Security has taken a more and more prominent position in my mind lately. Our town publishes the sheriff’s report of crimes and arrests each Saturday and I always scan it to keep tabs on what is going on.
When we first moved out here, I remember one of the most noteworthy crimes involved the theft of pocket change and a stick of Old Spice deodorant (who steals used deodorant?!). Now the paper regularly includes 15 or more petty thefts, aggravated burglaries, and even violent crimes. Beyond that, the incidences of domestic violence, check fraud, and drug crimes are climbing.
Since we homeschool our children and I only work outside the home one day a week, I am usually on the property. In the past couple of years, I have been outside feeding animals 3 times when” ne’er-do-wells” have come up our long driveway, seen me, and very hastily hightailed back down the driveway before I could get license numbers. No doubt, we had been about to be burglarized.
As the economy continues to fall apart, more and more people lose their jobs, and money gets tighter and tighter, we anticipate the problem only getting worse. We are sympathetic to the plight of those doing all they can to pay their bills. We are actively charitable and encourage you to do what you can also.
But we won’t be willing victims of crime.
A New Home Security System
Electronic home alarms are good for some things. They may summon the police. They can be set up to monitor windows and interior areas. But they require power and a very quickly responsive police department to be effective.
A good “off the grid” kind of alternative is man’s best friend. This is what we have chosen as our first line of defense.
Here he is. He is 6 weeks old and about the size of a full-grown cat right now.
When he grows up, he will notify us of threats and hopefully give pause to anyone or anything looking to take from us or that poses a threat to our livestock and poultry.
We are still working on a name for him. If you have a suggestion, please share it.
In the next part, I will explain what criteria we used to decide on him.