Thursday, September 11, 2014

Family Security Plan Part 2: Property 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.”
Property Security (everything outside of the house)
Everyone has something outside of their home. Even if you live in an apartment you have a car, a motorcycle, or a bicycle. These things should be kept secure and we should be secure when using them.
In the last post we touched on some of the things outside a home. There are several things that should be addressed.
If you store ladders outside your home or outside a building that can be locked, make sure they are locked with a chain or bicycle lock. Especially if you have a two story house. Even if you don’t you don’t want easy access to your back yard or attic.
Lock your gates.
Your back yard is not fort Knox even with locked gates. Lock up grills, bicycles, or even a picnic table depending on where you live.
Put a lock on your attic access if it is outside under a carport or patio.
If you have something in your front yard like a bird bath, consider finding a way to secure that so it doesn’t walk away.
Lawn equipment should be either locked in a shed or chained.
Consider more than just a pad lock on sheds and out buildings. We have several sheds, a chicken coup, and a garden shed.
Lock your vehicles.
If you have outside water or fuel storage, consider how to secure that also.
Make sure your dog cannot get out of your house or fence. One of the best security items you can have is a dog. So take care of you man’s best friend.
Lock your telephone, cable, and electrical breaker boxes if possible.
Consider a alarm in your drive way to let you know when someone approaches your home.
We have a long drive way and acreage to try to secure. The property has a fence around it but fences need to be kept in repair.
Cameras are a good idea. Many of them are reasonably priced. You must decide if you want to hide cameras or put them in plain sight as a deterrent. There are fake cameras if you can’t afford the real deal.
Signage of alarms and cameras can also be a deterrent.

Extreme Security
We have a lockable gate but I’d like to put in another fence with a second gate. In between I want to dig a “moat” or a hole deep enough that a vehicle could not drive through it. It will have a grate over it that can be removed in an emergency.
Where we live it’s not unusual to see deer hunting stands. This is a good observation post. You could maybe use your kid’s tree house.
A generator for emergency power is a good idea. Make sure you have a qualified electrician hook this up to your house. If it’s not done properly, it can pose a hazard to power workers. The generator must be ventilated because of exhaust. Consider the noise from a generator (you can build a “hush house” for it), and the light that can be seen for miles in a totally blacked out situation. Blackout curtains may be something you need or just go to bed when the sun goes down. Also consider a solar generator and other solar products for recharging batteries.
We also have a small yard but the rest we let grow wild. In this brush “tangle foot” can be put in. Wire strung between trees or stakes hidden in the brush. To keep vehicles from running through a fence and getting closer to the house I would put T posts cut to smaller lengths, enough to put holes in tires. Or large rocks that even a 4 wheel drive would have a hard time driving over.
Barbed wire can be used strategically all over to keep people out or to slow them down.
If you live in an area that will grow cactus or other thorny plants, put them near your fence to make someone think twice before climbing your fence.
During rule of law it’s important to follow the law. Place “No Trespassing”, “Private Drive”, “Keep Out”, “Beware of Dog”, and other signs to discourage those from entering. I understand that a real criminal won’t really care about a sign, but a would-be criminal might think twice.
There are many instructions on the internet for trip wires and booby traps. Consider this and learn how to build some of these that would suit your situation. Ensure of the legality of some of these traps but don’t discount it because it is illegal. Learn how to do the trap, but then take it down and just keep the materials. You will need the skill in a without-rule-of-law situation. Explosives are illegal to make but I think it would be good to know how. This is one extreme I’ve thought about but have never pursued. Some of you may have some training in this, I do not beyond a Molotov cocktail.
A cache of essentials and a weapon is not a bad idea. Be creative with how and where you do this. Remember that you don’t want kids to find your hidden gun. Make sure it is safe when you bury or hide it. Take care to take a bearing where you hide this cache. Terrain and what you thought was a land mark can change.
Consider building a fighting position in a strategic location. This would only apply if you live on property and not the suburbs or in a city. If you had the room you might consider putting “junk” in strategic places. Make sure the junk is actually cover and not penetrable by rifle rounds.
As always, this may not be a complete list. Some of this won’t apply to you. Look at your situation and have a family counsel to discuss your individual plan.
Most of what I’ve suggested here can be done and camouflaged or made to look “normal”. You don’t want your home to look like a fortress, like you’ve got something in there worth fighting for. In reality you do, your family. Keep this in mind when you think about your security plan. To what lengths would you go to to protect your family? Does a dead bolt do it? I can tell you I like the idea of building a house in a missile silo. I like the protection it affords. But reality is that most of us can’t live in a castle or a missile silo. Most of us would not want to. So we can find other ways to protect our family and property.
As I’ve said numerous times, training trumps gear. Getting training for you and your family is very, very important. They need survival skills. Lots of these can be taught at Family Home Evening and at Family camping. Take advantage of the Young Women’s program and the Scouting program. They can teach a lot to our kids. This can be fun and rewarding for your family. As always, don’t forget personal security training for you and your family. Weapons training should be part of that. (You knew I’d bring it around to guns again didn’t you?!)
Next post we will go into a Family Code and communications security for your family.
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