We face a multitude of dangers every single day. Danger can strike at any moment. Muggings happen in almost every location you can think of, from bus stops and alleyways, to parking lots and grocery stores. Most of these situations are unavoidable and criminals often target random people. There really isn’t a way to prevent these things from happening.
Unlike public areas however, your home his one place you shouldn’t ever have to worry about things like these happening. You can do simple things to protect your home, and prevent it from being targeted by criminals. There are very easy steps you can take to ensure the safety of you and your family, and the best part is, most of them are free.
First and foremost, you need a good home security system. Once you get that set up you’ll want to display that you have a security system installed in your home. Most provide you with a sign you can put in your yard as well as stickers to put on doors and windows. However, there is one small problem you may run into. The intruder may know how to disable your system and render it useless. While this generally isn’t the case, it still happens. So consider designing your own sign or hire a graphic designer to make one for you. A simple design shouldn’t cost more than 10 bucks.
If you don’t have the funds and are looking for a cheaper solution to a security system, just buy a sign. Sure, an alarm that sounds when someone enters your home is nice to have and is invaluable; but the sight of a security system sign alone will scare off almost any criminal.
It might surprise you to know that 30 percent of burglaries aren’t forced entry. That means one of two things, either you know the person, or you just forgot to lock your doors. Now one of these can be fixed just by locking your doors, but how do you catch the other group? One easy way is to get a hidden camera. Babysitters and repairmen are often the perpetrators of this type of burglary. If you have a lot of things in your house and don’t keep an eye on them, they often take things and get away with it. Ever wonder where that old watch went or where your favorite movie disappeared to? It could have been stolen by someone like this.
Another thing that is often overlooked is when you travel or go on vacation, DO NOT post about it on social media networks like Facebook or Twitter. Unless you completely trust everyone that you’re friends with and everyone that they’re friends with – which I know is not the case for 99 percent of people – announcing to hundreds or maybe even thousands of people that you’re not home this week is one of the dumbest things you can do. This gives criminals opportunities to steal EVERYTHING in your house. It may be tempting to post pictures and updates about your exciting vacation, but it’s not a good idea.
There are so many little things you can do to protect your home as well like: keeping your windows covered, keeping your yard well lit, having a neighborhood watch program, make it appear as if someone is always home, and keeping valuable things out of sight.
Most of these things are common sense, but a lot of people don’t stop to think about it because they don’t think it could ever happen to them. It CAN happen to anyone, and we all need to prepare for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry right?
To enter your own article please email me at rethinksurvival (at) gmail (dot) com with your submission and review the rules here.
Please visit these fine sponsors and learn more about the prizes below…
Fortunately, we have some very gracious sponsors who are willing to sponsor this fun contest. Please visit their sites and review the products being donating as they are certainly good people doing good things for our community. Here’s the prizes…
|CampingSurvival.com is donating an Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter in Olive Drab.The description says “We created an evolutionary derivative of the original nanoSTRIKER with a larger rod and striker handle. It utilizes the same innovative design as the original, but with just enough extra size and heft to improve its ease of use without making it too big or bulky for key chain carry. The striker handle is 46% bigger, making it easier to grip. The XL version also sports a 33% larger ferrocerium rod, which improves the durability and lifespan of the rod even beyond that of the original nanoSTIKERs. Slowly scrape shavings off the rod into a small pile. Use these shavings on top of your tinder bundle for even better sparks! Use the nanoSTRIKER? to light gas stoves, alcohol stoves, fuel tablets, BBQ grills, etc.”|
|MayflowerTrading.com is donating an The Guardian First Aid Fanny Pack. Contents include: 1 – Fanny Pack, 1 – Eye Wash, 2 – Instant Ice Packs, 1 – 3″ ACE Bandage, 1 – Bandage Scissors, 1 – First Aid Guide, 1 – CPR Mouthpiece, 3 – Iodine Prep Pads, 6 – Pair Nitrile Gloves, 3 – 2 x 2 Gauze Pads, 4 – 4 x 4 Gauze Pads 1 – Tissue Pack, 6 – Alcohol Prep Pads, 2 – Water Gels, 1 – 1 x10 yds Adhesive Tape, 1 – Bio-Hazard Waste Bag, 1 – Box 3/4 x 3 Bandages, 1 – Tweezers1 – 4 ounce Hand Sanitizer, 2 – Eye Pads, 6 – Wet Naps, 1 – Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 – 5 x 9 Combine Dressing Bandages|
|OzarkMountainPreparedness.com is donating $100 Gift Certificate to any of their wonderful survival courses.”Our mission is to provide the highest quality instructional courses to people who desire to pursue a self-reliant lifestyle; whether in the wilds or right at home. By blending both modern and primitive methods into our curriculum, we offer a comprehensive and practical view of survival and preparedness. Our course topics include wilderness and urban survival, fur trapping, bushcraft, primitive skills, long-term wilderness living, land navigation, home disaster preparation, outdoor cooking, food procurement and storage, foraging, wild edibles, and others.”|
|RifleStock.com is donating a set of five Self-Watering Grow Buckets. I recently got a set and will review them soon. What is a grow bucket? “It is a 4, 5 or 6 gallon bucket altered to grow vegetables and flowers using a water reservoir in the base. Growing plants in self-watering buckets has been around for quite a while now, but our design has improved on the old method of using two buckets, one inside of the other, to create the water reservoir.”|
|I figured my sponsors shouldn’t do all the work, so I’m throwing in a McNett Tactical Aquamira Frontier Pro Ultralight Water Filter:
•Military edition portable water filter system with straw-style design
•Attaches directly to water bottles, cups, or bladders
•Removes 99.9 percent of Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants
•Activated carbon improves taste; universal connectivity adapter system
•Filters up to 50 gallons; removable bite valve doubles as hanging drip filter