Looking for home security tips? We are all living in an uncertain time where people with dangerous intentions are constantly plotting schemes. Hustlers, con-artist, and thieves are lurking in every street corner and dark alleys. We can never be too sure when they will strike and execute their repulsive plan. So with that being said, here are 4 straightforward ways to fortify your home security. Scroll down to find out more about it.
Fortify Your Home Security With These Easy Steps
Our houses are one of the main targets of loathsome scoundrels. Burglary, according to FBI reports, happens every 15 seconds and more than 90% of the time the house is empty. More and more people are getting burglarized and a whopping 73% of those robberies happen in residential properties. But with the right security measures, even an earnest thief will loose interest in breaking-in. There are simple ways to reinforce your home and discourage those home breakers and beat opportunist especially when SHTF. The tips below were originally written by Bryan Wilde and republished here with permission. Read on and learn these tips for a more secure household.
Don’t Show Off
Just about anything you have acquired for post-catastrophic survival makes you a target for attack. Machinery, vehicles, tools, even your garden make you more susceptible to a possible assault. Try to keep your possessions hidden from plain view whenever possible. Fences work but make it pretty obvious that you are attempting to hide something. Instead, consider using natural ways to obscure your possessions. Trees, shrubs and other foliage block the view of people passing through without making it seem too obvious that something is being hidden.
Make sure that windows in your home do not divulge what may be inside either. If your family is sitting at the table eating a home cooked meal and someone can see this event from the window there is a good chance they will try to join you; invited or not. Take a look at your home from the street to get a better understanding of this vantage point. You are better able to make changes after seeing for yourself what angry mobs of people will see as they pass your property.
As a general rule, home invasions tend to be a crime of opportunity. An open window or unlocked door serves as an invitation for criminals. A home that looks secure is less likely to be attacked by people looking for an easy score. More often than not, these people will move on in search of an easier target elsewhere.
Secure the Yard
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a technique that relies on landscaping to make your property, and ultimately your home, less likely to be targeted for attack. Trees and shrubs can serve another purpose in addition to obscuring the view of your property. By carefully landscaping your property, they also make it difficult for intruders to gain casual access. In fact, shrubs can be used to create natural funnels that force potential threats to move into defined areas. These areas should be easily viewable from your home so you have time to make preparations for an attack.
CPTED has another aspect known as Natural Access Control. This refers to the use of holly bushes or other thorny foliage near potential access points. It becomes very difficult (and painful) for an attacker to climb through these obstacles and into your window. It may thwart the attack completely. At the very least, it weakens the attacker making your counter-assault more effective.
Secure the Doors
Sometimes all the landscaping and other perimeter defenses in the world are not enough to stop a determined attacker. Fortifying all the entry points into your home can keep attackers at bay long enough for you to plan your next move. Doors are the first point of entry that any thief looks for. The front door should be a reinforced security door. Although intricate glass paneling makes your home look inviting now, those glass panels can become weak points in your structure during an attack. There are thousands of security doors available that compliment the design of nearly any home without sacrificing protection. Installing a security screen door adds an additional layer of protection. The security door can be broken into but it makes access more difficult.
Pay special attention to the back door of your home. As many as half of all home invasion attempts originate from the back door because it typically provides additional cover for the intruder and the doors tend to be much weaker than front doors. A plain wood or hollow-core fiberglass door is very common in the back of a home and both of these can be destroyed relatively quickly. Consider replacing your current back door with a more robust model similar in construction to your front door.
Be sure to use deadbolts on every exterior door in addition to the handle locking mechanism. Each deadbolt should be a Class 2 (rated the best for residential use) and the throw bolt should be at least one inch in length. Inferior deadbolts are far too easy to bypass with simple tools.
Even if the door is robust, there is another weak spot that should be considered. The door frame itself can often be unseated or broken with a swift kick or a battering ram. Most door frames are simply tacked into place using small finishing nails during home construction. Installing three-inch screws into the door frame every few inches is an easy way to increase the security of these entrance points. Flimsy striker plates are another weakness inherent to most doorways. Replace striker plates with high-quality metal and use three-inch screws to secure these into the door frame.
Sliding glass doors are easy to break. Consider boarding them up with plywood to make access more difficult. The locking mechanisms on these doors are also notoriously easy to break. Place a wooden dowel into the track behind the sliding door to prevent opening if the lock is compromised.
