Guest post by Parker Hansen
One of the most important things a prepper can do is to secure their home. After all, what’s the point of stockpiling supplies if someone is able to break in and steal them? This article aims to enlighten you on the subject of home security. Do it yourself home security more specifically. I’ll skip the crime statistics and just jump right into this, because let’s face it, we all know things are pretty bad out in the world today. Here are some easy DIY home security tips you can do today.
Talk to your kids. Tell them the danger that lurks in the outside world, explain to them that they should never answer the door for a stranger. Ever. Document/Photograph any valuables. Make a list and photograph anything you deem valuable. Store this list where a burglar would never find it. And if you’re tech savvy, email it to yourself so it’s always accessible. Don’t leave spare keys outside.
Criminals know where to look for these. If you insist on doing this, make sure you pick a very uncommon spot. And just know that you’re still putting yourself at risk, no matter how good the hiding spot. Lock your doors and windows. This is common sense, but a lot of people don’t do it. Especially people that live in rural areas. Make it look like you’re home. When you leave, consider leaving a light on, or a radio. Criminals are very likely to pass your home up if it looks like it’s occupied.
Get a home security sign. It could even be a fake one, nobody will know the difference. Close your garage door. Open garage doors are a common entry point, and it makes things very easy for burglars. Also, keep the door inside your garage locked. Frost your garage windows. If a burglar takes a look into your garage window and finds it to be empty, it’s likely that they will attempt to break in. Lock up your ladder.
This one is self-explanatory. Don’t post your vacation plans online. Refrain from posting about it on social media, even though you may want to tell everyone. This gives anyone an invite to raid your house and steal everything. Keep your home phone volume on low. A lot of people don’t have landlines anymore, but if you do, keep the ring volume on low. If you can hear it from outside the house, it’s too loud.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to protect your home. There’s also the option of buying alarms and automatic light kits that you can easily install yourself. These can be found for as low If you’re interested in learning more about DIY home security, check out this guide by TopTenReviews.