17 Best Home Fortification Tactics To Keep Criminals At Bay

17 Best Home Fortification Tactics To Keep Criminals At Bay
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Few human initiatives are as ancient and respectable as home fortification.

We separated ourselves from the animal kingdom by the strength of our wits, and our knack for self-defense. So in order to defend our family from others, we need to become home fortification experts.

Especially if the world we know collapses and desperate people want to take what’s ours.

Now good home fortification doesn’t require a full castle moat and a mangled barbed wire fence ringing your lawn. Creating a secure home can be done by adding up a lot of simple tactics. It all depends on how far you want to take it.

So first you must ask yourself:

  • Do you want a secure house that looks as normal as possible?
  • Or are you trying to remodel the structure you live in to resemble a bunker with maximum defense capabilities?

The bottom line is this: The more difficult your home is to penetrate the more likely a criminal will choose an easier target.

That’s the ultimate goal. Make it an absolute pain-in-the-ass for the enemy, and he’ll move on to easier targets. (a.k.a your neighbors).

So with that said, I’m going to share my very best tips to help you put your own personal home fortification plan in place.

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Security Cameras Are Excellent Deterrents – Even If They Don’t Actually Work

1 – Start With the Obvious – Security Cameras

A simple Google search will provide a large variety of home security and surveillance options. Systems you can purchase and have installed directly into your home.

Usually, these security services allow you to “arm” your home when you are not there or after you have gone to sleep. Once the system is armed, any windows breaking or doors being forced open will trigger an alarm that notifies local authorities.

They basically call 911 for you when someone breaks in. However, this constant monitoring is not cheap.

DIY surveillance systems are cheaper and can be set up with relative ease. However, you can’t personally watch them 24/7.

So you have to decide which home fortification option is right for you…

The good new is a potential intruder doesn’t know if that security camera is tied to a monitoring system or not. They just see cameras and will likely just move on to an easier target.

However, if you’re not willing to take that gamble and have the dollars to spend here are a few home security and surveillance systems you could look into:

There are a whole lot of security systems to consider so we recommend you do your homework. However, Frontpoint is our home security system of choice because 1) Easy DIY setup 2) It’s a portable system that can move with you 3) they have a 30-day money back guarantee.

So they are worth checking out if you want a full system with 24/7 monitoring capabilities.

But honestly, this is just one security measure you can take to fortify your home. So if money is tight then worry about the following options first. 

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Add A Good Set Of Motion Sensor Lights At Every Corner Of Your Home

Simple Ideas That Can Compound Your Home Fortification Efforts

Home defense does not have to be complex booby traps and unaffordable technology, to work effectively. How about some simple solutions? Like these:

2 – Motion triggered lights – These handy motion sensing illuminators are available at Amazon. They are a cheap, simple way of detecting when intruders are intruding. Fair warning, though: you will doubtlessly catch some unsuspecting wildlife by surprise from time-to-time.

3 – Bells or Chimes – Hang a bell on your door, or some chimes just inside your door. Your mind will become accustomed to the jingling sound of your doors opening and closing. If you are asleep, and wake in the middle of the night to jingling and jangling … you know something unusual is afoot.

4 – Dogs – Whether you like them or not, these furry German Sheppardcompanions serve as one of the most effective home protection. Big dogs are better, for obvious reasons, but even little dogs can serve as an alarm, or perhaps even a deterrent.

5 – Other Pets – While a dog can be a good option, sometimes more exotic pets can offer an extra level of intimidation. If someone breaks into a house and comes face-to-face with a Bengal tiger living it, there is no way they are going to follow through with their villainous intentions.

But proceed at your own caution. Wild animals don’t always understand the difference between “good guys” and “bad guys”.

6 – Fences – The age-old technology of the fence is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. They simply keep people out of places you do not want them to be. Install one if you are concerned with home security. Just be smart about it, they can create a false sense of security and even make you a target.

It’s just one tool you can use to make it harder for someone to snoop on your property. Most home fences can be easily scaled.

Hedges Around House Make Good Home Fortification

Thick Trees and Hedges Help Block Potential Criminals From Seeing In

Natural View Blocking Solutions

Big flamboyant houses with exuberant features and huge fences make for excellent targets.

