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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 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 combo.

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
    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 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 locked.
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. Right is a "Nothing Inside Worth Dying For" sign
which sends a clear message. Other preppers have suggested hanging a  bio-hazard
sign to deter intrusion. And since solicitors often make their way into your home, you
can deter also them with a "no solicitor" sign.

  • A home security sign is a wonderful deterrent even if you don't actually have a
    home alarm system or you've quit your service. Keep thieves guessing.

Deterrent #2: Leave "evidence" of a dog on premises".
Place a BEWARE OF DOG sign at the entrance to your home. 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: If you own a dog, don't put up the sign in peaceful times, because it will
    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.

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

The survival rule of three is that you can survive:
  1. three hours of harsh weather exposure without shelter.
  2. three days without water.
  3. thirty days without food.

In the unfortunate event that shelter suffers damage of any kind, the Happy Prepper
has a personal "
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 Handbook,
lower left. In it, the author, T.V. personality and survivalist Mykel Hawke, illustrates
basic survival shelters for various scenarios. It's a gorgeous book, well laid out with
loads of valuable information. It's just about
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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?

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