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There's always a financial reality, a living with the solution day to day reality, and a the cure is worse than the disease reality to be balanced.  If you build enough of a fortress, you're trapped and unless your home is nothing but concrete, inside and out, one careless candle can kill you.  The same theory as tracers work both ways, many security solutions work both ways.  Steel shutters and/or bars on windows both protect belongings and kill people in much of the third world.  Single points of egress add security unless there's a fire by the one way in/one way out.  Jack even gets under my skin when he says how valuable it is to have one road into his property in Arkansas for access control.  That's fine until there's a wildland fire coming from that direction and you have no other way to escape.  Which is more likely, zombie hordes that you have to stop or a fire inside or outside the home?  How come two is one, one is none with everything except points of access/egress?

Where do you draw the line between fantasy and reality? The reality is that come what may, most of us will never be in a SHTF situation like the L.A. riots. Most of us do not live in L.A. or places where those events are likely. If TEOTWAWKI comes, it will come "not with a bang but a whimper."

Yes, we should secure our homes. But we can do this cost-effectively. Heavy duty doors and frames, ballistic film over the windows, high security locks, landscaping, fencing, etc. You end up with a secure house that is camouflaged to look like any other house in the area.

Then take the rest of the money that you saved by NOT turning your house into the gold depository at Ft. Knox, and buy stuff with it - a wood stove with a water heater, a backup hand pump for your well, water filtration systems - stuff that in the unlikely event of TEOetc. you can actually use.

Last night, we had a severe windstorms in areas all around us. There was a possible tornado in New York City. Back in 1954, a tornado went through Cleveland, leveling several blocks. This is the kind of stuff we should be worried about, not mutant zombie bikini biker bimbos launching a battalion sized brouhaha against our bucolic bug out location.

It's not just you, Ditch, I've seen several threads along the same line. Its as if Step 1 of securing anything has been overlooked: Determining the ACTUAL PROBABLE THREAT. Sure, mutant zombies are possible, but then so is having your house being the centerpoint of a CEP circle for a nuclear strike.

Times are tough, and they're going to get tougher. We are going to have less and less expendable income for preps, so we have to be cautious and selective on what we spend money for. Landmines and lawsuits are not the way to spend money.


I  have done a few things for my house just based on friends places getting burglarized and for earthquake preparedness as we have the threat of a big one here in Seattle. My house has way too many windows, but luckily for me I only have 4 different sizes. I did this about 4 years ago, well before TSP...

I bought 8 sheets of 1/2" plywood and precut 5 of them for making covers for my windows, I drilled holes along the edge for securing to my house, with nails or screws. I left 3 of the sheets for extra and I have a Dewalt cordless circular saw, which I highly recommend to everyone to have along with other cordless items.

I keep all these items in my detached garage, along with enough nails, screws and other stuff to build a whole house. I also keep a few rolls of plastic sheeting available, along with roofing tar.

I had a basic wooden door that went into my basement, when I got a new steel door I kicked in the old one... it took literally no effort to break it even a 10 year old could it. I picked up a commercial security door, with steel frame for around $400... expensive but well worth it. My basement is concrete walls, so I secured the frame with 3/8 lag bolts all through out the frame. I've tried kicking on it to just see how it would hold up, it's solid!

I like to keep everything aesthetically pleasing as possible, so it doesn't stand out... But adding a dog recently was a happy edition to the family and security measures.

BTW, if I had a garage attached to my house I would put a high security door in my house that goes into the garage... it's very easy to get into garages and then through the flimsy or not locked door to the house.

 When I worked at the gun shop, we had these on the doors and windows. A local company installs them on both retail and residential building/homes. They're expensive, but well worth it in a bad situation.


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