Prep Monday—Security

I know I’ve talked about this often, but you really can’t have too much security around your homestead. Okay, maybe some things are a little over the top, but just like anything else, you have to construct, implement, and practice on a consistent basis.

We have had some fencing from the beginning, nearly the entire property. All but one side has been mostly fenced at one time, but two sides need repair and the front had huge gaps—most obviously by our gate.

Today, that changed. Four-strand barbed wire is now in place.

See, this has been on our list for some time and last week we bought materials. But when our neighbor called yesterday, and we were on the road about 30 miles away, to tell us someone had simply zoomed AROUND our closed and locked gate and gone to the house, I’ll admit that I panicked.

A bit.

He texted back soon after that it was the mail carrier. Still pisses me off. Who the hell drives around a locked gate?? Mail delivery or not!

So we stepped up our timetable.

Our purpose in buying materials when planning to put up the fence “soon” was because, well, you never know what’s going to happen and you certainly don’t know if any wire or posts will be available for purchase. So we planned ahead.

Yes, I know security is crucial and it should have been done sooner. The point is that nothing happened—although it could have—and now we have one less worry.

We’ve also installed a small security system and will be adding to it. It’s quite simple: motion detectors with a receiver that sounds in the house.

Honestly, it’s annoying as hell when one of us goes to the barn or gate and we forget to turn it off . . .

But it also sounds off by gate and is guaranteed to scare the crap out of anyone wandering around up there.

Additionally, we have a mobile receiver in case we’re not actually in the house and someone enters the property—by the gate as well as other points along our boundaries.

Overkill? I think not. You can’t stand in the middle of the farm and see everything, after all.

Let’s not forget neighbors—if ours hadn’t been paying attention and been able to contact us, and, of course, if it was someone besides the mail carrier, we’d have been in trouble.

And I can’t stress this enough: lock up at night and when you leave the property; maybe even when you’re out and about working on site. It really depends on your personal situation.

Around here, there aren’t many people that have business on our road; it’s a dead end and besides the neighbor across the road, there’s only one other family past us that normally accesses their property from here. Anything new or different, someone will notice and check it out.

Basic security—perimeter is first and depends on deterrence. Deterrence hinges on on ease of access: a gap versus barbed wire and heavily wooded property versus a cleared and clean look. You need some kind of alarm to tell you that perimeter has been breached, which allows for your second line of defense.

And that is often up to you.

Around here, I suspect the ETA of any deputies, or perhaps highway patrol, is at least 20-30 minutes by road. It could be less, sure, particularly if a LEO happens to be on a county road or state highway nearby. Still, we’re looking at probably close to ten minutes in that case.

That, too, is assuming there IS law enforcement. During SHTF, there probably won’t be.

Your home, it goes without saying, should be defensible and you should have backup plans for even that.





5 comments on “Prep Monday—Security

  1. My problem with making the house inaccessible is that, living in the country as we do, all the mail that doesn’t fit in the mail box and all the FedEx and UPS packages that get left on the porch would stop. We’d find notes there instead and we’d have to drive into town to pick up the stuff. Since we’re not in town, we get lots of packages since we order stuff on line rather than driving an hour to the Walmart.


    • You don’t have to make the house inaccessible 24/7, at least not now. If that time ever comes, I doubt packages would be delivered anyway.

      We’re about half an hour from a WM and we use delivery a lot. Mostly, we’re here, and when we are, the gates are open. System is still on, though, so we know if anyone’s coming. If we’re gone, I’d rather no one be here. Of course, our PO is just a few miles away – once, the driver called and asked us to meet her at the PO even though it was closed, just so we could get the package.


  2. Hopefully, most of your packages will get through with a minimum of hassle.


  3. Linda says:

    Talk to your UPS driver. I have been a holiday helper and if you provide a secure Rubbermaid box or an agreed drop off location the packages will get delivered. One house had a canvas bag hanging from a tree outside the fence!


    • This was the US Mail. I don’t have a problem making arrangements or waiting for delivery; the problem was that one should NEVER go around a locked gate, for any reason.


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