Protecting yourself is easiest done when you are comfortable. The majority of us are most comfortable when we are in our own home. We have all of our stuff there. We are storing our disaster preparations there. Why wouldn’t you want to protect all of your hard work?
Some basic things you can do are listed in this previous article. I want to expand on some of the things you can do to protect your home and the things in it.
The big thing to remember about security is, having a way out. Sure you can have an impenetrable fortress but if need be, you need a way to escape. Have some supplies and means of protection in a vehicle.
Having all of your windows and doors strengthened is a great start. But what happens when someone follows you into your home? Assuming they are securely out of the reach of children, you could have weapons or non-lethal deterrents like pepper spray or a Taser placed throughout your home. This would allow you access to something no matter where you are. You wouldn’t need to run to the bedroom or basement to the safe to get your gun.
Look into furniture that can hide weapons. Many bookshelves or coffee tables are available to store your munitions or non-lethal weapons. People are creatively and stylishly designing furniture and other items to blend into your home, yet hide whatever you’d like hidden.
Having a basic security system is a good idea as long as you are not giving away the keypad code to anyone and everyone. The same goes for spare keys and the unlock code for the garage door. The fewer people who have access to your castle, the more secure it becomes.
Rent a PO Box or have things delivered to a UPS store near you. This will eliminate people easily accessing your mail and/or packages. You may be waiting on your batch of survival food and when it arrives, your neighbors might see you stockpiling. When they are in need of food and water, where do you think the first place is they will run to?
Another consideration is to move to a less populated area. Typically a house just outside the city will be a better place to live. You’ll have neighbors a little farther away, the house may come with a little bit of land for a garden, and you won’t need to worry as much about the traffic when a disaster happens. You’ll already have a head start if you need to evacuate.
What do you do to protect your home and belongings? Let us know in the comment section. Let us know if you are positioned in a rural or city setting, if children are a consideration and if you are in a house or apartment. This will help us all get ideas of how we can better protect ourselves and our homes.