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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Easy Enhanced Home Security Measures


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Easy Enhanced Home Security Measures

One of a preppers’ (or any homeowner’s) greatest fears is an intruder breaking into their home, whether it’s while we’re comfortable in our own bed or away at work or on vacation. Securing the home perimeter is essential to keeping your home and family safe. If s***t hits the fan, you better hope your home defense system features several well thought out lines of defense.

There are many ways that the home can be secured, ranging from small changes in your daily life to high-tech security systems and cameras. Whether you live in a rural area or in the middle of NYC, protecting your home is a priority. Choosing a safe location is a great way to secure your home, from there, there are many things you can do to make sure your home is intruder-proof.

First Line of Defense:

  • Fences, Gates, Bushes
    • Define and defend the boundary of your property. While man-made fences and gates are a great way to keep people out, they may signal to intruders that you have something they want. Bushes and shrubs offer boundary definition that also serves to block an intruder’s view of what you might have that they want, while adding aesthetics to your landscape as well! While bushes and shrubs add a barrier, they can also serve as a hiding place for intruders, so make sure you keep them neat and trimmed, forcing any intruder into an open area on your property that can be seen from the home.
    • Thorny plants such as holly or roses near entrances into the home also add a deterrent. Keeping these near ground-floor windows adds an extra thorn in any intruder’s side.
  • Dogs
    • Dog, a man’s best friend, is a great guard! While his barking may be annoying to you at times, he sure is loyal to you and your home. Any intruder would be afraid of climbing over a fence of a guarded property. If you are really serious about keeping your home secure, get both an indoor and an outdoor dog. Put interconnected bells on the strategic points of the fence around your property so if an intruder tries to climb over, he will set off your makeshift alarm, which will surely wake up your dog.  [Some experts say a small, ‘yippee dog’ works best]

  • Lights
    • I can’t stress enough how important lights are! Don’t be stingy when “shedding light” on possible intruders. Make sure you get motion sensor lights for strategic areas around your home, shed and garage. When you’re not home, keep a light on outside and look into timed lights for the inside to create an illusion that someone is home.
    • Use large house numbers and place them where they are easily seen if the cops, ambulance, or firefighters have to come. This could be on the home, high enough to see from the road and with a light shining on them at night. If you live in a rural area, far off of the road, make sure your house numbers are large on your mailbox, tree, or post on the road and be sure that they’re reflective or have a light shining on them.
  • Neighbors
    • Get to know them. They may or may not be a resource for keeping an eye on your house. Keep in mind that they may also be a threat. This is where the “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” proverb comes into play.

High-Tech Defense:

  • Security Systems
    • There are plenty of companies to choose from: ADT, Honeywell, LifeShield. If you live in an urban area, the alarm is more likely to bring the authorities to your home in time to catch the intruders. Even in a rural area, the alarm itself could deter an intruder and the authorities could catch them at their next target. Do keep in mind that these systems require batteries and cables to work, as well as personnel that monitor your security system. If they don’t show up at work due to a disaster – you are on your own.
  • Cameras
    • A camera system is something that you can spend a lot of money on, or you could do it cheaply by rigging it yourself. Make sure they can see the entirety of your property: around the house, along the driveway (maybe you have to put them in the trees or make-shift shelves). A camera system could also help keeping the kids in line—try sneaking out now! You can set up live feed on a secured web address and be able to check what each camera sees from your phone, tablet, computer or directly on a screen in your command center (safe room is a great place to have a screen that runs on a generator).
    • We use window and door jambs – wood and/or metal bars cut to size which prevent windows and doors from being opened and added to the we’ve included battery operated sirens which go off when a window has been tampered with [you can find these on eBay].  Some folks place trays of marbles on floors below windows inside their homes.  Burglars stepping inside onto the floor will slip on these causing a commotion.
    • Install a safe room in your home if you are in a position to afford it.
    • Keep weapons handy at convenient spots throughout the home and ensure each person knows how to use them [not always advisable if young children are present].  Even loud boat air horns can prove a deterrent however.


·         Perimeter alarms and trip wires have come up a lot in prepper circles, so after I read this post from The Survivalist Blog, I knew I had to share it with you.

·         This piece covers some inexpensive alarm systems you can purchase as well as those of the DIY variety. Some of these alarms provide visual confirmation of an intruder and some give you an audio warning. A few of them are single-use, while others can be used over and over again.

·         While there are certain precautions everyone should take when it comes to home security, perimeter alarms aren’t a one-size-fits-all type of thing, because it all depends on the area you want to secure. Click on the article above and take a look at the options to see what would work best for you.

    • Many folks use mounted cameras and for larger areas camera bearing drones!

Did you come up with a creative DIY security rig or alarm idea? Send it to us so we can share it with fellow preppers.

To your survival,


Thanks to fellow contributor, Richard Marshall



Prepare Your Survival Plan for All Five Phases of a Disaster

Yes, there are five phases of a disaster that you need to prepare for.

Most people aren’t preparing for ANY of the five phases… and even experienced preppers are only looking at one or two.

But these recent evacuations show that isn’t enough.

What if you’re forced from your home? What if your vehicle gets stopped? What if you only have mere minutes to make an escape decision that will mean the difference between life or death for you and your family?   [Here are a few primary ways of getting out of Dodge]:

1) Major power-line paths — These typically run in very wide, straight paths out of town and can have access roads along them.

2) Waterways — Depending on where you live, a boat can get you out of Dodge faster than any highway can. Look at your local map to see what paths are options for you.

3) Railroads — They’re meant to travel across the entire country and can be a lifesaver in a forced evacuation. However, you may not be able to drive the entire way as you reach water crossings or run out of vehicle access paths.

The last thing you need to have your mind on is what stuff will I need?

Have your plan and all your survival gear already prepped for all five survival contingency plans and you’ll never have to worry about how to prepare.

I highly recommend you use the survival plan we lay out in our survival gear guide you can get for free right here…

Look… don’t be one of those people who puts off planning for these emergencies to the last minute.

That’s what victims do.

Now is the time to put together your “five-phase plan” so you’re not scrambling around like everyone else trying to think about what to do… where to go… and what to pack.

It’s not hard to prepare for… but if you put it off until the flames (or floods, chemicals, winds or whatever) are headed toward your door, you’re going to get caught in the trap with all the others who didn’t prepare.

Additional Resources

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The key word in that question is the word “need.” The word “need” implies that you have a goal. Is your goal to: Lose weight? Survive for a long period – say a month or longer? Power your body so that you can do more? Sustain your current weight? The reality is that the amount. . . Read More

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--How to Survive the Coming Economic Collapse

--Guide to Self Reliant Living

--Becoming Self Sufficient for Six Months

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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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