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Prepper Home Defense
Ideas in home defense for uncertain times

You don't have to feel vulnerable to intruders. You can feel in control when you
make preparations for your home, the way you handle your other preps. You'll need
to make a home defense plan for two contingencies: good times and bad!

Before we get into the article about a prepper's home defense strategy, take a
moment to heed this note about your firearms and how you post signs on your
property. You may be held accountable for your actions, and the court will extract
signage from the premises to make you look like a gun nut when they prosecute! It
may make you think twice about posting signs, like the one pictured left, "Nothing
inside worth dying for," or "We don't dial 911."

Prepper's Home Defense Strategy

Before you learn how to defend your home from burglary and home invasion, it's
important to take a look at how intruders could make way into your home in good
times and in bad:

  • In good times, intruders will make point of entry to your home at your
    weakest link, but only when intrusion is relatively easy and quiet. In good
    times, intruders will work alone or in pairs. They will pose as solicitors,
    repairmen, gardeners, dog walkers or pool cleaners.

  • In bad times (SHTF scenario), intruders will make way inside your home in
    gangs and they will be ruthless, load, irrational and arrogant because they
    will have weapons and mass, and they will be hungry. This is not a good

Not everyone can afford to escape in an underground bunker. How will you defend
your homestead to safeguard what is rightfully yours? We have some ideas that go
beyond guns and ammunition. Learn to deter, delay and defend the homestead to
fortify your shelter.

How Intruders Gain Entry to your Home
Following are some examples of point of entry in good times:

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
  • 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 leaving.

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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 paint.
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

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

  • 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

  • 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 weapons.

  • 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

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
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 confrontation:

  • 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 entrance.

    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

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 paramount
importance when it comes to wilderness survival. In fact, it's at the apex of the

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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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
creatively so you're only "home alone" if you want to be!

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