Do you think your home is secure from buglers, looters, and thieves when away from home or during a crisis? For preppers, home defense tactics remain a big concern even when there is no crisis. If your home is not secure enough from buglers, how can it be safe from looters and desperate mobs? That is the big question you need to ask yourself as a prepper.
Reports from the FBI’s annual crime report showed that there were a total of 2.1 billion burglaries cases in the United States alone in the year 2012. More surprising is the fact that most of these crimes took place in residential homes. Are you one of the 2.1 billion people affected? It is unimaginable for preppers to be robbed from their homes at broad daylight simply because their homes are not secure enough. Then what are you prepping for if you cannot protect your supplies? The bulletproof home security System is one of the best educational pieces to secure your home and make it bulletproof from all sorts of attacks.
Safe home security DIY tips
You can protect yourself and your loved ones with these inexpensive DIY tips today. You don’t need an expensive home security system to be secure. Preppers are creative people, and you can be one today. Securing your home from all manner of people should be your top project this year.
1. Secure the doors
Did you know that over 33% of home break-ins occur through the doors? You need to perform an inspection of your entire doors and not just the front door. The doors must be made of strong frames and have protected hinges. Most people make the front door the focal point of their homes, but security should not be sacrificed for the sake of beauty.
Install a deadbolt and a peephole to make the door more secure. A peephole lets you see the person outside before opening the door. However, most doors don’t come with such holes so be prepared to install one. Make sure you install the right type of peephole that lets you see the person outside more clearly.
2. Ensure the windows are locked
The last thing you want to rely upon are the latches that manufacture place on windows. In most cases, these latches are flimsy and break the window open with just a little force. Replace the latches with locks to beef up the security of your home. A tempered glass might also be added for an even firmer hold. You can further beef up the security of your windows and doors with an inexpensive security alarm. Wireless window alarms that are activated when the window opens are great ideas.
3. Landscape your home in a defensive manner
Keeping the vegetation in your outdoor space well-trimmed is one of the best ways to make your home unappealing to intruders, buglers, and thieves. Tall grasses and trees near your home provide buglers and looters with the best hiding place before they can strike. Pruning trees and shrubs are one of the best ways to make your home secure, and results are immediate. Strategically cut down overgrown trees and hedges in your home to deter any person with an evil mind of coming to your home.
4. Stash your trash carefully
I know this one doesn’t make a lot of sense but trust me how you stash your trash can attract buglers to your home. Packaging and boxes in front of your gate will tell buglers the newest expensive addition to your home. Have you just purchase a new flat screen TV and stashed the package outside? Well, you’re simply telling buglers what to expect in your home. This is simply a call out to the buglers to break into your home. Make sure you break all packages and seal them inside garbage bags.
5. Have a secret passage to your safe room
If you have a safe room in your home, then you need to have a secret passage in the most unexpected place. A secret passage is sneaky DIY hack you can do to keep yourself and your family safe in case of an attack. There is no specific place to set your passage, and that is why we are calling it a secret.
Tip: Some of the best secret passages are in open places where nobody can imagine. You can have it right in the middle of your Kitchen Island where nobody will ever dare look.
6. Keep note of your paper trail
Are you planning a trip that will keep you away from home for days? Well, you might not have told anybody you’re leaving, but a pile of newspapers and mail at your door will tell people you’re away from home. I know you hadn’t thought of that but trust me intruders are clever people and can tell when you’re at home or not. Stop your newspaper delivery when away from home. You can also ask your TRUSTED neighbor to collect your mails, newspapers and keep an eye on your home. If not, hold any deliveries until you’re back.
7. Know your neighbors
Your neighbors are the best form of protection for your home and entire family whether there is a crisis or not. There is always safety in numbers when neighbors come together to build a sense of community. Neighbors know the area quite well and can help keep some surveillance for you when you’re away. Even a home security system warning you of an intruder, it is likely that the police will arrive late than your neighbors. A good relationship with your neighbors does not mean an invasion of privacy. Make sure you recognize your neighbors by face, the cars they drive and a rough schedule of their day. This way, you can easily notify each other in case you see something fishy.
Creating a sense of community with your neighbors is quite crucial especially when prepping. You can gang up as preppers in the neighborhood and protect your supplies and family from looters and angry mobs.
8. Add interior timers
This is a very simple hack but one that is quite effective when you’re away from home. Intruders will target homes where there are no people. In most cases, they don’t like a confrontation with somebody unless it is a targeted attack. Make your home to appear occupied and busy most of the time. Get interior timers and connect them to TVs, radios, and lights. Setting your TV to be on at specific times of the day or lights will confuse intruders of the presence of people in your home. Periodical activation of timers throughout the day will give a sense if persons in your home and put off any likely attack on your home.
9. Add Motion sensitive lighting
One of the biggest deterrents of buglers and intruders during the night is the presence of light. Most intruders are likely to attack in the cover of darkness which is the best way to remain hidden. Motion sensitive exterior lights can surprise intruders at the slightest movement and alert the entire neighborhood. You can be sure they will not attempt there attack once the lights come on surprisingly.
10. Don’t display your home security system with a sticker outside
While most people think to place a display of ‘Protected by ABC’ where ABC is the brand of the security company looks safe, it can give easy access to buglers. Once they learn of the security system in your home, they are more likely going to know how to disable it before they come in.
11. Keep the yard free of ladders, toys, and tools
A ladder provides a bugler with an easy way to the first-floor window of your home which in most cases people tend to leave open. Ladders have been known to be used by an intruder to climb walls and gain access to homes. Make sure you keep your ladder in a secure place where it cannot be accessed with ease.
Toys and tools are also a big signal that the house is full of the expensive game console, laptops, tablets and much more entertainment gadgets. You will just be inviting buglers to your home with such a display.
12. Installing large and reflective numbers on your mailboxes and doors
The aim here is to make your house a lot easier to identify by the police. Most burglary cases happen when you’re away from home. Even if you’re notified early enough, police might not reach there in time. In most cases, they will get lost trying to locate your home. A home that is hard to identify is a good spot for buglers as it would buy them time in case police are alerted.
Securing your home does not mean making it less attractive than the homes of your neighbors. It simply means making it less attractive to burglars, intruders, and looters. Make sure you’re not the lowest hanging fruit in the entire neighborhood that every passerby is tempted to grab. Take necessary steps today and secure your home in the best way possible deterring any thoughts of attack in your home.