Many people tend to think largely about having a good stockpile of food, water and medical supplies when it comes to prepping, but self-defense is just as important. This can be a controversial topic within the prepping world, and beliefs about which weapons are ideal can be quite divisive. However, self-defense is not just about having the right firearms or other defensive weapons. Instead, it is your overall defensive strategy that could mean the difference between life and death.
Here’s a look at 5 of the must-have self-defense items outlined by Ask a Prepper.
A plan for defense
It is essential to have a solid defensive plan in place that involves determining in advance who will do what under the different circumstances that might be encountered in an emergency situation. It is best to think of every potential scenario and how each person in the family can work together to defend the home.
Surveillance and lighting
Only the biggest families can get a clear view of all sides of the home when under attack, which is why surveillance cameras and good lighting can be so useful. Of course, you will want to look for surveillance cameras and lights that can continue to work even when the power goes out. This technology is very affordable these days, end even the cheapest options, such as solar-charged LED lights equipped with motion detectors, work incredibly well without relying on power. In addition, the lights coming on automatically can serve as an alarm of sorts as this can be clearly seen on your monitor, alerting you to the fact that there is movement in the area and something may be happening.
Did you know that the typical home entry door can be kicked in with a booted foot? If you’re relying on your door to keep the bad guys out, it’s time for a reality check. The main problem in many cases is the weakness of the door frame. This can be strengthened by installing security hinges and security striker plates with screws measuring 3 inches or longer. Barring the door using a door prop or floor club can also help keep intruders outside for longer to give those inside the home an advantage.
In addition to securing the door, you also need to take a closer look at your windows as these are the weakest part of the home. Glass can easily be broken, but it is possible to strengthen it to some degree. For example, security window film can be installed by sticking it to the inside of the window. In addition to strengthening the window, it will keep the glass from falling out if someone breaks the window, which means it would need to be broken all the way around to be removed from the window before the intruder could reach their hand through to open the latches. Burglar bars can also be mounted over the windows if aesthetics are not a concern, although many consider this an extreme measure.
An escape route
Although you hope you’ll never have to use it, it is always a good idea to have an escape route and a plan for what you will do once you do escape, including where your family will meet up and where you will go next. Supplement this by placing your bug-out bags in a location where they can be easily grabbed on the way out. If possible, set up an off-site cache of supplies that can be used if you need to escape.