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Ideas for securing the house in a bug-in situation

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On my walks through the neighborhood, I've been thinking about security a lot. I've been trying to look at neighbors' homes and see how mine stands out as a target in comparison. I've noticed quite a lot of security measures people have taken as well as things that make them targets. I've really come to believe that the best security you can have is to make your home into the one that the bad guy just passes by on the way to the better or easier target. While it might be a fun exercise to think about installing landmines / traps / whatever, it isn't realistic.
For most houses no matter what you do to fortify it against attack you are going to be vulnerable to fire. That being said, I think it makes more sense to protect yourself from intruders than it does to try to stop an invading army.
So - back to what I've noticed on my walks. I guess a list of good security measures vs. a list of bad things will work.
(In no particular order)
Security systems
Intelligent landscaping (no bushes to hide in etc)
Good exterior lighting

Doors and windows left open
Garages left open (with things of value in plain view - tools, sporting equipment)
Houses that look like no one is around (uncut grass, no lights on, mail or newspapers piled up)
I just saw this one yesterday - a snowmobile on a trailer with no lock or anything - they might as well have put a sign that said "take me" on it.

Something else I noticed that may be an issue if the SHTF - it is somewhat obvious that some people have some preps. I don't know this for sure as these people aren't really close neighbors - just houses I've walked past, but I think I can pick out who is at least something of a prepper just by what their house looks like. It would probably be a good idea not to advertise that you have a bunch of preps if you can help it. Here's what I've seen that says prepper to me: big woodpiles, rain barrels, gardens, older 4 wheel drive vehicles, etc. Obviously you can have this stuff and not be a prepper, but it is at least an indication.

To sum all that up, here's what I would recommend for securing your house:
1) Keep it nondescript - don't advertise your good stuff.
2) Follow good procedures regarding keeping things closed and locked.
3) Dogs and alarms can't hurt, but don't rely solely on them.
4) Get some good locks and use them.
5) Keep things well lit at night

I've had my car broken into a few times and it was always because I forgot about number 1. I had a stereo (when I was younger) or tools (more recently) that were in plain view. If those things weren't visible I firmly believe I would have been left alone. The same thing applies to your house pre or post SHTF.
You should blend in to the other houses around you in terms of what you have, but stand out from them in terms of how difficult it would be to get inside. No one wants to go through a bunch of trouble for no reward.


--- Quote from: daved on September 26, 2010, 11:50:59 AM ---
To sum all that up, here's what I would recommend for securing your house:
1) Keep it nondescript - don't advertise your good stuff.
2) Follow good procedures regarding keeping things closed and locked.
3) Dogs and alarms can't hurt, but don't rely solely on them.
4) Get some good locks and use them.
5) Keep things well lit at night

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Some excellent points.  After watching several episodes of It Takes A Thief on Discovery, it became clear that internal security was another layer of protection people miss out on.  Good safes and locking filing cabinets that are bolted down and locked are valuable tools to protect your most prized possessions.  I have two, one main gun safe and a smaller one for jewelry and handguns when we're not around the house.  I still need to get a locking fire-resistant filing cabinet to allow me both easy access and secure storage of important documents.  While they still might take the DVD player and TV, they're not getting the good stuff without having their work cut out for them.  The goal is delay, delay, delay while the dogs are barking, the alarm is wailing and the neighbors are peeping out their windows dialing 911.


--- Quote from: soupbone on September 17, 2010, 05:32:00 AM ---
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.


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Rationalizing our future, none of us can really determine what each home needs to be completely defensive without going overboard.  I too realize the fact that I can build the best bunker, but will at some point have to step out.  My current home can be taken with a butter knife through the siding.  Its scary because signs of the MS13 gangs are becoming more and more prominent, and I live in God's country.  Defending the common foe may be easier.  We too had wicked storms recently, and we are totally prepped for this type of problem.  Its the other issues, such as a recent threat to my person that made me post my land with No Trespassing signs on the borders.  Times they are a changing and so is my age.  Women are especially easier to victimize, so I feel it more necessary to prepare my home and future on a simple income.

I read somewhere, and have not read all of the replies so I hope I am not reposting a responses, a suggestion to put some tarps on the roof board up the windows and apply some black spray paint to the outside of the house when boarding it up.  This makes the house look there was a fire.  Nothing good left after a fire right.  You could also spray paint the door and lower walls with "labels" making it look like the house is pre stripped.  Things like "thanks for taking the copper". 

If you do these things you would need to blackout any unsealed windows and enter and leave form the back a quietly as possible.  The chimney throwing smoke, heat or hot water would be a sign of the ruse as well.

I have a slopeing piece of property, the lowest window to get into ,I bought a piece of Cast Iron porch Railing from Lowes   mounted it in that spare Bedroom window framing. works for me- & I am alone- so all that room has is (stuff). no valuables in site. October thru April smoke coming from my Chimney more than likely. don't attempt to break in- I hate cleaning up messes. & I really don't want to waste tomato Juice to cover the blood splatters.


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