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Place a Bed of Nails or tire spikes.
Set out the welcome mat (a bed of nails)! Plywood with a bed of
nails is a surprise element that someone could step into inside of
a fenced gate entrance. Create a bed of nails by driving them into
a piece of plywood. Place the "bed of nails" on the An additional
benefit, of you have nails and plywood around, you'll be able to
board up the windows or fix windows that break. Do everything
you can to impede zombies: set up booby traps to wear them
down. Hungry looters will go for easier prey.

  • Make a bed of nails with thumbtacks. Implore clever use of
    thumb tacks by creating an instant "bed of nails." Have a few
    boxes handy, so you can throw the thumb tacks at key
    entryways to your home when SHTF. Unsuspecting zombies
    may sustain injuries to their feet. It won't kill them, but it
    will deter them just enough enabling you a chance to round
    up some more ammo.

Set up some Barbed Wire or Chicken Wire.

  • Barbed wire or razor wire. Barbed wire can provide a good
    measure of security though traditionally barbed wire serves
    to protect grass boundary, railway or highway. For the
    surprise element, place barbed wire on the top inside fences!
    Hiding barbed wire will provide cause an intruder to get a
    severe cut and leave. The idea is to make intruders know
    that you are prepared. They will go for an easier target
    because you are prepared with a fortress.

  • Chicken wire. Use a staple-gun to secure chicken wire
    around the windows of your home to make it defensible as
    an obstacle against intruders who would might throw bottles
    and rocks to gain access to your building. This technique is a
    way to fortify for a bug-in.

Simulate a blackout with black plastic bags.
Make it look as though you have no luxury of power and fortify
your personal security in this way by hiding. Create a blackout
effect by sealing windows with a heavy duty black trash bags and
duct tape to ensure the light around windows and doors doesn't
leak through. If the zombies can't see you have light, then they
won't know you have resources.

Get Sandbags now, fill them later.
Sandbags don't take much space and you can fill them with gravel
or dirt when you need it. Sandbags can secure gates and doors
from opening easily helping to stall the intrusion. Sandbags also
provide a layer of protection: the more mass the better to shield
against radiation or bullets.

Get some geese.
Yes, this is an unusual idea, however, if you have a large
property where it's feasible to have some geese, then have them
on your property. They'll make an excellent warning system!

Keep mace and know how to use it.
Gaining a few valuable minutes to handle an intruder at close
range, mace can help you grab your gun and your family protect
the homestead. Mace is also a helpful option for those who are
not trained in firearms and safety. In an extreme situation,
instruct children in your household on the use of mace. In a
reasonable way, even children can defend themselves upon

Have some defense fogger pepper spray handy.
Put on your gas mask and send intruders home crying with the
Sabre Home Defense Fogger Spray, pictured immediate right.
With this spray, you can target a 25-range to defend your
property in a non-lethal way; however, be warned that this
pepper spray foggert is so powerful that it may affect you as well,
which is why we recommend the gas mask.

Know how to use improvised weapons.
Review our list of improvised weapons:

  • Have an axe or two on hand. An axe could come in handy
    to chop a tree to make a barricade as well as to deter

  • Other clever weapons to have on hand, a baseball bat.

  • Even a Smith & Wesson pellet gun, pictured right, could
    serve as a deterrent. It's a replica of one of the newest S&W
    designs and has a drop-free 19-shot BB magazine.

Preppers Notes on Deploying Decoys
If you convince the gang of zombies that all you have is a few
cans of beans, they'll likely be happy and leave with a meal for
the evening. In this way, it looks like you've been fighting to save
your last food. Know that you can talk your way out of anything.

These ideas will get you started. Armed with a few techniques to
deter, delay and defend your homestead, you will surely find
some new and clever ways to guard your property on your own. To
read more detailed strategies, purchase
Prepper's Home Defense,
a book by Jim Cobb, pictured immediate left. This excellent new
book will help you find security strategies to protect your family
by any means necessary.

You'll be building more fires when SHTF, so you'll need a measure
or protection against flames. Protect your clothing and your
hearth with Fireguard spray, right. Nontoxic and non-carcinogenic
-- safe for people and pets. It's main goal is to prevent fabrics
from ignition and spread of fire, so you can use it on household
fabrics, draperies and curtains, upholstery, and other natural and
synthetic materials (with the exception of leather). Interior
furnishings are the number one contributing factor to the swift
spread of fire and smoke within a home, so this may be part of
your overall shelter plans to mitigate threats from marauders on
your home fortress.

