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  • #29613

    Osito Arelano

    I’m putting together a short class for some locals on home security.

    I want to keep it fairly mundane and not venture too far into tactical shtf levels. Thinking along the lines of hardening your home against common criminals, and strategies if you feel like trouble might walk down your street.

    I know there are NRA home defense people that will evaluate your home and make recommendations, but I’m looking more at getting people to start thinking about what they can do and not shell out a lot of cash.

    I’m no expert (understatement).

    So, where do you all go to learn home security strategies? What’s tried and true and not just tacticoool?



  • #29615

    Josefina Arenas

    The military and federal agencies offer a lot of training on physical security.  In general, anything that will slow down someone from gaining access to your property or home is physical security.  The mantra is gates, guns, and guards.  Of course, fences help, too, and if a fence is not an option, a thick hedge, like pyracantha is formidable. Nothing will keep someone out of your property if they are determined, but slowing them down may offer discouragement and will lengthen the response time you or law enforcement have to respond.  Often, local police departments have information on hardening your home to criminals.  Certainly active shooter training, available online, is a key component of security awareness, and is crucial when people interact in larger groups or even at work within smaller groups.

  • #29616

    Jim Costa

    Hello Osito.   I have done a lot of brainstorming to help others in my community to prepare their families.  We have a large group retreat that has been completed for about three years, 60 adults.

    Attached is a plan we sent to our neighbors that do not know we are here amongst them.
    Hope it helps.            Strengthening A Home

    [Can’t see how to attach a file.  If you email me I will send a PDF to you.
    In the meantime you can see it here:  Link

    Also go to our website and search under Security (Family Prepping) for more.

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Jim Costa.
  • #29618

    Jim Costa

    PS to Osito:    I have found that it is best if you can get printed materials to people first before you lecture them.  This way they learn faster and need not take notes.  They can even help instruct others.   Purchase a $3 swing lock so you don’t take 10 minutes explaining what it looks like.
    Best of luck to ya.


    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Jim Costa.
    • #29620

      Osito Arelano

      Thank you both.

      Jim I was able to follow the link.

  • #29657


    My granddaughter’s job is in security. She is getting us set up and she will even be able to watch over us from her house in CA and us in VA. She is sending the cameras out and then we just get everything set up and she will take over from there to finish the set up.  She set up her other grandmother’s house as well. I am also doing other things as well. They won’t like trying to get into windows when I get done.  Ouch. Though my windows I have will be hard to break into anyway.  I am just making sure they get hurt before they can try to get in. A good guard dog and shotgun will do the rest.

  • #29659


    From a LE perspective, there are a couple of things that can make a real difference and are cheap.

    First, actually lock your doors and windows. This morning I walked into the living room and found the french doors open. The oldest didn’t remember to shut and lock the door last night.

    I investigated a number of “break in’s” that were more related to the lack of personal responsibility than actual breaking in. Unlocked doors and windows were the usual.

    There are a number of little things that can be done, adding stops (sticks work) to windows and sliding doors, making sure that the blocks that prevent lifting the sliding doors out are still present, etc.

    There are a couple of “door stops” that will prevent the door from being kicked in, most brace against the door handle, and thats a good thing. Especially when the handle is solid not just a turn handle.

    Most things are simple, common sense. I ask students in my “classes” to look at their homes and look at how they would break into their own houses if they lost their key. If they can, so can anyone else.

    Start with the basics, go on from there.

  • #29668


    We really don’t use our patio door. It does have a bar in it also. Our windows are casement windows and we don’t open those. Only the bathroom windows when need be for fresh air and to air out rooms. All the windows have an alarm that if anyone tries to open one, the alarm will go off alerting us to a possible break-in. We also have steel doors on both front door and side garage door. we have the bars that go under the door knobs for those as well and no windows in doors but we can see who is on the other side of those doors. The garage door is also steel and has a security lock so it cannot be lifted or any device being used to break the code to open it. Plus we can padlock that door on both sides so it cannot be lifted in anyway. The garage door is 18 ft. long and has no handle to lift it up from outside. So with the padlocks and the security device to keep anyone from breaking the codes would have a hard time with that door. Still I am sure there are other things we can do and are working on the cameras and other things for our protection.

  • #29672

    Osito Arelano

    Thanks guys! It’s nice to know most of my rough outline was in the ballpark.

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