door just like you did with your front door.
Keep in mind that you might have to spend entire days there (worst case scenario, of course), so you’re going to need food, water, weapons, light sources, and a phone to be able to call the police (if police will be available).
One key aspect to keep in mind is the number of people it can hold. There has to be enough space for all of your group members. If there are four or five people in your household, you might have to designate another safe room.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to open the door to face your opponent during a home invasion. If you have an escape route you can use, that’s fine, but don’t ever use the main door.
Tip 5 – Know Your Escape Routes
You may have only one shot at getting out of your apartment during a home invasion. The one thing you won’t have is time to think. Since locking yourself up in your safe room should be a last resort, it would be fantastic if you could have at least one way of getting out of there (through a small window, for example).
Now, I can’t possibly know what that route is, that’s something for you to figure out on your own. Maybe you have a fire escape, maybe you live on the first floor and you can use an escape ladder to climb down the window. Escape ladders, like this one, are relatively cheap on Amazon and provide good insurance for this scenario.
In fact, if you could have an escape ladder in each room, that would be even better. You can keep them under the bed, for example, and you can even have one in your bug-out bag, you might need to climb down at some point when bugging out.
Tip #6 – Install Early Warning Systems From Home Invasion
Having an alarm system or even a common bell that jingles every time the door opens could give you those much needed seconds to escape. You can also think about having and activating motion sensors at night. A dog is also a great option for altering you of a home invasion.
Speaking of which, dogs can be a very helpful during home invasions but they can also be easily taken down with pepper spray or other weapons if the attacker is prepared.
Tip #7 – Know Your Neighbors
It’s always good to know who you’re dealing with. They may be really nice people or, on the contrary, they may be thieves themselves and just wait for an opportunity to start planning a home invasion when police may not be readily present.
What I covered here on preparing your apartment for a home invasion is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to know more about how to protect your home, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or in the countryside, check out my other article here.