building shelter defense

Building Shelter defense
Methods of fortifying your home

Point of entry #1: Your Vacation.
An open opportunity to intruders is your vacation! July through August are
good months for thieves to break in your home when you are off on vacation,
particularly just before school starts. Did you know February is the month least
likely to have a break in? That's because you're likely home from the holidays;
you've used up all your vacation; and the kids are in school.

    Among the telltale signs you're on vacation, include:
  • fliers, newspapers and circulars scattered on the driveway;
  • mailbox jammed with magazines and mail;
  • no cars parked in the driveway (or cars in the driveway, but the
    RV missing);
  • no dogs on the property (when usually they are busy barking);
  • no lights in the home for days;
  • no doorbell response.

  • Defensive solutions:

  • Don't brag about vacations, business trips, or weekend getaways,
    but do inform your most trusted neighbors just when you are

  • Make sure to have cars parked in your front yard (ask a neighbor
    or friend to park an extra car in your space).

  • Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers, or stop your
    mail and newspaper deliveries.

  • Inform several neighbors of your whereabouts so they can scout
    out your home for trouble.

  • Hire a dog sitter instead of sending your dog(s) to the kennel.

  • Fix your doorbell.

  • Get a dog! Even little ankle-biting yappers will deter theft.

Point of Entry #2: An open garage door/ and even one that's
A garage door is often the weakest link by carelessness alone. Complacency
sets in when occupants feel safe in the neighborhood, and then they simply
forget to lock the garage. Always lock the garage door, but know also that
entry through an unlocked garage isn't always the case. Forcible entry through
the garage commonplace because a would-be thief will attract less attention at
this point of entry.

  • Defensive solution: A Security Camera. The Security 2020 dummy
    dome security camera, pictured right, is the same model used by major
    retailers to deter theft and criminal activity in parking lots, garages, and
    store facilities. The dome gives the impression your garage is under 360
    degree video surveillance. All weather domes is easy to mount.

Point of Entry #3 Locked and unlocked windows.
It takes only a good swing of a baseball bat to crack open your windows. Pre-
laminated glass is an expensive option.

  • Defensive solution: Clear safety window film is an effective deterrent.

Point of Entry #4: Your locked front door.
An ordinary locked door poses an easy break-in opportunity for theft.

  • A credit card is all it takes to slide open the locks of a typical apartment
    door (no fancy lock-picking tools required).

  • A point of entry is through a house or apartment is often a swift kick to
    break the door.

Point of Entry #5: French door in the rear.
Since police enter from the front, burglars often choose to enter and leave your
property through the sliding glass doors in the patio. Often homeowners or
tenants will leave the door open for a pet, dog walker or family member, or
they forget to close them! You can deter entry by placing a wooden rod at the
sliders. French doors are particularly weak. In either case, they will break glass
if necessary, but that will cause unwanted noise. They will have no hesitation
to break them if the risk is low.

Point of Entry #6: Master bedroom.
In bad times, marauders will probably enter the kitchen first, but in good times
it's the master bedroom that's the point of entry.

Prepper Home Defense Tactics:
Every home is a man's castle, but a prepper thinks about his home in terms of
fortifying a castle. To protect your home from everyday burglary and invasion,
employ these tools:

Deterrent #1: Hang a foreboding sign.
Avert danger altogether with a sign. A bio-hazard sign or quarantine sign will
deter intrusion during a pandemic, but what kind of sign can you hang during
another kind of crisis?

The first layer of defense should be a home security sign! It's a wonderful
deterrent even if you don't actually have a home alarm system or if you've quit
your service. Keep thieves guessing. Obviously, such a sign will do you
absolutely no good in a world without rule of law, so what kind of sign should
you place

A sign of the times and a word of caution...

  • "Beware of dog" sign or "Guard Dog on Duty" sign? Preppers love
    their dogs and want to hang a sign as a deterrent. In a court of law,
    even an ordinary "beware of dog" sign could be used against you.
    Afterall, you knew your dog was dangerous, why didn't you chain him
    up? Courts may cite your negligence!

