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‘Bullet-Proof’ Rural Home Security When You’re Miles (And Miles) From Police

'Bullet-Proof' Home Security When You're Miles (And Miles) From Police

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Keeping your home safe in normal times really isn’t all that hard. Install a deadbolt or two, call your local alarm company and make sure your windows are all locked. That will take care of you for most situations. Of course, that’s in the city, where police can get to you rapidly, and it’s working under the assumption that the criminals you want protection from don’t want to attract attention.

But move out into the country and go off-grid, and the equation changes drastically. An alarm system isn’t going to bring police running, and neighbors probably won’t see what’s going on. Criminals won’t be worried about being caught, because they know that there’s no way the police can get there in time. Add in a disaster situation and you can forget about the police altogether.

People in these situations need to take care of their own home security. Actually, I have to say that we all do, considering that it takes an average of 11 minutes for police to respond to a 911 call, and the average home break-in is over in about 90 seconds. So, in a sense, we’re all off-grid when it comes to security.Start with the Right Alarm

Start with the Right Alarm

The typical alarm company will install a silent alarm, which will call the police if your perimeter is breached. Sensors on doors and windows activate if they are opened (and the alarm is not turned off). Some systems have motion detectors for the interior, as well, in case an intruder manages to bypass the perimeter sensors.

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'Bullet-Proof' Home Security When You're Miles (And Miles) From PoliceThe big fallacy with this sort of system is that it doesn’t activate until the intruder is already entering the home. You don’t want to wait that long. That’s why natural alarms are much better. Dogs, donkeys and guinea hens will all start making a racket the moment that an intruder steps foot on your property.

These aren’t silent alarms that call the police; they are noisy alarms to let you know what is going on. Hearing your natural alarm go off gives you an opportunity to take action, before the intruder enters your home.

You might also want to consider some sort of perimeter alarm, such as trip wires. The problem is that you need to build the trip wire in such a way that you’ll be able to hear it from within the house or anywhere on your property; otherwise, the trip wire doesn’t accomplish a thing.

Harden Your Home

The second step in this process is making it hard for any intruder to get into your home. There’s an old saying that “locks keep honest people honest.” The way that works is that if it is hard enough to break into your home, most people will give up. So, don’t just depend on a deadbolt to keep your home safe; make your doors and windows harder to break through.

The weakness for most entry doors is that the deadbolt goes into the door frame, with the striker plate held in place by ¾-inch screws. The average man can kick through that door, breaking the deadbolt out through the door frame, without much effort. But by changing out the normal striker plate out for a security striker plate, installed with 3 ½-inch long screws, you make it much stronger. Use the same screws for the hinges, and the door becomes very hard to kick open.

Of course, there are other things you can do to strengthen your door, like using a prop against the door. This old-fashioned method of securing a door is as effective today as it ever was. Simply cut a 2×4 or 2×6 to the correct length, to go from below the door knob to the base of the opposite wall. I don’t care how strong someone is — they aren’t going to get that to move.

'Bullet-Proof' Home Security When You're Miles (And Miles) From PoliceWindows are usually the weakest access point on any home, simply because they are made of glass. It doesn’t take much to break through a piece of glass, and any rock sitting around will do. But you can make windows much stronger by adding burglar bars or by installing security window film on the inside of the windows. While the film can’t totally stop them from breaking out the window, it will take them long enough that you’ll have time to stick a gun up their nose.

Finally, Be Ready to Repel Boarders

Ultimately, you yourself are the best security for your home. Unless you spend the money to build an indestructible bank vault for a home, there’s always a way to get in for someone who really wants to. Alarms and hardening your home are merely means of giving you time to react. Yes, those things might scare off some intruders, but the really serious ones will come on anyway. That’s when you need to be ready.

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Firearms have been called the great equalizer. With them, a small woman becomes able to defeat a large man. When you have firearms and are trained in their use, you become the best security system around. Even if they do manage to get through your hardened door or window, if you meet them with a gun in your hand, you’ve probably already won.

Most criminals aren’t proficient in the use of firearms, but you can’t count on that. Even though they mostly use firearms to intimidate, there are a few that enjoy target shooting, just for the fun of it. So, you can’t count on them being poor shots. What you can count on is your own training. Take the time to learn how to shoot well so that you can beat any criminal at their own game.

Keep in mind that a criminal isn’t going to stand there; they’re going to move and there’s a chance they’re going to shoot back. So, your training must include shooting at moving targets, shooting quickly, shooting while moving, shooting in low light and shooting from cover. Then, and only then, are you truly ready to defend your home from an intruder.

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10 comments

  1. At a cost of $1,500 per window, I’ve armored my home with burglar-resistant glass that has the added feature of insulation (including windows in big garage door). Door jams have been armored with 1/4″ angle iron from floor to ceiling. Locks are pick proof “Medico” locks. All doors and windows are “alarmed” with loud siren outside and automatic calling of police.
    Four sides of home are mounted with automatic spot lights which come on when anyone/thing approaches at night.
    Driveway alert warns me of vehicles/pedestrians entering my property.

