The following article has been contributed by Madison Parker, a personal and home security blogger. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of PreppingToSurvive.com.
You don’t want to think about it, but there may come a time when you need to protect your home and won’t have access to the power grid. When that day comes, you’ll need to do everything you can to keep home invaders, burglars, and others who would seek to do you harm at bay. Fortunately, there are a number of home security measures you can take that don’t require access to the power grid.
Some of the things you can do to protect your home without electricity include:
- Work on your landscaping. Make sure there’s a clear line of sight from the street to every entrance to your home. Get rid of tall bushes and trees that a burglar could hide behind. Criminals don’t like to operate in plain sight, for obvious reasons. Don’t give them ways to get out of sight. Make sure trees don’t reach out over the house, giving a burglar access to your second story. Watch out for basement windows, as well.
- Don’t invite home invaders into your home. Your home may contain a great deal of value, whether that’s in the form of expensive electronic equipment today or large stores of survival rations down the road. Either way, you don’t want to announce to the world that you’d be a good burglary target. Don’t let your home look any more attractive, in terms of its contents, than the house down the street.
- Win the psychological battle against home invaders. All you have to do to keep someone from breaking into your home is convince them that it’s not worth the risk. You do that in part by making it look like there’s nothing inside worth having (see above). You also do it by making it look like there’s greater risk. Place a large dog food bowl on the stoop, for example. Leave a pair of men’s size 14 work boots next to the door. Give home invaders reason to pause before coming into your home.
- Choose the right personal protection weapon. Not every home is a good candidate for a gun, but many are. A gun can stop a home invader in his tracks, regardless of whether or not you have power. Just be sure to follow all of the best safety practices so that your gun remains in your control and that it remains accessible only to you.
- Install the right locks. External doors should have deadbolts, preferably surface-mounted ones that are much harder to disable. Consider a double-key deadbolt for any doors that also have windows, so that the home invader can’t simply bust the window and reach in to unlatch the deadbolt. Deadbolts aren’t perfect, but they will slow down a home invader and, in some cases, convince them to move along.
Don’t let a lack of power keep your home from being protected. Fortify your home using these five steps and you’ll prevent a number of potential home invasion scenarios.
Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from personal to home security – Get more tips and advice at the blog Home Security Systems!