  • "Nothing inside worth dying for" sign? It is not without a note of
    caution that we remind you that the very sign "Nothing Inside Worth
    Dying For," which sends a clear message to looters also sends a clear
    message to a jury in a court of law.

  • No trespassing sign? Yes, this is probably your best defense in home
    signage if an intruder gets on your property and

Deterrent #2: Leave "evidence" of a dog on premises".
Place a BEWARE OF DOG sign at the entrance to your home or GUARD DOG ON
DUTY sign. Even if you don't own a dog this could be a scare tactic, particularly
if you place a large bowl of water and huge bone at the entrance of the back
yard. This "evidence" may be enough to thwart looters to an easier target
home. However, in times of famine, a dog might be considered pray and you'd
not employ this tactic.

  • NOTE: As mentioned above, if you own a dog, don't put upa foreboding
    dog  sign in peaceful times, because it could be a legal nightmare for you
    in the event your dog bites someone. It means that you know you have
    a vicious dog and that you did nothing to prevent your dog from biting!
    Use it only for a world without rule of law. Again, a "no trespassing" sign
    is more appropriate and defensible in a court of law.

Where to place a "no trespassing sign"?
Prioritize your defenses on the right-hand side of your property. Human instinct
is to head in the direction of their dominant hand and since 90% of the
population is right-handed, you know where intruders will attempt first to
strike. Secure the right hand entrances first!

Deterrent #3: Bullet proof glass, tempered glass or window film.
Extremely committed preppers install bullet proof glass; however this an
expensive option. Fortifying windows with window film or tempered is a less
expensive option. Be sure to install window film on the inside the window
frame, or caulk the edges to the frame.

Deterrent #4: Door jams.
Installing a door jam or simple stick in a sliding glass door could provide just
the amount of delay necessary. A good option is a Buddybar Door Jammer,
pictured right. By placing a 2' x 4' between front door and inside steps or wall
could deter a forced entry. Or try a 3" screw into the studs to fortify. Door jam
armour is  extremely effective and will provide peace of mind.

  • Security Striker Plates for door jams (installation required): To
    combat 34% wood jam (security strike plates). A regular deadbolt won't
    do the trick, you'll need a commercial grade deadbolt to deter the
    intruders. Security Striker plates is an inexpensive fix to enhance the
    door strength and security, which is peace of mind in itself, but it won't
    work for door jams that have been damaged by a break-in. Fix the door-
    jam first, then install your strike box. (You'll need to drill and shape the
    jam to fit the box). The process will make your door jam much stronger.

  • Door Jammer (no installation required). Pictured in red at the top of
    the page, the DoorJammer is a unique, new and innovative portable
    door security device for anyone needing privacy and security. It prevents
    unwanted intrusions into any room and provide peace of mind. It's
    portable, discreet yet highly effective. It fits most doors in seconds to
    'jam' the door shut.

Deterrent #5: Anti-climb spikes.
Having a professional install anti-climb spikes if legal. Anti-climb spikes could
provide you with extra peace of mind that intruders won't easily gain entry to
your home. Check with local laws as these are extremely dangerous and may
be highly regulated in your locale.

How to deter entry post SHTF (unconventional ideas):
How you defend your home in the event of a civil disturbance is radically
different from how you'd would on an every day basis. It's your job to create a
defensible space with barriers and booby traps to impede intruders. The more
obstacles you have, the more chance you have at attrition (wearing down the
enemy). For starters, try: barbed wire, chicken wire, nail beds, sand bags, and
hour creativity.

Here's how to fortify your castle and deter intruders in uncertain times:

Apocalyptic deterrent #1: Guns and rifles (and the constitution).
In a world without rule of law, your gun is your best peace of mind for security.
You may also like to carry the constitution with you so that you may defend
your 2nd Amendment rights should the so-called "authorities" try to gain entry.

Apocalyptic deterrent #2: Leave Gang "evidence" with Spray
In the early stages of uncertain times, you might thwart an gang attack or
individual intrusion by using spray paint to mark a "territory" with gang-like
symbols. Practice on cardboard. Our readers have also suggested scattering
about debris on the property to make it look as though the property already
has been ransacked.

