Prepping House Security
If you are a Prepper and your main strategy is to Bug In, then you’re going to want to start thinking about best home security.
After a major incident, the people who you would call neighbours and the people in your community will get desperate.
Looting and civil unrest is likely after the local supermarkets have been stripped bare.
Family’s and friend will become packs looking to get food and water from any source possible.
I was told this once and it has stuck with me ever since:
“Imagine you live next door to Jeff. Jeff is the best kind of neighbour who over the years has become a friend. You know you can call on him and he knows he can call on you.
Now imagine social collapse which has lasted four weeks.
Jeff’s three year old girl is about to die due to starvation. Jeff can either let his little girl die or he can kill you and take your supplies to keep his little girl alive. What would Jeff do?”
In that situation we will all be asked that question and it is one you should ask yourself now.
Remember the emergency services are likely to be overstretched and unresponsive so you will want to start looking at how you can secure your home and family.
Could you Break In?
Go outside your home and put yourself in the shoes of a burglar.
Doing this should immediately start to get you in the right frame of mind to improve your DIY home security.
Remember in disaster scenarios the local police won’t be turning up any time soon and the people wanting to get in know this and are desperate.
A tactic of home breakers is to lie in wait for you to come along with a key.
It’s the easiest way to get in to a home so make it difficult for them by improving your prepping house security.
Make sure there are no places they could be lurking close to the door like bushes or bins.
It would be worth moving these away from your front door.
Darkness is another place to hide so having movement activated lights installed should deter some and warn you of the other intruders.
Move any garden furniture, stools or ladders.
Empty any out buildings or garages of hammers, crow bars or sledge hammers.
These will certainly help people to get into your home.
They may already have something to hand but you don’t want to make it any easier for them.
Early Warning Alarm Systems
We are going to assume that the power is down so we can not rely on alarm systems for home defence which are powered by the grid.
There are battery operated trip wires and alarms available on the market that you may want to look into.
I would recommend having at least four of this type to hand as they are loud and will alert you and the intruder.
Clever positioning may allow them to trip and to still be out of reach.
You will need to test rig these a couple of times before you need them.
If you are looking to position one outdoors then a clever trick is to use branches.
You can pile branches up and then attach one of these to a heavier higher branch.
The intruder is either going to carefully remove the branches and trip it or have to climb over the piled branches and trip it.
Of course you can make versions of these using rocks in cans that rattle but you can be sure the intruder will hear it easier than you and will stop moving as soon as it trips.
Another low tech solution is to hang wind chimes behind the doors in your home.
That is one easy way to hear people coming in and improve home security.
Securing Doors and Windows
Single glazed, double glazed windows and patio doors are the easiest point of entry to most homes.
If money is not an issue then you could re-glaze with security glass that would take a pounding from a sledge hammer or even stop a bullet.
In parts of the UK, bars on windows and doors are also common place home security measures seen on houses as well as shops.
This may be a suitable alternative to consider.
The first thing I would suggest that you could do straight away is get some window security film.
It will raise your overall glass to a higher safety standard which will also protect you from shattering glass due to extreme weather.
A further semi-permanent solution is to have boards cut to size and stored in your home.
Be sure holes are pre-drilled and you have long thick screws to hold the boards in place.
You may want to drill a peep hole into these too to allow you to watch whats happening out side your home.
Doors are the next point of entry to secure.
What kind of external doors do you have?
Solid wooden doors are the best type to have second only to those with a metal core.
Doors with windows cause extra complication as they allow easy access to your the latches and locks inside.
Let’s take a look at how your door is attached to the frame.
Typically doors are held on using two hinges and a Yale type lock.
The hinges that you already have will not have the best screws in place.
Remove the screws holding them in place one by one and replace them with 60mm long wood screws.
You will also want to fit dead bolts across the top and bottom of your door.
In an emergency situation you should think about barricading some doors with thick planks of wood drilling directly into the door frame.
I would recommend two exit points are free from permanent barricades in the interest of safety.