Hardening Your Property

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Hardening Your Property

#1 Post by Homesteader » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:18 pm

Much of defense is making yourself (or your property) a more difficult target than others in the area.

Someone who is in shape, keeps his/her head on a swivel, and carries themselves with confidence is much less likely to be mugged than someone who portrays the opposite.

The same is true with your property. Hardening your property is no guarantee that you'll be left alone, but it does make it a less-appealing target to petty criminals or potential food thievery.

A few things that could make your property a little harder that I have implemented on my own homestead:

1) No-climb wire. Called horse wire around here, it contains 2"x4" rectangular squares of woven wire, and it is impossible to climb. Very difficult and time-consuming to cut through, as well. Frequently seen around here with two strands of barbed wire above it, this makes a fairly difficult barrier to defeat. It's certainly possible, but it takes time and there's a much greater chance of being spotted.

2) Lighting. Motion-detecting lights are great for a lot of reasons, not least of which is causing a potential intruder to flee when a blast of light suddenly appears.

3) Dogs. Pretty self-explanatory!

4) High grade chains and locks on gates. Chain that can't be cut by manual bolt cutters is only moderately more expensive than a "typical" chain, and locks can be found with a rating of 8 or 9, which requires a hydraulic cutter to destroy. If you're securing your gate with a chain of this manner, and wrapping around something metal (my property has welded pipe fencing) then you're going to prevent vehicular entrance unless they're willing to destroy their bumper by driving through the gate. Get a good enough gate, and that's not an option either.

5) Speaking of gates and entrances, throw a motion-detecting light to oversee them, as well as be sure your bolts are inverted so a gate can't be lifted off.

6) Get to know your neighbors. You and your family have a limited amount of available eyeballs - add your neighbor's to the mix! This might be difficult if you live "way out in the sticks" like I do, but every little bit helps. Good neighbors can be amazing assets!

7) Know the most likely threats in your area. You can get Google Alerts to send you a daily email with whatever terms you choose. I have "XXXXXX County" as an alert, and get a daily email. Similar terms could be "My county crime" or "my city crime." These will give you a good feel for what's going on criminally in your area.

8) Pre-plan the defense of your property with your family. What happens if you hear someone breaking into your barn in the middle of the night? What's the average response time for the police? What's your best exit for situations on the north, south, east, or west of your property? What is your spouse or family to do in an emergency? These things require pre-planning, because you won't have time to logically plan these things out should something happen.

9) Know your defensive tools well. If that's a firearm (and it should be) know it well. Go shooting at least every couple of months. Even better, seek out a training facility and take some classes. Don't risk your life and your family's well being, especially in potentially devastating GSM circumstances, on a weapon that you are not intimately familiar with and used to.

None of these things will guarantee that you are able to successfully protect your family and homestead, but each one of them increase the odds in your favor. I am thinking long and hard about potential issues in this department as food will become more scarce, and small farms and homesteads that are growing food will become more targeted.

These are my tips, feel free to comment or add more below!

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Re: Hardening Your Property

#2 Post by Pyra » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:32 pm

Excellent list of points, Homesteader.
Were I to add anything to your list, I'd just elaborate on #1 point you made. We have woodland behind us that "ravenous zombie hordes running pell mell through the dark moonlight" could use to storm the house from the rear. But that has changed for us over the last few years as we have been digging boulders/ rocks out of the ground to build structures. This means that the woodlands is now filled with ankle-breaking/ knee wrenching potholes, divets, and pits. Not only that, but the ground here is littered with smaller jagged rocks that jut from the surface, like "teeth of the earth". Anyone falling or stumbling in a hole and falling against those rocks will be broken by them. And since fall covered most of those with nice fluffy leaves, it is now a defensive thing.

That got me to thinking---what about those who have trails or paths of least resistance behind homes that ought not have traffic (except for YOUR OWN) and adding trip hazards and other obstacles?

Another great obstacle(s) are natural ones such as hedgewood trees, wild rose bush clusters, brambles, and cedar trees. Some might think to plant some hedgewood (Osage Orange) to block certain vantage points.

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Re: Hardening Your Property

#3 Post by Ice Age Prepper » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:15 am

Most all of your points will not stop determined raiders.

I started covering each of the points you made with counterpoints based on real world happenings. Then I thought, why bother, just search YT for South African farm attacks. You will learn how these murderous rape gangs plan and work an attack upon a homestead with security like you mentioned here.


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