    Consider these clever ideas to protect the homestead to
    avoid confrontation:

  • Hiding: In the event a gang of marauders finds a way on
    your premises, you can hide. Many preppers opt for a safe
    room or underground bunker. An underground bunker is an
    expensive option worth considering, and you can invest in a
    pricey safe room too, but a safe room doesn't have to be
    that fancy. It can be relatively inexpensive to disguise a
    secret passage in your home to an attic, garage, closet or
    space between the walls to hide temporarily. In hiding, you
    will avoid confrontation with a group of individuals you may
    not otherwise be able to defend yourself against. Deceiving
    the gang could be as simple as mounting a large mirror or a
    small piece of furniture to camouflage the entrance.

    Another way to hide is to have a secret escape tunnel to a
    different part of the property. In this way, you can have a
    direct fire of control on the marauders who have invaded your
    space. This could be a crawl space or escape hatch from your

    Secured and hidden storage is another area to concentrate
    your prepping efforts. While many preppers have gun safes,
    they rarely lock their food when they should. A hidden food
    cache in several locations is widely practiced, but preppers
    should consider putting a lock and key to #10 cans and food
    grade buckets.

    Finally, hiding can also mean you camouflage your person to
    hide in plain site! Hiding as a homeless person, for example,
    is a technique of camouflage (or "bugging in") where your
    aim is to look like a "have not." A prepper might use this
    strategy to blend in with society in an effort to retrieve a
    cache of food or supplies. A prepper might also use this
    strategy as a sort of an urban ghillie suit to analyze the civil
    unrest and assess the situation for bugout or to find allies.

  • Distracting and confusing: In the event of civil unrest, a
    strategy to employ to confuse and distract looters is to
    throw useless items on the lawn to make it appear that the
    property has already been looted. Broken glass scattered
    strategically might also make the property appear previously
    pilfered. Such tactics could provide essential and sufficient
    distraction while a family is thriving safely inside in a safe
    room or bunker.

  • Safeguarding: To defend your home from looting in the
    event of civil unrest, there are several ways you can

Having the forethought to invest in body armor, such as a
affordable bullet-proof vest can enhance preparedness on the
defensive strategy. Other non-conventional tools of self defense
might include using Wasp spray or Bear spray (instead of mace).

Looking to build a shelter in the wild?

How to create shelter when you bug out:
Shelter is among the first considerations when you are in survival
mode. Being prepared means securing your shelter in uncertain
times. Shelter is of paramount importance when it comes to
wilderness survival. In fact, it's at the apex of the survival.

The survival rule of three is that you can survive:
  1. three minutes without air.
  2. three days without water.
  3. three weeks without food.

Many preppers have expanded the concept to include shelter.
Namely that a human can live just three hours of harsh weather
exposure without shelter.

In the unfortunate event that shelter suffers damage of any kind,
the Happy Prepper has a personal "
bug out" plan. The basic
human instinct of
fight or flight dominates the decision to "bug
in" or "bug out."

Learn how to build shelter in the wild using Hawke's Special
Forces Survival Handbook, lower left. In it, the author, T.V.
personality and survivalist Mykel Hawke, illustrates basic survival
shelters for various scenarios. It's a gorgeous book, well laid out
with loads of valuable information. It's just about
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prepper can spend on Amazon.

In the event of a cataclysmic event, Preppers often speculate how
gangs will form from the surviving ranks following a catastrophe.
Banding together, these new gangs will go from house to house
to forage whatever they can, taking life and limb. How will you
defend your home?

How does someone get into your property? There are six points of

Point of entry #1: Your Vacation.
An open opportunity to intruders is your vacation!
July through
August are good months for thieves to break in your home when
you are off on vacation, particularly just before school starts. Did
you know February is the month least likely to have a break in?
That's because you're likely home from the holidays; you've used
up all your vacation; and the kids are in school.

    Among the telltale signs you're on vacation, include:
  • fliers, newspapers and circulars scattered on the
  • mailbox jammed with magazines and mail;
  • no cars parked in the driveway (or cars in the driveway,
    but the RV missing);
  • no dogs on the property (when usually they are busy
  • no lights in the home for days;
  • no doorbell response.

  • Defensive solutions:

  • Don't brag about vacations, business trips, or weekend
    getaways, but do inform your most trusted neighbors just
    when you are leaving.

