A key element of successful prepping is securing your home and your property from looters, thieves or metaphorical zombies after the breakdown of civilization. If you are a prepper, you need to look at home security in a special way. To keep you, your family and your property safe, here are four home security ideas to consider:
1. Make sure your home security works in the event of a power outage
If you are installing a security system in your home, you want it to remain effective in the event of a power outage. Ideally, you want a wireless, battery-powered security system.
However, if the power grid goes down permanently, you can't rely on your batteries indefinitely. To prepare for that eventuality, you want a security system that is connected to a generator or solar panels.
2. Think about back-up mechanical security measures
In addition to traditional security system elements such as motion detectors, door and window alarms, security cameras and other devices, you may want some back-up mechanical security measures. Back-up security measures can range from bulletproof glass in your windows to stone walls around your property to booby traps on your land.
Even if your electronic security system is disabled, these backup security devices will create a second line of defense. With a bit of ingenuity, you can create backup measures for all of your existing electronic-based security measures. For example, if you have security cameras around the perimeter of your property, make sure you have telescopes mounted somewhere high on your roof or home so you can monitor the perimeter manually even if your cameras go down.
3. Consider an escape hatch
Obviously, securing your home is essential, but if you are ever surrounded, you may need a way to get out of your house. Being able to escape safely can be as important as being secure on the inside.
Some preppers build underground tunnels leading to other buildings on their land or to spots just outside of their land – if your land is extensive, you want the exit hole of the tunnel to be near a river or somewhere you can mask your smell and get away. You can hide the entrance to your escape hatch under a cabinet in your kitchen, under your bed or in some other unlikely-to-be-found spot.
4. Do not forget to secure your stockpile
As you secure your main house and your property, remember to think carefully about how secure your stockpile is. If you have water, canned goods, ammo or any other essential prepper items, you need it to be secure. That may include extra locks, safes or special security devices devoted exclusively to the area hosting your stockpile. If you're looking for security supplies, visit Triton Security in Calgary.