Your home is your shelter and that is why is it so important to secure your home from intruders.
After all, when one thinks of what a shelter is, a safe and secure place comes to mind.
If there is a storm raging outside, we take cover at home.
If there is a hurricane approaching, we may hole up inside our house and try to ride it out.
Whatever the case may be, your home is supposed to be a safe place.
Secure Your Home From Intruders Before You Need To
While it is true that intruders might break into your home for any number of reasons, a crisis situation is an ideal time for criminals to strike.
Law enforcement will be have their hands full dealing with a large number of emergencies and criminals will take advantage of this.
Whenever law enforcement is short-handed, criminals see an opportune time to rob or even harm people.
It is up to you to secure your home and make it extremely difficult to break into.
Types Of Crisis Situations That Make Securing Your Home Necessary
There are many different types of crises.
Not every crisis is due to a natural disaster.
Terrorist attacks, heat waves, riots, pandemics, air pollution, blackouts and other threats while not as devastating as tornadoes are crisis situations where crime can thrive.
In fact, criminals will be more brazen during these times, especially if they believe there is no risk of them being blown away by strong winds, getting struck by lightning or getting caught.
How To Secure Your Home From Intruders
Just implementing these tips will help secure your home from intruders.
- Keep all doors locked.
- Have window bars installed so that intruders cannot get in.
- You might wish to install burglarproof windows with unbreakable glass.
- If you have a ladder outside your house, store it in the garage or use brackets and a lock to secure it to the wall.
- Do not hide a spare key under your welcome mat or flower pot . This is the first place intruders look.
- If you have a dog flap in your door, board it up with a plank of wood and nails or screws. Better yet, remove it and put a new steel door on your home.
- When you are not at home at night, always leave a lamp on in one or two rooms. Use a timer to turn it on and off. This will make potential intruders think that there are people at home.
- Try not to have a lot of plants or shrubs around your home. This provides cover for criminals. There could always be someone hiding close-by waiting for you to return home so that they can force their way into your house when you open the door to enter.
- If you are all alone at home and you see people around outside that don’t belong there or are acting suspicious, immediately check to see if all doors and windows are locked. Turn on the TV as loud as you can. This will draw attention from the neighbors and thieves will not want to be near such a noisy house.
- Install an alarm system for your house. In case, intruders do manage to break in, the police will be alerted.
- A video doorbell, such as the Ring Doorbell is a great option.
- Having motion sensors which trigger floodlights outside your home is a great idea. Anybody sneaking around in the middle of the night will get a rude surprise when they have more floodlights on them than a Broadway musical. It will send them running for cover. Many flood lights these days also have cameras on them that send the videos they record to the cloud or a device. Choose one these types of floodlights if possible.
- Do not hang your keys on a key rack in open view of everyone. Anyone who peeps into your window will be able to see it and start their devious plans.
- Last but not least, have a firearm like a 12-gauge shotgun or a Glock that you can use in an emergency. Just the sound of you racking a shotgun might make the potential intruders think twice about breaking in. They are usually looking for easy pickings and they don’t want to get shot.
- Should they do break in, assess the situation and your safety immediately. If there is more than one intruder, fire a shot at one of them and the rest should run for their lives.
- Do not hesitate too long or try to talk things over. You will just be giving them time to get organized or gang up on you. Fire fast and accurately. Decisiveness is everything when it comes to surviving a potentially threatening or even deadly situation.
- Replace the screws in your exterior door hinges with ones that are at least three inches long. This makes it harder for someone to break in.
Keeping Your Home Safe Is Necessary
Follow the tips in this article and keep you home as safe as possible at all times.
Never be complacent or think that it won’t happen to you.
Remember that while securing your home to prevent break-ins is essential for everyday safety.
You never know when a serious situation might happen in your area, with no warning.
A riot is a great example of this.
As a prepper, you have to be ready for anything.