Home security is an important part of being prepared, but many of us cannot afford expensive security systems or have space to accommodate a large dog or two. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to make your home and property safer and most cost very little money.
One of the first things I did as a beginning prepper was do a complete, 360 degree scan of our home and property. I tend to be pretty methodical, so it made sense to begin at one corner of our property, walk around the perimeter, and make notes of ways we could “harden” our home. I kept the Castle Concept in mind: think about how the security features of a castle might apply to your home. Higher walls/fences around the backyard? Possibly. A moat with alligators? Probably not.
So, my security survey went something like this. First, I started at the west corner of our property and contemplated the side gate that opens into our back yard. I thought, “What could we do to make this more secure?” My short list of solutions included replacing the gate with something sturdier with more mass, along with a heavy duty lock. I also thought of making sure no smaller objects are placed against the gate that might provide a step-stool for an intruder.
Once past the side gate, I scanned the side yard. What could be done to “harden” the windows? How could we make our backyard look less inviting? Perhaps planting a few cactus against the side fence would be a good idea. What could we do to discourage someone from hopping over our back wall? I continued with my security scan all the way around the backyard and then did the same type of survey with the house itself, going from room to room.
Police departments offer free information for citizens who want to make their homes or apartments more secure. Be methodical, make lists, and set priorities. With a 360 degree scan, you”ll soon know exactly how to make your home as secure as it can be.
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