Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Family Security Plan Part 1: Home security

Every family should have a security plan. This is the responsibility of the father, but every family member will be involved. It is best said by Connor Boyack in his article The Right and Responsibility of Self-Defense on his website
“Husbands and fathers have three primary roles in their stewardship: provide, preside, and protect. It seems from my personal observation that they are generally prioritized and proactively worked on in this order. Almost all men recognize the duty to work and provide for their family; most men do a good job at being the patriarch and being the leader of the family; and some take the issue of protection and defense seriously enough to fulfill this duty. In today’s world of outsourcing and delegation, though, it seems that most prefer to appoint the duty of defense to the police department rather than worry about it themselves. Political leftist fearmongering, Hollywood hype, and a general misunderstanding of the history and practical use of weaponry has resulted in a massively successful campaign to create an atmosphere in which very few people know how or are ready to defend themselves.”
Home Security
Home security consists of several things. One is communication security (COMSEC). This has to do with social networking and communication in general (See blog Personal and Family Security 5/15/2014). Do not broadcast personal information. This can include pictures that are posted. Make sure the backgrounds are clear of any information. Don’t give out personal information like where you work, where your kids go to school, etc. When you answer a phone you really do not know who you are talking to unless you know the person. You trash is also a place where information can be given out. Credit information, bank information, and other sensitive information should be shredded or burned.
Physical security is also a concern. Doors and windows should be kept locked or have limited opening space. Fortify these places with products that will enhance their security. Door deadbolts and door knobs can be fortified. Check out a Lowes or Home Depot or other home store. They have many products to help secure your doors and windows.
Pulling your mail and newspapers and using timers on lights will help secure your house when you are away.
To keep someone from pulling the pins on your door hinges and pulling off your door, put a finishing nail in the spine of the door so it sticks out about an half inch. Next drill a hole in your door frame so that the nail will go into the frame when the door is closed. Even with the hinges pins off, the door cannot be pulled out of the frame.
Sliding doors and windows can be prevented from sliding with the appropriate sized piece of wood in the channel.
Lighting inside and out makes a big difference.
Thorny scrubs under windows prevents a burglar from getting to your windows. Cutting back trees and shrubs so that someone cannot hide behind them is a good idea.
If you have an alarm always arm it, even when you’re home.
Keep your doors locked even when you’re home.
Install and use peep holes in doors.
Have important phone numbers near each phone or always in the same place.
Have safety items such as smoke and CO alarms, emergency lighting, window ladders for upstairs, and fire extinguishers.
Depending on your situation, have weapons close at hand but secure. There are many hiding places and safes on the market.
Have your family practice fire and other drills so they are familiar with what to do in an actual emergency. Talk to your younger kids about how to call 911 and what to say.
Have a contact list of someone close, and further away for your family to contact in case of disaster and you have to leave home. We have someone in town, someone in another town, and someone out of state to contact.
Have code words so that if you send someone else after your kids, your kids will know it is safe to go with them. We have also developed our own family code if we needed to communicate and didn’t want anyone intercepting the messages to understand them.
Have escape routes out of your area. We have 4. Each is coded so that only our family will know which one was taken.
Have a meeting place outside your home and away from home to meet in case of emergency or fire.
Prepare bug out bags (72 hour kits) for each member of your family.
Have a storage of food, water, clothing, and where possible fuel for emergencies or other time of need.
Have first aid and medical supplies stored for emergencies.
If I’m going to be away a while (more than a night), I lock up my external hard drives in a gun safe.
There is also a way of hiding a thumb drive in your wall as a phone jack. Here is the instructions:
Take self defense courses and practice what you learn as a family.
Have an alternate way to heat or cook in your home. Practice to know how to use these items.
Have an alternate electricity source that can run the basics in your home.
Plan A Safe Room
Pick a room that can be secured away from other rooms. It should have a phone in it and if you choose, a weapon. You can fortify this door also. An exterior door or a window would be good too for fast egress. If this is a interior room it may also be the retreat during a storm or tornado. If you use it for a storm shelter too have water, flashlight, radio, snack food, and first aid kit in the room.
Designate an isolation room in your house. This is a room, preferably close to a bathroom, that you can isolate someone who is seriously ill in case of pandemic. Have supplies in this room also. It should have a window for ventilation and a way of sealing it off with heavy plastic. You should have personal protection equipment so that the isolated can be cared for.
A hidden room or space that can fit a few people would be good too. Family members can hide in case of home invasion or other need.
These are just some suggestions for home security. You may have others. Some of these suggestions are for extreme situations. You may use all of them or just some that suit you. If you live in an apartment or town house some of these things won’t apply. These ideas should get you started. Come up with a plan and then present it to your family. See if they have other ideas or suggestions. Then put the plan on paper and review it often.
Next we’ll cover out of the house, property security.
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