    • I’d be real interested in more details on your glass. What brand, etc. We are just building in remote area and about ready to order glass.
      Thanks,

  2. Unfortunately, if you are not home, much of this is irrelevant. There are security systems that will alert you on your phone and record the intruder(s) like the “Canary”. A loud enough alarm that WILL reach neighbors a mile away might scare intruders away as well. Not many will continue a break-in with a 200+ db siren or alarm going off that they cannot easily or quickly disable. There are even systems that will release a gas that will keep people without a gasmask from entering for several hours after release. More than enough time to be alerted by phone and have someone show up to secure it. As always, preparation is key. Very good article otherwise.

  3. If I’m home I have a 12ga coach shot gun to deswade both bears and the human animals from potential danger but if I’m away I use web cams (blinking red lights) with Internet connectivity to my iPhone/iPad and wild life cameras set up through out the property along with signs that say “Smile, Your On Camera”. While I’m away from home I can be notified with pictures of motion on the web cams to my iPhone or just peek in from time to time to ensure things are OK and even listen in and talk to a web cam, and with the wild life cameras I can get pictures of people, cars, trucks and animals all over the property in daylight or with inferred at night that provide enough video evidence for the local law enforcers to follow up with. It’s the peace of mind I need to ensure I’ve done everything I can to protect my property from the stupidity of humanity while I’m off enjoying life.

  4. I’d love to have a woman to protect and make her feel safer. Even though she might be the one to save my life. Hey we need each other. Hello Ladies, my name is Chris and I’m such a sweetheart and have something going on in my organic garden. I’m growing some great stuff and it’s all going to follow in the footsteps of my own personal love muscle and produce some very large delicious fruits and veggies. I’m able to share my fruits and veggies with the girls at work, the bonuses of a large harvest. The largest harvest in my heart requires my desire to share with the girls too, unfortunately they are all women of a married stature. So any young women of consenting age up to 25-30 yrs old who hate being alone and working all the time for people and barely paying the bills should attempt to claim this prize, me. I’m a one woman kind of guy and living in love County, Oklahoma. I’m a one woman kind of guy and living in love County, Oklahoma has so many benefits for me, but one big one for you, or maybe 2 big ones for you, one being there are no women around here. I’ve got beautiful land with a new gorgeous house who I’d like to share it with and party with and relax with a cool laid back very sexually gorgeous young lady. I’m a giver and pleaser to the one who is the same. I’m such a great catch and zoosk is where I just signed up but I want to give other avenues a shot at finding the little cutie pie, and she will make sure I get treated the same way I treat her, with all the care and consideration that a woman should receive from the man who both have been blessed by the Almighty with meeting. Have a great week. Text me 5802383600. This is real. I will text you a picture as soon as I get yours. Bye bye. has so many benefits for me, but one big one for you, or maybe 2 big ones for you, one being there are no women around here. I’ve got beautiful land with a new gorgeous house who I’d like to share it with and party with and relax with a cool laid back very sexually gorgeous young lady. I’m a giver and pleaser to the one who is the same. I’m such a great catch and zoosk is where I just signed up but I want to give other avenues a shot at finding the little cutie pie, and she will make sure I get treated the same way I treat her, with all the care and consideration that a woman should receive from the man who both have been blessed by the Almighty with meeting. Have a great week. Text me 5802383600. This is real. I will text you a picture as soon as I get yours. Bye bye.

  5. To live in the country and as a older persons we have dogs a horse that works as our alarms. plus both of us are very good with both handguns and long guns. plus our bows that both can use very well .
    We keep everything out of site but handy if needed we have laid out kill zones with distance markers.
    distances are marked with trees and other things like rose bushes and not so uncommon plants.
    example walnut tree is 75 yards cedar is 290 yards fence is flagged a other distances. If someone
    comes through a locked gate we will treat them as hostile and will be greeted as such. And yes we keep eye on each others places. with phone numbers in our phones to each of them. As a old vet.
    we try to live quietly enjoy our place but we know what has happen to some of our friends. we do not want their experiences to happen here.

  6. Go ahead and bunker in. Its easy enough to smoke you out or burn you out. Can still be done with bow and arrow, too. The native people proved it once… Still applies.

    • It will be hard to burn me out since all my buildings are concrete and/or steel

    • Marauding jerks like you will run the risk of finding out, we have skills and technology available that our 19th century ancestors didn’t have to deal with being smoked or burned out. You just better hope you don’t try that crap where we are. You’re the one going down.

  7. We have a fully loaded german shepherd, she has the run of the house when we are gone….God help the person who breaks in…..

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