The world is changing around us at a breakneck pace. As such, it is necessary that the Americans respond in kind. The most direct and practical translation of this reaction is the mental preparedness. Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This lesson rings true in self and home defense.
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This is not to say that everyone must go in the large doomsday prepper mode; you do not. During shows on television surrounding said preppers may be interesting, we are talking about a completely different, more practical approach. In fact, as is the case with many of our security tips, you will be amazed at how simple our points.
Before we take a step further, however, it is important to discuss our enemy. In most cases, people who are trying to break into your house are opportunistic criminals who may or may not know about the contents of your home, and they often do not know you, the homeowner. So, don’t take it personally, just be prepared. Or the intruder is a cable installer who is inside and had his eye on something they need, or a drugged-up little thief, that’s just hoping for the best, with their plunder, their purpose often remains the same: to take what is not theirs, and meetings with the owners. If animals in the wild, most criminals do not want to fight, or even to be seen or heard. Conversely, if you have a big problem with someone that wants to inflict damage on you or your family for any reason, this article is not for you.
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Now we have a baseline of the threat, let’s discuss how to lower your chances of a break-in, or in the worst case, the intruders to leave quickly. Whether it’s a government post abroad, or in the comfort of your home, the security is always made in layers. The goal here is to make every step of progress in the heart of the base — in this case, your house is becoming harder and harder, with the hope of turning people away before they even get started.
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Of course we are going to discuss how to create a layered system of security for you and your loved ones, while adding some very simple tips to help you along the way.
Layer 1: Light
Duh! Of course the house has the exterior lighting. But wait, by default, or because they are economical and want to keep their energy bills down, or simply not aware of the threats that really exist, most people turn them off before you go to bed. Stop! Criminals will rarely choose a well-lit house on top of the poorly-lit neighbor– they do not want their activities highlighted. Again, unless you are a direct threat as a result of a unique conflict, the criminal will opt for the dimly lit house, at any time. So, fork over the few extra dollars and let this exterior lighting is going to work for you while you sleep. Choose motion-activated light in key locations will cut down on the energy used if you are really concerned about the cost. Also leave a few indoor lights on is a good idea, or a small kitchen light or otherwise. The lighting is all down and makes your home an undesirable target.
Layer 2: Door Locks
Most people start their security layer with the locks of the door, which is of course an essential part. However, many do not and keep their doors locked at all times, provided that their neighborhood is safe, or that nothing could ever happen. This includes leaving garage doors open, which not only provides a penetration point for intruders, but a reason to come back after seeing the capabilities of the loot that is in abundance in your garage. Continuation of that institution, in this day in age of violence, crime, and justice on the rise, is a fool. You’re not crazy and paranoid if you lock your doors at all times; you’re smart! Burglaries happen at all times of the day, so make sure that your house is an unwanted, difficult goal, around the clock.
Extra Tip: The Blinds
I know, I know. You love the way your home is lit when the blinds are up and you can see what scene awaits outside. I get it, but when you retire for the night ensure that your shutters are down. They do not need to be closed, only down. This, together with a number of other small things, contributes to your security layers. Why? Because you, the owner, wants to not only but to run lingering criminals away, but you also want as much heads-up as possible should the worse happen. By means of the creation of a window with the blinds up allows the intruder to stop his entry. Make him or her battle with the blinds to get through the window, which, of course, must be closed!
Layer 3: Dogs
Sorry, cat lovers. Dogs are man’s best friend, and definitely one of the best layers of security money can buy. Admittedly, certain varieties are better than others, but criminals are not of the noise most barks, and if a contractor or the military is scouting the neighborhood, they will certainly a note which has a hard and/or large K-9 waiting on the other side of the door. In addition, the bark gives you a window of time for the preparation of within should things escalate, which can prove critical.
Layer 4: Home Security System
We are not here to endorse a particular home security unit, but rather see the value of your arm in the evening. In most cases, if the top layers have failed, a loud siren alarm will put an end to the situation. Just like the other layers on top of the alarm not only notifies you that something is wrong, and that your heart is working – but it wakes up the neighbours and triggers a call to the police, neither of which events the intruder can see as optimal. If you have a dog, it should bark at this point also another layer. Note: If this is not the case, you should probably take it to the vet; something is wrong.
What if all of the above fails and someone still comes to my house?
It is a bad day in this scenario, and we advise individuals to make use of their right to bear arms to protect themselves. At this point you’re defending more than you’re home, you are defending yourself and your family. Game on.
Drew Berquist is the founder and Senior associate for OpsLens. Drew served as an officer for counter-terrorism for the United States Intelligence Community, where he played more than thirty deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct the activities of the intelligence services. Drew has commented on the national security on Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs, Dennis Miller, and a number of other shows throughout the country. Follow Drew and his staff of employees on Twitter at @OpsLens.