Apocalyptic deterrent #3: Display a "Guard dog on Duty" sign
(even if you don't have a dog).
Place also a big dog dish of water and a big chew toy to imply you have a huge
dog. Intruders may not want to battle a large and hungry apocalypse dog! I
may be just the incentive they need to go to another home. However, a small
dog may be considered prey.

Apocalyptic deterrent #4: Place a Bed of Nails or tire spikes.
Set out the welcome mat (a bed of nails)! Plywood with a bed of nails is a
surprise element that someone could step into inside of a fenced gate
entrance. Create a bed of nails by driving them into a piece of plywood. Place
the "bed of nails" on the An additional benefit, of you have nails and plywood
around, you'll be able to board up the windows or fix windows that break. Do
everything you can to impede zombies: set up booby traps to wear them
down. Hungry looters will go for easier prey.

  • Make a bed of nails with thumbtacks. Implore clever use of thumb tacks
    by creating an instant "bed of nails." Have a few boxes handy, so you
    can throw the thumb tacks at key entryways to your home when SHTF.
    Unsuspecting zombies may sustain injuries to their feet. It won't kill
    them, but it will deter them just enough enabling you a chance to round
    up some more ammo.

Apocalyptic deterrent# 5: Employ Barbed Wire or Chicken Wire.

  • Barbed wire or razor wire. Barbed wire can provide a good measure of
    security though traditionally barbed wire serves to protect grass
    boundary, railway or highway. For the surprise element, place barbed
    wire on the top inside fences! Hiding barbed wire will provide cause an
    intruder to get a severe cut and leave. The idea is to make intruders
    know that you are prepared. They will go for an easier target because
    you are prepared with a fortress.

  • Chicken wire. Use a staple-gun to secure chicken wire around the
    windows of your home to make it defensible as an obstacle against
    intruders who would might throw bottles and rocks to gain access to
    your building. This technique is a way to fortify for a bug-in.

Apocalyptic deterrent #6: Simulate a blackout with black plastic
Make it look as though you have no luxury of power and fortify your personal
security in this way by hiding. Create a blackout effect by sealing windows with
a heavy duty black trash bags and duct tape to ensure the light around
windows and doors doesn't leak through. If the zombies can't see you have
light, then they won't know you have resources.

Apocalyptic deterrent #7: Get Sandbags now, fill them later.
Sandbags don't take much space and you can fill them with gravel or dirt when
you need it. Sandbags can secure gates and doors from opening easily helping
to stall the intrusion. Sandbags also provide a layer of protection: the more
mass the better to shield against radiation or bullets.

Apocalyptic deterrent#8: Get some geese.
Yes, this is an unusual idea, however, if you have a large property where it's
feasible to have some geese, then have them on your property. They'll make
an excellent warning system!

Apocalyptic deterrent #9: Keep mace and know how to use it.
Gaining a few valuable minutes to handle an intruder at close range, mace can
help you grab your gun and your family protect the homestead. Mace is also a
helpful option for those who are not trained in firearms and safety. In an
extreme situation, instruct children in your household on the use of mace. In a
reasonable way, even children can defend themselves upon intrusion.

Apocalyptic deterrent #10: Home Defense Fogger Pepper Spray:
Put on your gas mask and send intruders home crying with the Sabre Home
Defense Fogger Spray, pictured immediate right. With this spray, you can
target a 25-range to defend your property in a non-lethal way; however, be
warned that this pepper spray foggert is so powerful that it may affect you as
well, which is why we recommend the gas mask.

Apocalyptic deterrent #11: Know how to use improvised

  • Have an axe or two on hand. An axe could come in handy to chop a tree
    to make a barricade as well as to deter

  • Other clever weapons to have on hand, a baseball bat.

  • Even a Smith & Wesson pellet gun, pictured right, could serve as a
    deterrent. It's a replica of one of the newest S&W designs and has a
    drop-free 19-shot BB magazine.

Preppers Notes on Deploying Decoys
If you convince the gang of zombies that all you have is a few cans of beans,
they'll likely be happy and leave with a meal for the evening. In this way, it
looks like you've been fighting to save your last food. Know that you can talk
your way out of anything.

