Prepper home security: fortifying your home is all about boosting security levels in your home and preparing for any security breaches. It requires much more than a shotgun and a box of shells (although its a good start). Building a concrete-and-steel bunker will not cut either though it is a step ahead towards meeting your security objectives. These are simply the primary requirements and they are not as easy to achieve.
Having a plan is the very first step and you have to make sure that your family is fully on board. First thing first, the plan must put into place strategies on how to address every doorbell and knock on the door. You need to be able to identify the person on the other side of the door. As they say, never let the devil in the door!
Any delivery person should identify him/herself with a company ID. Where there is doubt, trust your instincts and confirm with the company in question. To guide you, there are strategies and tips that survival experts have outlined to secure your home.
Prepper Home Security Fortification Tips
From prepper experts, the following tips are recommended for fortifying your home. The key objective is to convince every burglar or mobs that it is not worth the effort trying to break an entrance. These include:
l. Always keep doors closed
Doors must remain closed whether you are indoors or the outdoors. It is important to ensure that the doors are reinforced to boost safety. The recommended materials would be solid hardwood or metal-clad doors, which are durable and strong. Grade 1 or 2 deadbolts are recommended which heavy-duty brass strike plates reinforce. This prevents forced entry or the doors from being kicked in.
2. Always keep windows locked
Prepper homes ensure that their windows cannot be tempered with from the outside. If you have to let air in, do not open the windows more than 6-inches. Consider installing window bars but you can use a security mounting bracket.
3. Ensure you install a security system
A loud alarm will scare away any intruders and every member must understand the importance of keeping alarm codes private and confidential. Ensure you have a sign indicating that you have installed a security system.
4. Install a peephole on your front door
A peephole ensures you can clearly see who is on the other side of the door before you can open it. Make sure you have proper lighting so you can see your front porch without having to open the door.
But be careful! There is a precautionary measure one should take before approaching the door and looking through. Make sure all of the lights behind you are turned off…even in the daytime. A person looking through a peephole with light behind them, give off an eclipse like image.
This clearly gives the would be intruder the indication someone is near the door. If the potential attacker is carrying a gun, you provide him a perfect target to shoot. Therefore, always stand to the side.
5. Light up your indoors efficiently at night
This acts as a warning sign that your family is alert even in the night. When you are away, it equally important that you create the illusion that you are home. The lights remain on and other signs such as a car in the driveway. Any daily deliveries should be stopped when you are not home to prevent outsiders from knowing of your absence.
6. Inspect your outdoors for any loop holes that may give intruders entry
After identifying possible entry points for intruders, secure them. In addition, install a 2 x 4 barricade on the main entry point to your property from the inside. Every prepper home aims at being “danger-proof” for safety.
7. Safeguard your home’s perimeter
Motion sensor lights come in handy in safeguarding your home’s perimeter. Consider having a fence especially a live fence, which makes it difficult for intruders to climb. Ensure your shrubs are trimmed to eliminate hiding placed for intruders in your property.
8. Own a dog
Dogs will scare away an intruder and warn you of an intrusion. Even before you can fully train your dog, put up a clear signpost indicating your property has a dog.
9. Keep tools safely locked away
Exposing these tools to anyone can provide intruders with tools to help them break in.
10. Draft a family emergency plan
Every family should draft or find a doable family emergency plan on line. Reviewing it with the whole family, implementing and practicing the safety routines in your plan is paramount. In the event an intruder gets into the house, the entire family should identify the escape route or the defense mechanism.
The need of a “safe room” comes in handy if the event you cannot live the house and the intruders are in the property. As you go off to sleep, keep a flashlight, tennis shoes, and a charged cell phone right by your bedside.
The Safe Room: Ultimate Prepper Home Security
Many have the perception that a safe room is simply a room that aids in the protection of your family from intruders. This is only one function.
It also needs to protect your family from strong weather events such as tornados and/or hurricanes. Though it can be expensive and costly, you can create one without having to go bankrupt.
In this, you can pick one room, any of your choice, in your home and fortify it as long as it has just one door that is lockable.
Creating a Safe Room
1. Consider using an outside door rather than the doors used inside your house because they tend to be built with reinforced and sturdy materials.
2. Purchase a reinforced door frame that can withstand a force of 180 pounds forcing an entry. Seek professional help to identify such a frame.
3. Include additional locks more preferably deadbolts, floor bars, and foot locks.
4. Consider shutter proof glass windows, which are also difficult to break as opposed to upgrading the already existing windows.
5. Ensure there are several backup cell phones or other radio and communication devices in the room.
6. Install or buy a safe to hold all-important documents and a gun. It is also important that every family member knows the combination of the safe or where the key to the lock is.
7. Store enough food, water supply, clothing and first aid kit for the family that will last at least 3 days.
8. Have available appropriate sleeping quarters and bedding
9. Secure portable compost toilet facilities.
10. Keep on hand bug out bags for each member of your party in case of evacuation.
For those GungHo survival preppers willing to deal with the documentation and bureaucracy, the US government offers funding for those survivalists wanting to build a residential safe room. Even if you do not have the time and energy to put into building one, the tips and tactics on making your house more secure will result in you and your family feeling both protected and safe.