Like I mentioned in my last survival post, securing our homes is key to preventing (or at least deterring) home invasions. There are a few things you can do to ensure your home is well prepared.
31) Secure Your Home
Beyond the standard suggestions like “lock your doors”, the book (Urban Survival Guide, by Rich Johnson) provides a checklist of things you can do to help keep your home safe:
- Keep valuables in secure locations (like a bank lockbox) instead of inside your home.
- Don’t discuss your possessions or valuables with others. Keep it secret, keep it safe.
- Only use licensed workers for in home repairs and always check IDs. Also, never leave anyone in your home while nobody is there to supervise.
- Install motion-activated lights. These come on when motion is detected and can keep would-be intruders at bay. They may also alert you to a threat you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed.
- Keep everything locked. Doors, windows, garage doors, etc. If you’re picking new locks for your home, go with a deadbolt style lock. These are more difficult to break through.
- “Get a guard dog. Or two.”
One suggestion I would add to the list is a home security system. Many people say they’re overpriced and that you don’t need them, but its just like my guns: I would rather have them and never need them than to need them and not have them.
What would you add to the list? How do you have your home secured?