Most home defense articles will recommend that you flood every area of your house –out and in- with 200-lumen motion-detecting lighting.
Our counter-intuitive tip: keep the inside of your house in the dark. Resist the urge to flick on the switch when you go to check out a possible intrusion. Provided you have some self-defense training, and can keep your cool in a panicky situation, leaving the lights off gives you a distinct home advantage- you know your own home much better than the intruder.
A motion detecting floodlight on the perimeter or near the most likely breaking-and-entering points could still be useful in conjunction with leaving the inside of the house itself dark, but there are pitfalls: Firstly, the light can be used by the intruder to identify access points; and secondly, sensor lights are notoriously sensitive to branches swaying in the wind and so on, leading you to relax your instincts and start blocking out the warning signs of potential intrusion.
If you a woman living alone, a group of women living together, or indeed any group of friends that don’t want to be unnecessarily targeted as an easy lunch for looters and predators, here’s a tip from a female prepper who says this has worked for her: leave a pair of big steel-caps by the front door. Every other day, change their position slightly. Any potential burglar who is keeping a loose eye on the house will figure there’s someone in there he doesn’t want to mess with.
Home fires kill hundreds of Americans every year, and blocked exits are a leading cause of death. If you have accessible windows – i.e. windows that burglars might try to climb through – plant thorny bushes in front of them. The thornier the better; hawthorn has been used for centuries for this very purpose.
You can even hide the really dangerous-looking thorny species behind something more innocent: a citronella bush planted in front will disguise your trap, and also ward off insects trying to get through your windows. This way the burglar won’t try to avoid the bushes, and will yelp out and alert you to his crime.
If you must keep your windows locked, keep the key in the lock. A burglar can easily punch through the glass and turn the key, but it’s still a measure of prevention, and the only sensible compromise.
Most dogs that have been treated well by their owners will protect them when push really comes to shove, when someone is really in the act of trying to hurt a family member. But my friend has a German Shepherd at home and that dog wouldn’t hurt a fly. Anyone coming to the house is assumed to be a welcome guest, and whereas a well-trained guard dog should assume their guard duty until they are commanded to stand down, I’m pretty sure this particular shepherd doesn’t even have a guard mode.
If you want a guard dog that can actually defend your home and prevent intrusion, consider purchasing a trained dog from a professional company like Canine Protection International.
Recent statistics have suggested that accidental shootings (combined with familial murders and suicide) account for roughly the same number of fatal shootings by home invaders. Last year, over 2000 people died from accidental shooting, and women and children were much more likely to be the victims. If you own a firearm keep it somewhere it could never be found or accidentally triggered by children. Traps like these might look great in action films, but they are a really dumb idea in real life.
But they are a brilliant answer to tornado season! Tornado-proof rooms are best designed into the foundations of your house before it’s built, but they can be retrofitted as well. Creative Home Engineering is probably the most experienced company helping homeowners make retrofits like this. You can get a bunch of ideas from their website to help you do it yourself, too. There are simple DIY bulletproof safe-room techniques that you can use to assess and reinforce the most suitable part of your home to build your own stormproof survival room.
Any old junk can be used cleverly to alert you and your family of an intruder. For DIY advice, we recommend watching Home Alone.
You can erect a palisade, a dike with angled sharpened branches, a conventional brick wall, a wooden fence, barbed wire fences. You can grow a perimeter of thornbushes (which will create many homes for birds as well, and food for your bees if you collect your own honey). You can even create your own moat! Why not?
The ideal home security system will make you feel so safe, you’ll be sure that no one could ever make it in. But it’s crucial to act sensibly in a time of crisis. To stay calm and alert, and to make sure that your instincts are to rapidly carry out the most efficient sequence of responses possible, practice what you would do if one of your alarms, sensor lights or thorn bushes brings a possible intruder to your attention. Run through it a dozen times every few weeks, and then, if it ever happens while you’re asleep, your autopilot will help you to know what to do, and stop you freaking out.
What you’re about to discover here, contradicts everything you’ve ever known about protecting your home and family from looters, thieves, and rapists during a crisis.
These techniques are taken out from actual 21st century warzones, where social chaos is the name of the game. People from these lawless states know exactly how to create virtually impenetrable barriers, it the nick of time and without any money.