These ideas will get you started. Armed with a few techniques to deter, delay
and defend your homestead, you will surely find some new and clever ways to
guard your property on your own. To read more detailed strategies, purchase
Prepper's Home Defense, a book by Jim Cobb, pictured immediate left. This
excellent new book will help you find security strategies to protect your family
by any means necessary.

You'll be building more fires when SHTF, so you'll need a measure or protection
against flames. Protect your clothing and your hearth with Fireguard spray,
right. Nontoxic and non-carcinogenic -- safe for people and pets. It's main goal
is to prevent fabrics from ignition and spread of fire, so you can use it on
household fabrics, draperies and curtains, upholstery, and other natural and
synthetic materials (with the exception of leather). Interior furnishings are the
number one contributing factor to the swift spread of fire and smoke within a
home, so this may be part of your overall shelter plans to mitigate threats from
marauders on your home fortress.

    Consider these clever ideas to protect the homestead to avoid

  • Hiding: In the event a gang of marauders finds a way on your premises,
    you can hide. Many preppers opt for a safe room or underground
    bunker. An underground bunker is an expensive option worth
    considering, and you can invest in a pricey safe room too, but a safe
    room doesn't have to be that fancy. It can be relatively inexpensive to
    disguise a secret passage in your home to an attic, garage, closet or
    space between the walls to hide temporarily. In hiding, you will avoid
    confrontation with a group of individuals you may not otherwise be able
    to defend yourself against. Deceiving the gang could be as simple as
    mounting a large mirror or a small piece of furniture to camouflage the

    Another way to hide is to have a secret escape tunnel to a different part
    of the property. In this way, you can have a direct fire of control on the
    marauders who have invaded your space. This could be a crawl space or
    escape hatch from your bunker.

    Secured and hidden storage is another area to concentrate your
    prepping efforts. While many preppers have gun safes, they rarely lock
    their food when they should. A hidden food cache in several locations is
    widely practiced, but preppers should consider putting a lock and key to
    #10 cans and food grade buckets.

    Finally, hiding can also mean you camouflage your person to hide in plain
    site! Hiding as a homeless person, for example, is a technique of
    camouflage (or "bugging in") where your aim is to look like a "have not."
    A prepper might use this strategy to blend in with society in an effort to
    retrieve a cache of food or supplies. A prepper might also use this
    strategy as a sort of an urban ghillie suit to analyze the civil unrest and
    assess the situation for bugout or to find allies.

  • Distracting and confusing: In the event of civil unrest, a strategy to
    employ to confuse and distract looters is to throw useless items on the
    lawn to make it appear that the property has already been looted.
    Broken glass scattered strategically might also make the property
    appear previously pilfered. Such tactics could provide essential and
    sufficient distraction while a family is thriving safely inside in a safe room
    or bunker.

  • Safeguarding: To defend your home from looting in the event of civil
    unrest, there are several ways you can safeguard.

Having the forethought to invest in body armor, such as a affordable bullet-
proof vest can enhance preparedness on the defensive strategy. Other non-
conventional tools of self defense might include using Wasp spray or Bear
spray (instead of mace).

Looking to build a shelter in the wild?

How to create shelter when you bug out:
Shelter is among the first considerations when you are in survival mode. Being
prepared means securing your shelter in uncertain times. Shelter is of
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apex of the survival.

The survival rule of three is that you can survive:
  1. three minutes without air.
  2. three days without water.
  3. three weeks without food.

Many preppers have expanded the concept to include shelter. Namely that a
human can live just three hours of harsh weather exposure without shelter.

In the unfortunate event that shelter suffers damage of any kind, the Happy
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bug out" plan. The basic human instinct of fight or
flight dominates the decision to "bug in" or "bug out."

Learn how to build shelter in the wild using Hawke's Special Forces Survival
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In the event of a cataclysmic event, Preppers often speculate how gangs will
form from the surviving ranks following a catastrophe. Banding together, these
new gangs will go from house to house to forage whatever they can, taking
life and limb. How will you defend your home?

Happy endings...
The happiest ending possible to a home intrusion is to avoid one altogether!
Advanced planning and resourcefulness is what it's all about. Start to think
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