  • Make sure to have cars parked in your front yard (ask a
    neighbor or friend to park an extra car in your space).

  • Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers, or stop
    your mail and newspaper deliveries.

  • Inform several neighbors of your whereabouts so they can
    scout out your home for trouble.

  • Hire a dog sitter instead of sending your dog(s) to the

  • Fix your doorbell.

  • Get a dog! Even little ankle-biting yappers will deter theft.

Point of Entry #2: An open garage door/ and even one that's
A garage door is often the weakest link by carelessness alone.
Complacency sets in when occupants feel safe in the
neighborhood, and then they simply forget to lock the garage.
Always lock the garage door, but know also that entry through an
unlocked garage isn't always the case. Forcible entry through the
garage commonplace because a would-be thief will attract less
attention at this point of entry.

  • Defensive solution: A Security Camera. The Security 2020
    dummy dome security camera, pictured right, is the same
    model used by major retailers to deter theft and criminal
    activity in parking lots, garages, and store facilities. The
    dome gives the impression your garage is under 360 degree
    video surveillance. All weather domes is easy to mount.

Point of Entry #3 Locked and unlocked windows.
It takes only a good swing of a baseball bat to crack open your
windows. Pre-laminated glass is an expensive option.

  • Defensive solution: Clear safety window film is an effective

Point of Entry #4: Your locked front door.
An ordinary locked door poses an easy break-in opportunity for

  • A credit card is all it takes to slide open the locks of a
    typical apartment door (no fancy lock-picking tools required).

  • A point of entry is through a house or apartment is often a
    swift kick to break the door.

Point of Entry #5: French door in the rear.
Since police enter from the front, burglars often choose to enter
and leave your property through the sliding glass doors in the
patio. Often homeowners or tenants will leave the door open for a
pet, dog walker or family member, or they forget to close them!
You can deter entry by placing a wooden rod at the sliders. French
doors are particularly weak. In either case, they will break glass if
necessary, but that will cause unwanted noise. They will have no
hesitation to break them if the risk is low.

Point of Entry #6: Master bedroom.
In bad times, marauders will probably enter the kitchen first, but
in good times it's the master bedroom that's the point of entry.

Happy endings...
The happiest ending possible to a home intrusion is to avoid one
altogether! Advanced planning and resourcefulness is what it's all
about. Start to think creatively so you're only "home alone" if you
want to be!

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Installing a door jam or simple stick in a sliding glass door could
provide just the amount of delay necessary. A good option is a
Buddybar Door Jammer, pictured right. By placing a 2' x 4'
between front door and inside steps or wall could deter a forced
entry. Or try a 3" screw into the studs to fortify. Door jam armour
is  extremely effective and will provide peace of mind.

  • Security Striker Plates for door jams (installation
    required): To combat 34% wood jam (security strike plates).
    A regular deadbolt won't do the trick, you'll need a
    commercial grade deadbolt to deter the intruders. Security
    Striker plates is an inexpensive fix to enhance the door
    strength and security, which is peace of mind in itself, but it
    won't work for door jams that have been damaged by a break-
    in. Fix the door-jam first, then install your strike box. (You'll
    need to drill and shape the jam to fit the box). The process
    will make your door jam much stronger.

  • Door Jammer (no installation required). Pictured in red at
    the top of the page, the DoorJammer is a unique, new and
    innovative portable door security device for anyone needing
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    any room and provide peace of mind. It's portable, discreet
    yet highly effective. It fits most doors in seconds to 'jam' the
    door shut.

Deterrent #4: Anti-climb spikes and concertina wire.
Have a professional install anti-climb spikes if legal. Anti-climb
spikes could provide you with extra peace of mind that intruders
won't easily gain entry to your home. Check with local laws as
these are extremely dangerous and may be highly regulated in
your locale.
Consider deploying concertina wire, too.

How to deter entry post SHTF (unconventional ideas):
How you defend your home in the event of a civil disturbance is
radically different from how you'd would on an every day basis.
It's your job to create a defensible space with barriers and booby
traps to impede intruders. The more obstacles you have, the more
chance you have at attrition (wearing down the enemy). For
starters, try: barbed wire, chicken wire, nail beds, sand bags, and
hour creativity.

Here's how to fortify your castle and deter intruders in uncertain

Firearms and the constitution.
In a world without rule of law, your gun is your best peace of
mind for security. You may also like to carry the constitution with
you so that you may defend your 2nd Amendment rights should
the so-called "authorities" try to gain entry.

