Easy and Effective Ways To Secure Your Home

Your home is your safe haven so making sure if is proctected from outside threats is a big deal. As I always say the best way to win the fight is to avoid it. Furthermore some of the best security measures are threat deterance. In this post I will give you my top 5 threat deterance that are both EASY and EFFECTIVE.

  1. Bushes– Plants and bushes are a very underrated way to keep criminals out of your home. Simply plant them in front of your windows, preferably plants with thorns such as roses and hollys. This has the added benefit of increasing your house aesthetically.
  2. Security Sign– Get a sign that says this house is protected by (fill in the blank). It really does not matter if it is true or not because normally a criminal will not chance it. Quite often this will make an intruder move on.
  3. Lighting– Being a well lit house is critical. Yes most intrusions happen during the day time but some do not, so have your lights set up. A set of motion detecting flood lights and porch lights go a long way. They both let the criminal know you can see them and let you know to look.
  4. Locks and more locks– I have been quoted saying that locks are only for the honest and this is generally true. That being said they sure slow things down. I seriously recommend having atleast a dead bolt on all entrance doors. I however suggest getting reinforced door frames and door bars. A door bar will keep some of the strongest legs from kicking your door open. Make sure to also pad lock your Bilco doors and to drop and door jam in all sliding doors and windows.
  5. A loud Dog– My favorite of all my alarms is my German Shepard. He is big, scary, and loud. Though he would not hurt a fly, an intruder does not know that. If the bark does not scare someone away, it lets you know someone is there. Your dog can hear things well before you can. Because of how scary his bark is I have even added a beware of dog sign just to really drive the point home.

There are plenty of ways to deter criminals and even more ways to foil their plans. This was a list of my 5 favorite deterance. If there are any that you think should be in my top five or if you just have a comment/question please comment below. We also love suggested subjects. Most of all… Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM.

Basic things everyone should have in their home

You cannot expect to survive hostile or inclimate situations if you have done nothing to prepare yourself and your family. As with everything in life, the winner was decided before the fight. It is all about the preparations.

Here is a list of basic things I keep in my house that everyone should have.

  1. Water– This one goes without saying. Water is the source of life, keep it around and in high volumes. Preferred would be bottles to protect it from possible contamination. A store brand case of water will only run you about $3.00. My wife and I add it to every grocery list and store it in the basement. Cheap, easy, and can save your family.
  2. Long Lasting Food– This is another no brainer. Riding out the storm is no fun with no food. There are several cheap options to go with. While there not our favorite foods they can keep us alive when in need. Cheap and easy to store options include: Spam, vienna sausage, flavored rice packs, oatmeal, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and much more. Be weary of foods that require water as you do not want to run out of it.
  3. Wireless Radio– Whether it be battery or crank powered radio may be your only way to get updates on what is going on. I lean toward crank because I do not risk running out of batteries but anything is better than nothing.
  4. First aid kit– First aid is a must have. Get the supplies and learn to use them. You can build a perfectly fine kit at your local dollar store for under $30.00 or build a surg bag for hundreds. I will do a post on my surg bag soon. Hopefully the bag is never needed but do not take that chance.
  5. Distractions– Last thing on the “basics” list is something to pass the time. Who knows how long this will last so give your family something to ease the stress. My family has some card games, books, board games, yard games, etc. Of all the things to go wrong, loosing your mind is the worst.

I will be doing a more advanced list soon. Until then get your basics together. As always do not forget to subscribe to the Master Tactics family. Thanks, stay safe, and never be a victim!