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Homemade Booby Traps: Enter At Your Own Risk

By SS Contributor | Last Updated: April 14, 2015

Homemade Booby TrapsA survivalist homemade booby trap is a device intended to automatically detect, scare, injure or kill.

To protect your homestead from unsuspecting threats.

For our purposes, a threat is anyone trying to enter our property or homes without your permission.

Thieves, bandits, gangs, etc.

During times of normalcy, it’s essential to keep the booby traps to the non-lethal, non-threatening sort. Simple alarm tripwires and such.

Yet, when SHTF…all bets are off…

So we will first cover 2 alert-based traps. 

Then several outdoor homemade booby traps and finally share a few home entrance booby traps.

Remember: In order for any of these booby traps to work, they must be discreet and out of sight of its intended victim.


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Alarm Trip Wires and Booby Traps

Your current focus should be on traps that alert you to intruders.

Traps that allow you to either hide, fight or getaway.

1. The Air Horn Trip Wire Booby Trap

First up is an air horn alarm tripwire.

This is a perfect setup to detect if anyone is attempting to sneak onto your property.

2. The Explosive Trip Wire Booby Trap

Next up is another alarm-based booby trap but uses explosives to create both noise and a flash.

3. The Sound Grenade Booby Trap

And here’s a third way to set up a perimeter alarm system.

This one is my personal favorite and extremely simple to set up.

First, pick up a few of these new Sound Grenades.

Tie a thin natural colored tripwire to either end and then around nearby trees. This setup will pull the pin on the Sound Grenade. Once the Sound Grenades pin is pulled it will emit an ear-piercing 130 dB siren.

Half the battle to defending your home is to be aware when a threat is present.

One of the biggest challenges to SHTF home defense is getting sound sleep. This is no easy task with the constant threat of an ambush.

Placing these tripwires around your property will allow you some much-needed sleep. Because you can rely on them to wake you at the first indication of a trespasser.

Now that you’ve got your alarm booby traps set…it’s time to plan the next level of traps.

Note: Setting up any of the following traps in and around your home is highly illegal.  These examples are for illustrative purposes ONLY to prepare you for SHTF.

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Property Booby Traps

4. The Swinging Log Trap

This booby trap is ideal if you own property with mature trees to work with.

You should use natural obstacles on your property’s perimeter to channel threats into a single location (using tall fences, bushes, etc) then add this trap at that location.

5. The Spring Spear Trap

You can hide this booby trap in a lot of locations on your property.

It can be made much larger if so desired. Obviously, a larger device would create more damage and harm.

6. The Rock Swing with Spikes Booby Trap

The rock swing with spikes is a simple booby trap to make and would be effective.

Hang this booby trap up high on a tree branch with a tripwire trigger. This device will swing down with speed and injury anybody in its path.

Even if it doesn’t hit its intended target, it would be an excellent deterrent.

Why? Because when someone sees this booby trap swing past them they will think twice about continuing.

Rock Fall With Spikes

7. The Log Swing With Spikes Trap

Similar to the previous booby trap we covered, but even more lethal.

The wider the log, the less chance of missing the intended target.

Spiked Log

8. The Spike Pit Booby Traps

You can dig hidden pits in strategic locations on your property. These can be either large or small.

Smaller pits would injure feet when stepped in while larger ones could be deadly.

Spike Pit

Spike Pit 2

Home Defense Booby Traps

If it’s truly SHTF and an intruder makes it past the alarm trips wires.

If he somehow avoids your property booby traps, then you’ll need to rely on some home defense traps set up on your home entrances.

9. The Simple But Effect Nail Spikes

Nail spikes are easy to make burglar traps and can be used at every entrance location.

These work best when hidden from plain view and can be set up on front porches or outside beneath lower-level windows.

You may also want to pair this boobie trap with some security window film. That way, an intruder won’t be able to quickly shatter and break out your window.

Homemade Booby Traps Nail Spikes

10. Electrocution Window Sills and Door Knobs

Using large batteries and a bit of copper wire you can electrically charge anything metal.

If you set this booby trap up correctly, then anyone who grabs the doorknob or metal window sill will get a nice shock.

The more electrical juice, the bigger the shock.

Here’s a video of this concept done as a prank, but its application for home defense purposes is legit.

Main Entrance Homemade Booby Traps

11. The Chemical Bucket Drop

Here’s another simple booby trap to set up.

Use a bucket (or old paint can) and add some nasty chemicals to it.

Then position the can above a door on a floating shelf with a wire tied to the can. When the door opens, the can tips over, and the chemicals fall onto the intruder.

12. The Shot Gun Booby Trap

The trigger of a shotgun is set up with the action of opening a door.

The shotgun must be mounted securely for this to work. This is an extremely illegal and deadly booby trap.

It’s not something you should set up under normal circumstances.

Shot Gun Booby Trap

Obviously, you won’t find any videos of this setup in action.

However, here’s a good prank video that gives you an idea of how this booby trap setup would work.


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13. The Ear Piercing Door Stop Alarm

Everyone should have alarm systems at their main entrance locations; front door and back door.

But nobody wants to spend a crazy amount of money on an alarm system and that’s before the monitoring fees.

door stop alarm

Instead, you should invest in a couple of these Door Stop Alarms.

door stop alarm 2

An intruder would think twice about entering after triggering one of these insanely loud alarm devices.

14. The Guard Dog

While not technically a homemade booby trap, having a loyal guard dog is another badass way to deter intruders.

The sight and sound of an attacking German Sheppard will keep most sane people away.

German Sheppard

Action Steps To Setting Up Your Homemade Booby Traps

  • Research: Familiarize yourself with what makes a good booby trap and easy to make booby traps. Learn how to make booby traps out of household items.
  • Materials: You can get the alarm materials here and here. Purchase the best materials for your homemade booby trap to make them more effective.
  • Layout: Locate the ideal placements for your booby traps.
  • Practice: Practice making several of these booby traps and test them to ensure they work correctly.

Every survivalist should be prepared to make these homemade traps, but don’t stop there. When SHTF there will be millions of people looking for food, water, and shelter. You need to be prepared to defend what’s yours.

But not only should you booby trap your property, but it’s also essential that you learn all the home security and defense measures.

I want to highlight two of the BEST home defense tools. Why? Because most break-ins occur through doors or windows.

1. Armor Concepts Door Armor

Armor Concepts Door Armor

Armor Concepts sells door armor! Door Armor is a patented door security device system that reinforces the weak points on your existing doors.

So you should always reinforce those points of entry as best as you can. These products help you do just that!

AND the cost of these products is very reasonable if you ask me – especially for what you get –> “insane peace of mind”.

Watch the following video on how well this door reinforcement device works.

2. Window Security Film

Window Security Film

First, if you’re serious about protecting your windows – you should read our article about Security Window FilmIt covers many details we don’t have time to discuss here…

In general, there are several types of film and there are also other window solutions such as burglar bars, riot glass, or security screens.

But for most people who just want a quick good looking window security upgrade, window security film is your best bet.

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

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