10. Keep It Neat & Tidy
Break down and/or burn major purchase boxes such as a new plasma TV; it is just advertising what you have to offer a burglar. Keep the landscaping neat and tidy so that you can see the approach of strangers as they come up your drive or go around to your backyard. Overgrown shrubs and trees are welcomed hiding places for criminals.
9. Keep Them Guessing
Are you home? Make it impossible for a criminal to know for sure from the outside looking in. Have bright, motion detection, security lights go on, even during the day. When you leave your homestead at night, leave on the TV or stereo and a light on in the living room.
8. Keep Openings Closed Tight
More than 40% of break-ins happen without the use of force. Keeping your garage and barn closed and locked, and all doors and windows locked, not only prevents the temptation of robbing your homestead for your resources, it also keeps you and your family and livestock safe inside. This doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Use PVC pipe or wooden dowels, cut to length, as a lock bar in your sliding glass doors and all of your windows. Reinforce door hinges with long, 3″ screws. Add deadbolts and a peep hole to doors so that you can see who is approaching.
7. Force Detection
Use your landscape and homestead layout to define your territory and make it impossible to sneak up on you. Use natural surveillance by landscaping paths to your home and outbuildings. Provide yourself and family with a line of sight for each exit and entrance into all of the buildings on your homestead.
6. Secure Your Property
Add natural access hindrances to your property such as fencing to create perimeters, roses or thorny shrubs under windows and a gate at the entrance of your homestead can be enough of a hindrance for a criminal to not proceed any further. Flowing water, such as a river or creek can be a natural deterrent to various parts of your property. Rock face, cliff or mountainside at your back can be a natural deterrent. Thick bushes, trees, and brambles along your property line can prevent trespassers.
5. Know Your Neighbors
Your neighbors are one of your best lines of defense. Neighbors let you know of any local disturbance or any criminal activity. They are source of security should you need to evacuate. They are invaluable to you. Now, go make friends! 😉
4. Get a Good Visual
Peep-holes in doors, windows up high in the second or third story of your home or outbuilding, walk-out basements. Know where to look to keep your family safe.
3. Utilize Security Systems
No I do not mean alarms. Sure you can use them, but do not rely on them; especially if you are in the boondocks. Police are not coming, at least not for a long while. What I mean is a system which will appropriately eliminate the threat against your family. Guns, Krav Maga and security dogs are our solutions to security on our homestead. This doesn’t mean that you just own a dog, watch a video or have a gun lying around. You need to practice with all appropriate family members as to how to deal with a break in, what each member of your family should do, how and when to use a weapon, when and how to let the dogs go after a criminal. I would say that the most important part has everything to do with practice and appropriate, “Use of Force” classes and has very little to do with equipment. Practice often and under stress such as in the dark, loud music/voices, and under a time limit. You also need to be highly aware of the laws in regards to Use of Force in your county and state.
When you have to be self reliant in homestead security, have a communication system set up with your family and friends. Code words or sounds to let other family members know where you are in relation to where they are. Just like when you have a code word for letting your child know that it is a safe person, you should also have a code word to hide, duck, to verify your location etc.
1. Stay Vigilant
Is your area pretty peaceful? GOOD! That is exceedingly important, but you never know. What if a meth dealer holes up in that old property down the road and starts cooking? This is happening all to often in rural areas now-a-days. Stay vigilant and practice, practice, practice!