Securing the Perimeter of Your Property

One of preppers’ (or any homeowner’s) greatest fears is an intruder breaking into their home, whether it’s while we’re comfortable in our own bed or away at work or on vacation. Securing the home perimeter is essential to keeping your home and family safe. If s***t hits the fan, you better hope your home defense system features several well thought out lines of defense.

There are many ways that the home can be secured, ranging from small changes in your daily life to high-tech security systems and cameras. Whether you live in a rural area or in the middle of NYC, protecting your home is a priority. Choosing a safe location is a great way to secure your home, from there, there are many things you can do to make sure your home is intruder-proof.

First Line of Defense:

  • Fences, Gates, Bushes
    • Define and defend the boundary of your property. While man-made fences and gates are a great way to keep people out, they may signal to intruders that you have something they want. Bushes and shrubs offer boundary definition that also serves to block an intruder’s view of what you might have that they want, while adding aesthetics to your landscape as well! While bushes and shrubs add a barrier, they can also serve as a hiding place for intruders, so make sure you keep them neat and trimmed, forcing any intruder into an open area on your property that can be seen from the home.
    • Thorny plants such as holly or roses near entrances into the home also add a deterrent. Keeping these near ground-floor windows adds an extra thorn in any intruder’s side.
  • Dogs
    • Dog, a man’s best friend, is a great guard! While his barking may be annoying to you at times, he sure is loyal to you and your home. Any intruder would be afraid of climbing over a fence of a guarded property. If you are really serious about keeping your home secure, get both an indoor and an outdoor dog. Put interconnected bells on the strategic points of the fence around your property so if an intruder tries to climb over, he will set off your makeshift alarm, which will surely wake up your dog.
  • Lights
    • I can’t stress enough how important lights are! Don’t be stingy when “shedding light” on possible intruders. Make sure you get motion sensor lights for strategic areas around your home, shed and garage. When you’re not home, keep a light on outside and look into timed lights for the inside to create an illusion that someone is home.
    • Use large house numbers and place them where they are easily seen if the cops, ambulance, or firefighters have to come. This could be on the home, high enough to see from the road and with a light shining on them at night. If you live in a rural area, far off of the road, make sure your house numbers are large on your mailbox, tree, or post on the road and be sure that they’re reflective or have a light shining on them.
  • Neighbors
    • Get to know them. They may or may not be a resource for keeping an eye on your house. Keep in mind that they may also be a threat. This is where the “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” proverb comes into play.

High-Tech Defense:

  • Security Systems
    • There are plenty of companies to choose from: ADT, Honeywell, LifeShield. If you live in an urban area, the alarm is more likely to bring the authorities to your home in time to catch the intruders. Even in a rural area, the alarm itself could deter an intruder and the authorities could catch them at their next target. Do keep in mind that these systems require batteries and cables to work, as well as personnel that monitor your security system. If they don’t show up at work due to a disaster – you are on your own.
  • Cameras
    • A camera system is something that you can spend a lot of money on, or you could do it cheaply by rigging it yourself. Make sure they can see the entirety of your property: around the house, along the driveway (maybe you have to put them in the trees or make-shift shelves). A camera system could also help keeping the kids in line—try sneaking out now! You can set up live feed on a secured web address and be able to check what each camera sees from your phone, tablet, computer or directly on a screen in your command center (safe room is a great place to have a screen that runs on a generator).

Did you come up with a creative DIY security rig or alarm idea? Send it to us so we can share it with fellow preppers.

To your survival,
Richard Marshall