It shouts, “We have lots of expensive stuff. So expensive we put up a huge fence.”

Not all fences are bad but most fences are mere child’s play for an experienced criminal or a desperate mob. But are ways to help conceal your house and naturally protect your privacy and provide security.

Mother nature has got you covered. Criminals won’t be able to scope your property out and develop a solid game plan if they can’t see in your windows from the street.

7 – Trees and Shrubs – If you are lucky enough to live in a house with a lawn or acreage, make use of it. Planting a lot of trees and shrubs around your home is not just good for property values; it is also effective at concealing your privacy.

They can also help block windows and driveways, front doors, patios, or backyards from view.

And the fewer prying eyes to roam your home, the better.

Shrubs can be planted strategically to funnel invaders into defined areas that are easy to keep watch of. There are also many thorny bushes like blackberry and raspberry vines that can act as physical barriers against threats.

Which brings us to the next thorny category:

8 – Cacti – These are nature’s barbed wire fences. In the days of Spanish colonization of the Americas, Spaniards would plant Mesquite around the perimeters of their homes.

This gangly, wild looking cactus would grow to well over 8 feet tall. It can serve as a perfect means of protection against unwelcome intruders.

Don’t underestimate a well-placed thorn bush or Cacti beneath your first-floor windows. I don’t care how motivated you are to break in, nobody wants to get stuck with a bunch of thorns trying.

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Don’t Allow Anyone To Peer In Your Windows When You’re Not At Home and At Night

9 – Blend In – Don’t Stick Out

Eye-catching, expensive looking houses are more likely to become targets. So do your best to keep your home flying under the radar.

You do not have to paint the house in a camouflage green to achieve this (actually that would stick out worse in most neighborhoods). Just avoid bright colors and stick to more natural hues. Park your vehicles in garages, around back or hide them under tarps.

Also, use window blinds or curtains to keep outsiders from seeing valuables or expensive items you might have.

Train Your Family

No sane individual would knowingly break into a house full of highly trained, sharp-shooting badasses?

Not only does a well-trained clan deter potential intruders, it ensures that every member of your family is capable of self-defense. This alone will grant you some semblance of peace of mind. But before you ship your relatives off to an army boot camp, do everything you can to prepare them with simpler means first.

10 – Take Your Family Shooting – It can be survival air rifles, .22’s, .357’s or AK-47’s or even a survival bow. As long as you get your loved one’s to understand how guns work, how to use them, and how to stay safe with them you’ve done your job.

Shooting is a great skill everyone should learn. It is useful for hunting and imperative for effective self-defense.

Oh, and get a suppressor for your home defense firearms. Stealth is a major advantage if when you’re under attack by multiple intruders.

11 – Martial Arts – Enrolling in a martial arts school is one of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for a home invasion.

I’d rather have a firearm than not, but I won’t be a sitting duck if I end up unarmed.

Picking a specific style can be difficult. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Mui Thai and Jiu Jitsu are all decent options to get started.

12 – Melee Weapons – A simple kitchen knife, baseball bat or golf club can become an effective self-defense weapon. But only if it’s in the hands of someone who knows how to use it effectively.

Bottom line: Your entire family should be both physically and mentally prepared to keep intruders at bay.

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Don’t Go Cheap On Front Or Back Door Locks

Fortify Your Home Focus On The High Risk and Weak Points First

It might seem intuitive to you, but you’d be surprised how many people are shocked when burglar’s gain access to their homes. Normally it’s through an unlocked window or a fragile sliding glass door!

Let’s break it down statistically and take a look. Here are the top seven common points of access criminals use to invade homes:

  • 34% – Through the front door
  • 23% – Through the first-floor windows
  • 22% – Through a back door
  •   9% – Through the garage
  •   6% – Though unlocked storage areas
  •   4% – Through basement or window
  •   2% – Through second-floor window

Obviously, the most important places to fortify are the front and back doors. Next, is all the first-floor windows.

But don’t stop there, you should reinforce all possible points of entry for maximum security.

13 – Reinforcing Front/Back Doors – Install some big solid doors, preferably built for reinforcement. You can buy these at hardware stores like Home Depot, and they are worth the investment.

