A man protects his family. It’s our biological imperative to ensure the safety and survival of those we love. A simple way of doing this is fortifying your home to would-be intruders, and you can do it without spending thousands on a security system. This will be the first article of probably many concerning home security and emergency preparedness. I am not an expert, but I have been researching and want to share what I learn along the way.

  1. Fortify Entry Points
  • Make sure your doors are made of wood or metal, and not hollow core.
  • Install a deadbolt and chain lock.
  • If you have glass around your doors (skinny windows for aesthetics), consider installing Plexiglas in between the two panes. There’s no sense in having a solid door with holes around it to reach in. Don’t do this to other windows that would be an emergency exit in case of fire.
  • If you have a pet door, make sure it’s secured when you aren’t around.
  • The back door and garage door are the weakest, and therefore easiest to breach.
  • Fortify your windows and sliding doors with bars in the tracks. Latches fail easily. I use a simple wooden dowel that’s easily removed from the inside. PVC pipe works, too, but you can buy professional-grade bars if desired.
  1. Reduce your Notability
  • Close your blinds/curtains when you aren’t at home. Most break-ins are premeditated, so don’t give any indication as to the valuables inside your home. Take away the opportunity for burglars to look into your windows.
  • Wreck the packaging for expensive items before putting it to the curb.
  • If you drive a nice vehicle, park it in your garage.
  1. Make it Difficult For The Intruder 
  • Grow/plant thorny shrubbery near windows. It could deter intruders, or at least potentially collect DNA (blood, skin cells) or scraps of clothing which could also have DNA on it.
  • Install motion-sensitive flood lights and other lighting outside.
  • Don’t have tall shrubs or trees near your house. It makes it easy for burglars to hide and get close without being seen.
  • Get a dog. Even a small one that just barks a lot can be enough to scare an intruder away.
  • Use “Beware of Dog” signs, even if you don’t have a dog.
  • Use an anchored or large/heavy safe to store your valuable items and documents. Change the combination every so often.
  1. Prepare to Defend Your Family
  • Ensure that you have some means of defense in logical and accessible areas. Don’t have a baseball bat that is your main form of defense stored beside your front door. I have a baseball bat in my bedroom, for example. Be logical.
  • Don’t use a biometric gun safe, as sweaty/bloody fingers may not work for the scanner. Rubber buttons work well, according to my research.
  • Don’t use a gun/light combo. Have a separate flashlight. This will prevent you from pointing your gun at cops, friends, or family members by accident.
  • If you have a gun, know how to use it properly and keep it stored safely at all times.
  • Exercise. Optimize your physical strength through training and calisthenics. Grow stronger as a man for confidence in your ability to subdue anybody who would do harm to you, your wife, or your children.
  • Understand the laws in your area to know how to legally handle intruders.

This is meant to be an intro to the ways in which you can fortify your home against those who would do your family harm. Please share any thoughts of your own in the comments. I may add them to the list.

Don’t leave yourself defenseless.