Secure Your Home

As we build our preps up, one is often left wondering about security, and how we cannot only protect our families but also our preps.  Securing your home and bug out locations is a very important part of prepping.  Ultimately keeping your preps to yourself or a select trusted group of fellow prepper’s is one of the best things you and your family can do.  You will here preppers talk about OPSEC or operational security all the time.  

OPCSEC is all about being smart about your planning, maintaining a low profile, and protecting the greater good of the overall operation.  If people think you don’t have anything to offer when the SHTF hits, then they will move on down the road after the next promising or easy target.  Besides practicing good OPSEC, you should also think about creating layers of protection around and in your home.  A great book on securing your home is Prepper’s Home Defense by Jim Cobb.  This book takes you step by step through strengthening your home into a secure place for you and your preps.

Preps To Buy To Secure Your Home

  • Window alarm systems.
  • Pepper spray
  • Combination or key locks for the backyard fences.
  • Infrared (IR) floodlights to illuminate the property (These can be motion-sensor activated).
  • Ensure that your doors and locks are reinforced.
  • Purchase a gun of your choice ( if you want a gun, please follow all laws and seek training.  Also store weapons in a safe manner away from children.  Although this is our right, we must respect it responsibly).  If you can’t afford one put whatever you can aside towards purchasing one in the future. Buy once and buy right!!
  • Ammo- start your collection. I recommend a box or two to start.  Put a way a few bucks every paycheck until you can buy bulk ammo for better deals.  My goal is 1000 rounds per gun
  • Baseball bat

Survival Library:

“A comprehensive guide to gun options as well as non-lethal and homemade alternatives needed for neutralizing attackers after a catastrophic collapse

A massive disaster strikes. Civilization breaks down and with it goes the thin blue line of police protection. Days or even weeks pass before the National Guard arrives to protect law-abiding citizens. In the mean time, it’s every man, woman, and family for themselves. Having self-sufficient means for protecting your family at this critical moment is essential. Thankfully, Prepper’s Armed Defense details exactly how to achieve this high level of life-saving readiness.

Far more than a gun guide, Prepper’s Armed Defense is the most comprehensive, no-holds-barred guide to all type of weapons, including knives and other edged weapons; non-lethal weapons like pepper spray,tasers and stun guns; plus last-minute improvised weapons made from common household items.

Among the weapons covered:

  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Brass knuckles
  • Bows
  • Blackjack and sap
  • Monkey fist slungshots
  • Clubs and batons
  • Tonfa and other martial arts weapons

The legalities of self-defense are also discussed as not all encounters will take place after a societal collapse.  From the proper way to relate the information to a police dispatcher to when you should call an attorney, the focus is on ensuring you don’t end up behind bars for protecting your loved ones.” – Sourced from Amazon

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Suggested Projects For Your Home

1. Create an emergency protocol and discuss it with your family members. Be sure to include a list of emergency phone numbers and escape routes.

2. Create a safe room where family members can retreat to if there is a break in. Ensure that the safe room has a phone line, and if you have a gun in the home, ensure the gun is in the room. Please make sure that the gun is locked and put away so small children do not have access to it.

3. Install some outer preventive layers:

  • Ensure your doors are strong. (A hollow-core metal or solid wood door is best.)
  • If your doors are composed of glass, install a double cylinder lock to reinforce the strength.
  • Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Install locks on the back fences.
  • Infrared (IR) floodlights to illuminate the property (These can be motion-sensor activated and solar so they operate even off grid).
  • Put a peep-hole in the door.

4. Install some inner preventative layers:

  • Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track and try painting it the same color as the track so its not obvious.
  • Put an anti-lift device in your windows. Battery operated ones will continue to work even if the grid goes down
  • Look into an alarm system for while the grid is still active 
  • Position hidden web cams strategically throughout your home. 
  • Sign family members up for a self-defense course.
  • If you have a gun, go to gun range. The only way you will be an accurate shot is if you practice on a regular basis.

Editor’s Tip

As always, we need to be smart when we prep, get creative in how you achieve your goals and always keep an eye on your budget and your master plan.  Going broke before the SHTF will not help anyone.  Even if you do only one activity or buy only one prep a paycheck, you will still be more prepared than you are now.  This is a way of living and a mindset that grows with you over time.

If you didn’t get this when I suggested it before I will remind you one more time to read this book!

Prepper's Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

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