Your home security and defense tactics should have a mix of observable deterrents but also utilize passive methods to deny and detect intrusion attempts. Protect your homestead. The first goal is to deter, I’d say our only goal should be to deny but aside from a federal nuclear fallout shelter, that’s not really possible. Delaying long enough, so that help can arrive is a form of denial.
Deter – make your homestead look secure, make it look like a risk, make the reward seem minimal.
Detect – become aware when someone enters your home perimeter.
Delay – increase the difficulty and time it takes to access your property.
Deny – stop any possible entry indefinitely.
Here are some aspects to consider IOT accomplish the 4 D’s, (deter, detect, delay, deny).
A gray aspect of home security involves the idea of making your home not look like a place with supplies, valuables, or of particular interest. This means not posting political signage/flags. If you have a lot to secure (prepping supplies, ammo, or simply your family), then use all the tools at your disposal to defend your home, but don’t make it look like a fortress or you’ll end up attracting threats.
IMPLEMENTING THE 4 D’s
- Landscaping Tactics to improve natural surveillance and line of sight to abnormal activity. (If your neighbors can’t see a trespasser because of observing foliage, it’s time to trim the bushes)
- Access Controls for limiting pathways into property. (Define the acceptable access path to the front door so that any other path looks suspicious and raises an alarm).
- Perimeter Implements to deter the desire, ability, and opportunity of marauders or criminal behavior that could lead to a home invasion or burglary. (An alarm sign in the front yard, a dog in a fenced yard, and motion lights on the side all make a suspect want to pass on your house).
- Early Alert Systems for advanced warning of unwanted visitors. (Motion alarms, doorbell cams, driveway sensors).
- Entry Security implements for doors and windows. (Make sure you have at least 2 locking mechanisms on a solid core door, add protective film to windows).
- SHTF Defenses and Traps to detect and/or negate intrusion attempts. (Trip wire alarms, electric fencing, hazards).
- Lighting, barricades, alarms, signage, and wayfinding using Environmental Design principles.
- Integration of resources such as Neighborhood Watch, Dog Walking Clubs, Law Enforcement Patrol and Property Checks, and N/CERT (Neighborhood/Community Emergency Response Team.
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2 LAST TIPS
Secure your home and vehicle with basic defensive procedures.
- Replace the screws of your entry door’s strike plate (where the dead bolt rests in the locked position) with 3″ screws. Add a second dead bolt 1 foot below the primary lock. Install solar motion lights on all sides of the house to trigger when some approaches. Place alarms signage near the street and house (even if you don’t have an alarm).
- Hide valuables (and garage door opener) left inside your vehicle by stowing away in locked compartments (trunk, center console). Keep windows up (or no lower than 3 inches) when in traffic or stopped. In parking lots, park in open space far from the building entrance (unless you can park with 25ft
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