  • Open carry your rights! For just a buck you can own this 52-
    page pocket sized booklet of the Constitution of the United
    States (including The Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-27)
    and The Declaration of Independence.

Leave Gang "evidence" with spray paint.
In the early stages of uncertain times, you might thwart an gang
attack or individual intrusion by using spray paint to mark a
"territory" with gang-like symbols. Practice on cardboard. Our
readers have also suggested scattering about debris on the
property to make it look as though the property already has been

Give cues that "Cujo" lives here.
Make it look like you have a dog, even if you don't own one. Place
a big dog dish of water and a big chew toy to imply you have a
huge dog. Intruders may not want to battle a large and hungry
apocalypse dog! It may be just the incentive they need to go to
another home. As  mentioned above, display a "Guard dog on
Duty" sign (even if you don't have a dog).

  • NOTE: In times of famine a small dog may be considered
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How to defend your home and property:
Before you learn to set up boobytraps around your home, you'll
need to spend time learning how to dismantle them! Find out how
boobytraps work, why they are used in the army, and the tactics
behind their set-up. Learn the mechanics of the various types of
firing devices, detonators, fuses, cords, adapters, blasting caps,
and lighters. Also included are detailed instructions for detecting
and removing boobytraps.

Prepper Home Defense Tactics
Every home is a man's castle, but a prepper thinks about his
home in terms of fortifying a castle. To protect your home from
everyday burglary and invasion, employ these tools:

Deterrent #1: Hang a foreboding sign.
Avert danger altogether with a sign. There are many kinds of
signs you can get:

  • Sign #1: Biohazzard or Quarantine sign. A BIOHAZZARD
    sign or QUARANTINE sign will deter intrusion during a

  • Sign #2: Home security sign. The first layer of "prepper
    defense" is a home security sign! It's a wonderful deterrent
    even if you don't actually have a home alarm system and
    even if you've quit your home security service. Keep thieves
    guessing.  While such a sign will do you absolutely no good
    in a world without rule of law, it's good to have. Get a real
    home security sign, and not a fake. You don't have to steal
    the sign. Instead, sign up for the plan and allow the vendor
    to install signage and equipment. Then cancel. You get to
    keep the signs!

  • Sign #3: Nothing inside is worth dying for sign. While the
    NOTHING INSIDE IS WORTH DYING FOR sign is funny, it's
    also a sign that you are ready to defend! It is not without a
    note of caution that we remind you that this sign also sends
    a clear message to looters that you have firearms. If you put
    up such a sign, be sure you're ready. Incidentally, it also
    sends a clear message to a court of law that you're a little
    trigger happy. A jury could use this against you.

  • Sign #4: No Trespassing sign. Place several NO
    TRESPASSING signs at the perimeter of your property if you
    have a lot of land. It's probably your best defense in home
    signage both in a world with and without rule of law. Where
    to place a "no trespassing sign" if you have a house?
    Prioritize your defenses on the right-hand side of your
    property. Human instinct is to head in the direction of their
    dominant hand and since 90% of the population is right-
    handed, you know where intruders will attempt first to strike.
    Secure the right hand entrances first!

  • Sign #5: Beware of dog sign. Place a BEWARE OF DOG sign
    at the entrance to your home or GUARD DOG ON DUTY sign
    in a world without rule of law.

  • Don't have a dog? If you don't own a dog, go ahead
    and place the sign anyway! This could be a scare tactic,
    particularly if you place a large bowl of water and huge
    bone at the entrance of the back yard. This "evidence"
    may be enough to thwart looters to an easier target
    home. However, in times of famine, a dog might be
    considered pray and you'd not employ this tactic. If you
    don't have a dog, consider getting one! Good options
    include a Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German
    Shepherd or a Rottwieler.

  • Have a dog? If a dog is part of your pack, don't put up
    a foreboding dog sign in peaceful times, because it
    could be a legal nightmare for you in the event your dog
    bites someone. It means that you know you have a
    vicious dog and that you did nothing to prevent your
    dog from biting! Afterall, you knew your dog was
    dangerous, why didn't you chain him up? Courts may
    cite your negligence! Use it only for a world without rule
    of law. Again, a "no trespassing" sign is more
    appropriate and defensible in a court of law.

Deterrent #2: Bullet proof glass, tempered glass or
window film.
Extremely committed preppers install bullet proof glass; however
this an expensive option. Fortifying windows with window film or
tempered is a less expensive option. Be sure to install window
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