Basically, I will give you some home defense tips. These are practical tips one can implement on most budgets. In fact most of what I will tell you I have personal plans to do.
1. How to Help Bulletproof Your Home.
As you know there are many bullet types out there that will absolutely penetrate your exterior walls and enter your home with deadly force unless you have a brick home. In my yard there are 338 landscaping blocks. They measure 1 foot long 4 inches thick and 8 inches deep. I counted them one day after making measurements. I have 338 concrete blocks. What I will do during a SHTF situation is take those 338 blocks and quickly clean them and then place them on the inside walls of the most vulnerable side of my home. I will surround the windows so in the event I am firing from them I will be shielded on the sides and underneath the windows. In that way I will make sure that the street side of my home is bulletproof. If you have firewood, it too could be used in a similar manner.
2. Trip Wire Alarms
I shopped on ebay and found personal alarm keychains that if you pull the pin out of them they will sound off at an amazing 130 decibels! They are small and concealable and have a little chain ring on the pin. Just pull the chain and pin and all hell breaks loose. You can purchase them on ebay for a few dollars to several dollars each. I have craft wire that you can find at craft stores that I will tie to the keychain and then the other end to something immovable. I plan on placing these little screamers at key points such as my fence gates and other access areas where an intruder will walk into them alerting the entire neighborhood. When it comes to home defense, you’ll get a lot of value for not much money with these trip wire alarms.
3. Trespasser Deterrents
If things get real bad in my area I plan on disguising my home to give the appearance it has already been looted and ransacked. Here’s how; I will scatter trash and broken flower pots and stuff like that all around the home. I would place a bunch of cans and stuff near the entrance so I can hear noise intruders may make. I will remove some window screens for two reasons; first it makes firing my weapons easier and secondly, it adds to the already ransacked crack house look. I would hang some curtains out the windows too. Then I will take a ladder and some black paint and near the top of windows and doors make some areas of the outside appear to have smoke damage. I even studied the markings left by military and law enforcement personnel when using spray paint on homes during hurricane Katrina. They use a large X and they mark things in the four quadrants. These were search and rescue teams and I suspect it will be in the future also. In the top quadrant you put the date like 10- 23. Sometimes the time of the search is added here also. In the left quadrant the team identifier will be written. It could be many things. Here’s an example; MO. for Missouri and HP for Highway Patrol. Then something like Tr C for Troop C which is the Troop in my area. You may see US&R in this section which is Urban Search and Rescue. In the right quadrant they write hazards like, rats, snakes, stench etc. Finally we come to the bottom quadrant which is where they write the number of live and dead people. You may see 2 live 3 dead or any combination.
There are other markings but we’re really just trying to fool thugs on the street so this should suffice.
Another great tip is to spray-paint graffiti like on your garage door or someplace on the home.
Broken glass in walkways not only looks like your home has been looted it’s a big deterrent to intruders also.
At night you can put out things like boards with nails driven through them for intruders to step on.
4. Home Defense Positions
One key in establishing the best home defense positions is having enough shooters to properly stage a defense. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead. Take the average 2000 square foot home with one main access road in the front. To properly defend the home you really need 4 or 5 shooters minimum. Other than shooters it will be wise to have ammo loaders. Of course I am referring to a bad situation where you may have a band of attackers.
Most gun battles begin with head on frontal attacks. A couple of good shooters could hold off the bandits until they flank you or split up and encircle you. You may need at least one of your shooters to leave the cover of the house, slip out the back and cut off their movements. You need to appear like there are 20 avid shooters in the house. To do that you will need to take turns shooting in fairly short rapid bursts and have 1 or 2 of your troops go out the back of the home and fire short bursts from unexpected areas. In fact, with the proper frontal coverage 1 of your younger, quicker shooters may be able to flank the enemy. Properly carried out that could lead to a retreat of the bandits. Keep the element of surprise on your side. Sometimes it’s necessary also to do the unexpected. Ammo loaders, back up shooters and possibly ammo runners will help you fire like there’s 20 shooters in the house. Use different weapons if you can to help present the illusion of many shooters. At times, depending on your placement of cover you may be better off to exit the house taking the battle outside thus drawing the fire away from women and children.
As for positioning I suggest a shooter on each end of the house and at times take a shooter from the rear of the home and fire from as close to front and center as possible. Again, this will help give the impression there is a large group of shooters inside.
Rapid bursts while taking turns shooting equates to constant fire. That’s what you want when faced by a group of bandits and thugs.
It’s impossible to give precise home defense positioning without knowing the terrain and coverage involved. I have tried to give you some generalizations. Whatever you do keep eyes on everything and remember this; under certain circumstances the best defense is a good offense. Be smart, be safe, and live to fight another day.
Article written by By Kenneth M. Johnson for Prepper’s Will.
Kenneth M. Johnson is a Sales Manager at a firm in St. Louis, MO. Ken has studied being a survivalist most of his life while studying many things such as battle tactics and strategy, martial arts, history, prepping, world religions, metaphysics and more. Ken has a great love of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the great liberty they entitle all U.S. citizens. Ken can be reached by email at <[email protected]>
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