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How To: Do it yourself home security

Guest post by Parker Hansen

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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.

Updated: September 1, 2014 — 1:02 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at www.survivalringradio.com will be coming back SOON!

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