Regular hollow core wooden or glass doors do not hold up well against a determined intruder. While you are working on your doors, it is always a good idea to install some quality locks. Add a deadbolt or two if you don’t have one already.

Class 2, one-inch deadbolts are recommended (at a minimum).

Ordinary doorframes are not the most durable security mechanisms, either.

By installing some three-inch screws can improve stability and durability by a factor of ten. This will help make it much harder to break through.

You might also want to buy a few of these devices for “extraordinary” times such as a SHTF event. Buddybar Door Jammer

14 – Securing Windows – Large glass-covered holes in your wall make for intuitive targets. Windows are easy access points and one of the first places an intruder will attempt.

Planting cacti or thorny bushes beneath windows can make it harder for home invaders to get through.

You can also add “stoppers” to make access even harder. These are just pins, nails, or screws that fasten the window down permanently. Anyone trying to gain access through a stoppered-window will waste time and make noise doing so.

Burglar bars and security film can also make it nearly impossible to gain access through a window. Burglar bars are bars that are fixed over the window so that, even if someone breaks the window, they still cannot gain access.

Security film is a thin layer of plastic that can be laid over the glass to keep it from shattering completely. Much like car windshields, this clever mechanism makes sure an intruder would have to break the entire window to enter. This is a loud and time-consuming effort most criminals prefer to avoid.

15 – Securing Your Walls – Usually, walls do not present a problem … unless the hulk is trying to break into your home (in which case: GOOD LUCK). But if someone decides to start shooting at the exterior of your home, drywall, and wooden studs are not going to save you.

Brick or stone walls are the best for mitigating this threat. But leave yourself “loopholes”. These are small openings from which you can see and shoot, without being seen or shot at.

16 – Block Up Those Chimneys – Who knows, right? Maybe someone is so intent on breaking into your home they decide to take the ash-tunnel route.

If you are in extreme danger and need to fortify to the greatest extent possible, then block up your chimney. You don’t want any bad Santa’s coming down the pipes.

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You’ll Want To Have Significant Fire Power At The Helm At All Times

17 – The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Make sure that you are well armed and equipped to manage a home invasion situation. Planting trees, painting the house and getting a German Shepard is great, but it is not always enough on its own.

You need to outfit your home fortification with as much firepower and ammunition as is necessary.

If you are serious about home defense (and you should be), set some booby-traps on your property. Simple things like trip wires with bells attached can be enough to alert you to intruders. But please, do not set up any lethal traps inside of your house.

First off, the are highly illegal. People have died at their own hands because they set off a booby trap they themselves set. Be careful when you set traps, if you are not vigilant you might just catch yourself.

Warning SignA Final Warning

Here is the rub: if someone is 100% determined to enter your home and rob you (or cause bodily harm) they probably can.

That is unless you have a well defended, best-prepared bulletproof home it can be broken into if a large enough group coordinates an attack. So you have 2 choices.

  1. Work towards making your home bulletproof.
  2. Have a backup plan if you’re not willing to get it up to bulletproof standards. Specify a “bug-out-location” with your family or roommates so that you have a place to regroup should your defenses fall.

Which leads to the next dark truth. You may not be able to stay in your house forever if you’re not prepared enough. This is especially true if you find yourself in urban city during an End Of The World As We Know It scenario

Areas with higher populations are more susceptible to violent riots and high levels of crime. So if you live in a big city or around a lot of people it is certainly in your best interest to develop a backup plan.

Evacuation doesn’t have to be a bad thing, change can be overcome, if you plan for it.

With luck, you’ll never have to defend your home from anyone or anything. That’s the hope.

But if things go south and you need to defend your home, you can make sure that you are prepared to the highest degree.

– Will Brendza

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  1. says

    I like you suggestion of making sure your house doesn’t stick out too much, but I think the best thing you can do is to have a fence and get a dog. Anything to make your house seem less appealing. However, I would steer clear of anything much more exotic than a dog, I hear that tigers make awful pets.

  2. Darkman says

    At our cabin we planted blackberries all around the outside except for the doorways. They work as a great deterrent for apex predators as well as unwanted guests. In a SHTF situation use bear boards. Take any old board and drive nails through it. lay them on the ground in front of the windows and cover with leaves and grass. Step on these and any unwanted creature will find somewhere else to be.

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