Most of us tend to think of
home security as making sure our windows and doors are locked. Locking windows and doors is important for sure, but
there is much more you can do to
thwart break ins.
Under normal conditions, a thief will case a
home to determine how hard or easy it
may be to break in while you
are gone. They look for such
things as open windows and doors, dogs, alarm systems and so forth. With home security, perception of security is all
important. You may not have a dog, but
if there is a sign out front
that says, “Beware of Dog,”
The perception that you do may be all a would be thief needs to go elsewhere. No one wants to risk being chewed up by a guard
dog, regardless of whether the dog is there
or not. The risk outweighs
breaking in under normal
To keep a would be thief
guessing, turn the radio on and turn the volume up when you leave the house. If you will be gone for more than a day,
put timers on your lights so they turn on and off at normal times of day and night. You can put the radio on a
timer as well. If you own a second
vehicle, park it in the driveway (while you are gone) to give the impression you are home.
Again, under normal
circumstances would be thieves are looking for an easy score. The last thing they want is to be caught in the act and be
arrested. So here are more easy ways to make a would be thief think twice about your home being an easy score.
We'll get into the more serious
stuff in our guide book, Making it Through Hard Times.
Before a thief breaks in
through a window, he will first determine how easy the window may be to enter in through. One very simple deterrent is to
plant thorny bushes below your
windows. No thief wants to be hassled or slowed down contending with rose bush
thorns. Also, if you have sliding windows, the
easiest way to keep a thief from opening them is a wooden dowel. Just lay the dowel on the sill between the window and
the window frame (on the inside, of
If you live in the city, your
best bet is to install steel bars across your windows. They may be unsightly, but they will keep people from breaking in
through those windows.
Dead bolt locks are a must
have on exterior doors. They are relatively inexpensive and will often stop a would be thief. Windowless Steel doors
with dead bolt locks are even better. Wooden doors can be broken down. Steel doors cannot.
If you have wooden exterior
doors, consider installing rim locks on them. A rim lock has a vertical bolt that engages a strike plate that is screwed
into both the jam and casing. Rim
locks will stop a thief with a crowbar cold. Otherwise a thief with a crowbar can
break down a regular dead bolted wooden
If you have a window in your
exterior door and there is a dead bolt or chain, make sure the window is high enough that the thief cannot break the
window and reach in to unlock the
door from the inside.
One final thought on doors. It
is important you change the factory issued code on your garage door opener. Thieves know those factory codes and
will use them to break into your
Lighting Indoors And
When it comes to lighting your
home indoors, there are two different philosophies to consider. One train of thought is to keep interior
lighting on. The other is to completely cover all windows so no one can tell if you are home or
Until the SHTF, the first
option is okay minus window coverings. When the SHTF, the time may come when you do not want anyone knowing your
whereabouts. This is when you would
want to black out your windows with heavy blankets. Of course, if you do not
want people to know you are home, you need to
keep the TV and radio volume turned down. Any noise, aside from your dog barking, will alert people that you are
Outside your home keep your
porch light on all night and have motion sensor lighting at other points around the house such as corners. A good idea
is to have flood lights illuminate
two sides at once. Bushes and trees beautify your lawn, but these can also
hide a thief in the dark. So consider this
as you make your home secure.
Lighting precautions are of
course dependent on an available power source. If the power grid fails, security lighting is worthless unless you have
an alternative power source to tap
into. The same applies to electronic security alarms.
In a Home Break-in, You
Have 2 Choices: Either Run or Defend Your
Anyone who knows you are home, and purposes to break into your house is ready to fight.
They are not there to comfort
You need to
strategically place weapons throughout your home for quick access. By weapons I mean guns, pepper spray or long-handled pitchforks. But more, you need
to make the decision ahead of time that you will use them if
it comes to that. The last thing you want is to hesitate with
indecision when confronted. To do so could well mean your life.