A Dozen Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips for the Prepper — 17 Comments

  1. Don’t forget that a can of wasp spray or a can of carburator cleaner is a very effective weapon against an intruder…and it can be handily kept next to the door… It will temporarilly blind the attacker and they will have to go to the hospital to get their eyeballs working again….

    • Judith, I just read your comment and hopefully by now you have changed your mind about wasp spray, It has been proven that it does not effectively stop an attacker in time to prevent the attacker from the assault. It is best to get a good quality pepper spray and leave the wasp spray for what it is intended for.

  2. Being aware of your surroundings at all times; and always, always advertise that you and yours have a keen eye out for the unusual, out of place, and what is out of the ordinary. Thieves and other criminals of opportunity are always seeking the path of lest resistance, so if you consistently demonstrate that you are no easy mark most bad guys will seek someone less vigilant and prepared. Just my two cents.

  3. Some of the summer houses in my quadrant of our county are being broken into. The joke is that if you get ripped off, you can drive down to the Mexican flea market an hour south of here and buy your stuff back at a discount the following Saturday. Even so, I called the Sheriff and asked if he could run a few more patrols out our way. But our Sheriff’s department has been cut by about 70% since 2008, it’s a big county with lots of “possum trails” up into the mountains. The Sheriff told me “you people out there are on your own.” At least he was honest about it, and I see his point. I’ve got a steel gate on the trail up the mountain, motion detectors on the three access routes (two deer trails and the jeep trail”, a pack of dogs, a flock of free range chickens that roost all around the place in the trees and raise hell at night if they are wakened. I have security cameras, low intensity red lights outside. To tell the truth, I’m more concerned about bears than I am people. I had an electric fence around my buildings until the ice storms destroyed it last winter. Haven’t gotten it fixed yet, and don’t know if I will, it’s a massive undertaking.

  4. All very good suggestions; I would add only the following to sensor lights. One, a shotgun, two, one well loaded (personal defense rounds) .38 caliber revolver and speed loaders for each adult resident and three, practice, practice, practice. Why the .38? My personal preference after watching way too many automatic 9 mm and .45 ACP jam at the range. Also, you can “practice” by buying a Lazerlyte practice light that fits in the barrell which shoots a laser beam. We use the LT Pro. Also, by practice, I mean practicing a “plan” for problems that might arise with your partner.

    • I will need to research the Lazerlyte. Not being experienced in firearms, I want to learn as much as I can and, as you say, practice practice practice. Luckily, Survival Husband and I are on the same page.

  5. This are all good tips to remember. I keep having to move my supplies around whenever apartment maintenance comes around. Don’t want anyone knowing too much about what we have. Then there’s keeping the blinds closed at all times. Think like a burglar is great advice – I heard about a nice subdivision getting a rash of burglaries, because thieves were scoping out windows that had the bluish light coming from large flat screen TVs. If the TV was big enough, the light would reach up to the higher windows and those homes got targeted. When I heard about this, I thought, “Who would even think about stuff like that?” Apparently those burglars do.

  6. I live out in the “country”; 4 to 5 acre hobby farms. After having my door kicked in 3 times I invested some time and money…

    Motion sensing Alarm system – the 3rd time an A___W___ kicked my door the alarm went off and the creep left with nothing – O Very Well Worth It.

    Reinforced doors – after the 3rd time I had my door kicked I stripped off the drywayll around the frames of all my exterior doors and lag bolted on 1/4″ x 4″ x 24″ long steel plate to the 2 studs. The bolts on the locks run up behind the steel plates – would take some serious force to open those doors.

    Added wrap around door reinforcment plates to the door so the wood would not split as easily.

    Adding one addtional deadbolt to each door. These are ‘single sided’ deadbolts so there is no keyhole on the outside that can be picked. This is mainly for when I am in the house and I know that nobody will get in by picking one of the locks – I sleep very well indeed. outside-trim-plate-from-the-b-series/p1743512?schlage-b81-single-sided-residential-deadbolt-with-thumbturn-and-outside-trim-plate-from-the-b-series=p1743512

    Added chain link fence to the outside of my driveway gate so it could not be climbed as well as triple stand barbed wire. Keep the driveway gate closed at all times now. The closest a car can get to my house is 100+ yards.

    Am currrently installing survelance cameras.

    Need a doggy…a big doggy..:-)

  7. I’ve been thinking more and more about security. There are so many things we need to do to harden our house against intruders, including getting a dog to protect us and our livestock. Thanks for a great article.

  8. Never will I light the way for any burglar. Here is my story: One night, as my husband and children and I were in bed, almost asleep, two burglars came up to our bedroom window. I had left a pile of bricks under the window earlier that day when I was gardening. Because I had forgotten to turn on the outdoor light, the burglars tripped over the bricks and started cussing. This alerted our Doberman who started barking. The burglars cussed some more and ran off. Never light the way for a burglar. Let them trip over the junk in your yard. Leave your garbage dumpster in front of the front door. Let burglars trip over it. Don’t light their way. A big dog is also a good idea, as you have said.

    • That is an interesting perspective I had not thought of. Basically, create an unlighted collosion and obstable course to your door and/or secluded windows. Thank you so much for sharing this great tip.

  9. Nice list. I was with you until you got to alert the authoritarians you’ll be out of town. I think I’ll pass on that one but well done just the same.

    Please yes, take more concern with your own preps and privacy.

  10. Any firearm that jams is no more than an expensive anchor. Get in the shop, test it when you get it back, and go right back to the shop again. A .357 Magnum revolver is better than a .38 Special as it will fire either the .357 or the .38. Buffalo Bore and Grizzly both make some very powerful ammunition for each. Not bad to have around and a sound investment. A Ruger SuperblackHawk or Ruger Redhawk in .44 Mag with a 2 1/2″ barrel puts you into handgun hunting territory. The two manufacturers listed above make some ammo for these that is truly hot. Mind the warnings about what brand or model can and cannot be used! They are there so you don’t make unwanted little pieces out your revolver and your hand(s)!!

  11. I think you need to do more research before making random comments. I am refering to the expensive monitored alarm systems comment. I have been in the security business for 33 years and you can get an alarm system and have it monitored for as little as $29.00 per month. Ask yourself how much you pay for your cell phone and then compare that to the cost for your families safety and security… It has aslo been proven thru interviews with criminals that have a record of breaking and entering that yard signs deter them. They say if they see a yard sign indicating the presence of an alarm system they will go to a neighbors home.

  12. Am in he UK, a country with is significantly denser that the US. Am considereing a scenario when all threads of society break down. The population will become desperate very quickly, the UK is an island which has a cold wet winter. There would be a period of total chaos, where people so desperate will loot every where for food / water. people will become cold wet and starve quickly. At some point the population will have fallen to the levels, where survival will not be an issue conflict, but co-operation. The Gun ownership in the Uk is relatively low, but I imagine Ammo will become depleated quickly. I feel a psychological approach would also be needed. If the inmormation grid breaks dow, people will be fuking disorientated. So disinformation may be a useful strategy to ride out the storm, pre-paired warning , spray paint and, do not cross lines and redirection to areas of safetly / field vaccination centre ,would be something to consider. I’m suggesting a flalse flag for an airbourne pathogen which would an additional strategy. I’m aware of how savage people can become, I remember some of the mob violence in the 1980’s involving the IRA, I would not consider using a car, Hudling downing an area with a samll break away group might be easier if people considered that area was where infected bodies were being incinerated. Some fake medications / contamination suits and short tem medications (placebo’s) could be a bargaining tool, if desperate thug and new goal to go be misdirected towards. Activing as an official operative bit, could give you some negotiating power

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