Whether triggered by post-disaster looting or by “peaceful protests” turned riots, you could find your home targeted for attack. With proper planning, you can protect your home from a myriad of attacks. Your location, home design, and access to resources will determine your implementation, but here are a few basic themes that can be adapted to suit most people’s security needs.
The idea behind channelizing landscaping is that it is easier to protect your home from attack if you can control which direction the attack will come from and focus it to a point that you can easily defend from. Planting shrubs with thorns is great for this. The thorns don’t need to be very large, they aren’t meant to cause physical injury, they only need to be able to cling to clothing. This way if someone attempts to attack your home from another direction they will find themselves stuck, making plenty of noise, and vulnerable to your defense.
Most people will not waste time trying to battering ram a locked door when there is a window two feet away. Windows are your home’s most vulnerable points. For everyday security, it is enough for most people to lock them when they sleep or leave the home. But for times of elevated threats, it would be a good idea to reinforce your windows. Getting pieces of ¾ inch plywood pre-cut and pre-drilled for all of windows, and then labeled and stored with the necessary screws taped to each piece of wood will make it possible to have your windows secure in minutes.
It may be necessary to take offensive action to protect your home. Select windows, preferably on the second floor, that offer a view of likely areas of attack. Keep supplies such as sandbags in these rooms so that the area near the windows can be protected from gunfire.
These actions may seem drastic or even unnecessary, but there are plenty of people in other parts of the world already that are probably wishing that they had taken these steps to protect their homes and their families.
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