Secure the Windows
Windows are the second access point that requires your attention. Even locked windows can easily be popped open if there is a gap big enough to force a crowbar or screwdriver into. Adding stoppers to window frames makes access more difficult. The stopper is simply a metal pin or nail installed in the window frame. This prevents the window from opening more than a few inches even if the lock is compromised. Since these pins are not easily viewable from outside, the attacker will waste valuable time trying to force the window open. This time it can be used by you to prepare a defensive stand or retreat if necessary.
Board up any windows that are not absolutely necessary to survival. Windows that allow in sunlight can help with passive solar heating techniques but other windows are not needed and create unnecessary access points during an attack. Securely boarding up these windows forces intruders to look for alternative entrances and increases the chances that they will give up and look for an easier target down the road.
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If you live in a populated area you are much more likely to be attacked. Especially in the days immediately following the apocalypse, high-population areas are expected to fall victim to extreme violence and riots. Although these techniques can help ward off an attack, determined individuals will find a way in. Consider retreating to a bug out location in a remote area. Attacks are much less likely in these areas and your chances of launching a successful counterattack are much better.
Taking steps to secure your home now is helpful after a catastrophe but can also thwart home invasions now. In the United States, a home is broken into approximately every 11 seconds. To put that into perspective, by the time you’ve gotten to this point in the article over 30 home will have been invaded. Fortifying your home and property now ensures that you are less likely to become a statistic later and will make your home a much more defensible structure in a crisis. These are just a few tips and tricks but there are so many more things you can do to make sure that your home is “off the market” to would-be invaders. Penny for your thoughts? Tell us what you think about these tips by dropping your two cents in the comments below.
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We also use door knob bars to secure the doors at the back of the house. They have the option of barking like a dog or sounding like a siren. Both of which then wake up us, our dogs and the neighbors.
Nice post, but i have a problem with one part of CPTED. “It becomes very difficult (and painful) for an attacker to climb through these obstacles and into your window”
Having a teenage daughter i thought of these to keep stray boys out,until my wife pointed out that in an emergency that limits our number of exits out.
My father worked for a lock manufacturer and I remember him saying that the compromise of “safety vs security” has existed since man started living indoors. Having a fortress for a home is great until a fire dictates quick egress.
I recommend a 12″ wide piece of 1/2″ plywood behind a dresser near the window.
In the case of an emergency, you can open or break the window out to be able to jump over the thorny bushes. They are barely a problem going out, but they sure are for someone on the ground who would have to go through them and try to climb up into the window.
As to the sliding doors. I was shown how to get them open even when there is a dowel in the slider part. At that time I learned to make a hole in the top corner to the depth of going through the inside slider door and into but not through the outside one. Then you put a spike nail in, this can be done in several places for ease of ventilation but is much more effective at preventing a breakin. My source? A thief 😉
For our back sliding door we drilled 4 screws just above the glass through the frame to keep someone from lifting the door up and pulling it out. We want to put some type of wire film or something on the glass to keep it from breaking but haven’t found the appropriate film to fit our budget (yea, I know safety has no budget…but you don’t live in our shoes). Indoor dogs help a lot, too.
Do a search on security window films. They come in various security levels and can prevent the glass from breaking very effectively. They come clear or smoked for a little extra privacy. ULine and 3m are the ones that come to mind.
Great info. thanks also how about a sign that says “Nothing to steal here… we’ve already been robbed by the Govt.”
A simple sign; Nothing on this property is worth your life.
A very affordable deterrent to door entry is a power wedge. They are only $14.I have them on all exterior doors of the house. Very easy to install and can buy valuable minutes even under the most determined attack. PowerWedge.net. I have nothing to gain from promoting it except a little more peace of mind for this community.
All of the ideas on this page are great to ensure safety in your home. I get the idea that it is best not to be noticed. That is the first line of defense. But what happens if an intruder gets in? What happens if your kids are home alone and something terrible happens? The last line of defense needs to be a place that they can go to be out of harms way. I find that the best last line of defense is a safe room or a underground bunker. There is a company out there that is paving the way in the industry for making safe rooms. They work totally in house from design to delivery (so there is no need to worry about local contractors knowing of your safe place). They’re also the best safe room company when factoring in quality, durability and affordability. They can be found here http://www.risingsbunkers.com/saferooms/ .