Five Tips for Making Your Home a Difficult Target

It can be challenging to know where to start when considering home defense. One of the first layers of the greatest home defense system is the home itself. 

In this article i try to give some common sense Five Tips for Making Your Home a Difficult Target

Your home is your castle. It is where you relax, raise your children, and enjoy your own slice of the globe. Therefore, you will do everything in your ability to safeguard it. Home hardening is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to achieve this.

Criminals are deterred from assaulting a fortified castle. Anyone who intends to rob or hurt you in your home must first enter it, which is made more difficult by making your home a harder target.

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How can I increase the safety of my home?

Making your property a harder target is a straightforward concept. You make your home both physically and visually more difficult to enter. You want your home to be such an apparent and challenging target that anyone with malicious intent will deem it worthless of their time.

The good news is that it is not a straightforward idea. It is also a straightforward procedure, but straightforward does not equal effortless. It’s a process, but with little organization and attention to detail, you can make your home shout “Move on!” to anyone with nefarious intentions.

Similarities exist between this and defending your house when you are absent. You want your home to look to be a challenging target regardless of your presence. Here are five recommendations to help you reach your goal.

First: Keep the Outside, Outside

Doors and windows should be closed and locked while you are inside, especially at night. Naturally, there may be times when things are left unlocked; nevertheless, utilize these instances as a chance to create the habit of locking everything. The objective is to establish routines and a strategy so that you do not invite criminal activity into your home by leaving things unlocked.

There are further measures that can be used to improve the locks. Consider updating the locks first. The addition of a lock to a door that lacks one is a crucial first step. On doors, deadbolts are apparent even from a distance.

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In addition to the deadbolt, install a strike plate made of hardened steel that is attached to the door frame using at least three-inch screws. Most residences just secure the strike plates to the door frame, which is a defensive vulnerability. Typically, just finishing hardware is used to fasten the door frame, rendering it simply cosmetic. Simply replacing the little decorative screws with longer ones that can pass through the molding to the studs will considerably improve the efficiency of the lock.

Next, think about putting door stops. A simple mechanism that prevents the door from opening by bracing the back of the door can go a long way, especially when combined with strengthened locks and suitable fasteners. Although these safeguards are not apparent from the outside, they can serve as a deterrent if a criminal tries to enter the home and realizes that it is not as simple as they had anticipated.

Second: Invest in a Security System

Obviously, not everyone needs an alarm system. As a result of their advantages and limitations, they are not always a good fit. Numerous items, such as small children or dogs, can accidentally set them off, resulting in inconvenient visits from the local police. Moreover, money is always a concern. Whether or whether a security system is appropriate for you depends on a variety of circumstances, but it is worthwhile to explore the advantages and downsides.

Pros:

  • A notice indicating that a residence is protected by an alarm system may be sufficient to deter potential intruders.
  • Direct contacts to emergency responders
  • Covers more than just doors and protects windows and living areas through motion detectors Covers more than just doors and protects windows and living spaces through motion detectors

Cons:

  • Expensive to install and maintain
  • Requires sensor and battery maintenance
  • It takes discipline to use it correctly and consistently
  • Typically requires two-factor authentication, resulting in a phone call from the security company and possibly the dispatching of police when the alarm is triggered.
  • Pets and youngsters frequently set off the alarm
  • You may be charged for false alarms
  • You must still call 911 if there is a threat

Regardless of whether you decide to install a home security system, you should also consider purchasing a sign that indicates you have a system even if you don’t. While an alarm of some kind is preferred, a sign in the yard indicating that the premises are secure can go a far way in deterring criminals. Similarly, outside fake cameras might serve the same purpose.

Third: Acquire Lighting

Criminals favor darkness and hiding locations over light. If your home is continually in the dark, it may frighten your children, but it also invites criminals. It makes no difference how many exterior lights your home as if you never turn them on.

Maintain a schedule for when the lights will be on and off, and strive to adhere to it. It’s easy to forget to turn them on when you’re inside and haven’t observed the time, so if possible, attach them to a timer or motion sensors. Look for gloomy areas with limited cover, along with overgrown bushes and plants that can serve as hiding places. A criminal can take advantage of your inability to see things in the dark, so do everything you can to minimize this possibility.

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Fourth: Be conscious of your surroundings

Understand the safety of your home and familiarise yourself with its appearance. Developing this habit can make identifying any change, regardless of its magnitude, as easy as noticing a giant red flag.

However, this goes beyond only being familiar with your home. Additionally, you should be acquainted with your neighbors. Know how their home should appear and their daily routine. In addition, be kind to them and reach out to them if anything they do looks odd. When you become an established member of your community, others will approach you. If you leave the garage or front door open, if the lights don’t turn on when they should, or if anything else seems amiss, a neighbor may call you just because you’re a kind person. Due to the presence of additional eyes on your home, it is almost as if you have a free security monitoring system.

Fifth: Create the Appearance of Chaos

Criminals value certain outcomes. The more challenging something appears, the less attractive it seems to a criminal. They desire to enter, complete their duties, and exit. Anything you can do to provide the appearance that a monkey wrench will be thrown into the workings of the system will serve as a deterrent.

Therefore, what causes the appearance of disorder? The presence of a dog or children, as well as a lack of a defined schedule, can give the impression that your home is too unreliable to warrant consideration.

Getting a dog can be a simple way to increase security, but no one suggests getting children for security. You are not Willy Wonka, and assembling an army of Oompa Loompas is not exactly simple. But, in all seriousness, there are things you can do, even if you don’t have children, to make it appear as if kids might be present, such as exhibiting some children’s toys. An impression is what is important here.

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Variations in routine may be the most challenging aspect; our routines are typically determined by job schedules and other obligations. You can vary the directions of travel for leaving and coming, as well as have others stop by because you can’t just show up to work whenever you want. Hiring someone to mow the grass at different times, setting indoor lighting on random timers, and even bringing neighbors over on a regular basis will create enough variation that anyone attempting to establish your routine will find it challenging and go on.

Remember that this is a continuing procedure. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for fortifying and securing your property and numerous considerations must be taken into account. By adhering to these principles, you can make your home appear less enticing to anyone intending to target you. The greatest home defense strategy is multilayered and suited to your particular circumstances.

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Loved the class and will be back for another! Very informative and a focus on safety which I appreciate compared to others I have taken. If you're going to carry, you've got to know everything about what you're carrying and your laws. Gary covered this and catered to every student while making the experience fun. I highly recommend him and can't wait to sign up for the next course!
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Finished my CCW/SDA class the other weekend. Gary is one of the best firearms instructors I have encountered. The way he explains the legality and responsibilities of being a CCW citizen from a simple layman aspect is crucial. He makes the class fun so you don’t fall asleep!
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I have taken two classes from Gary and have learned a tremendous amount. I appreciate how thorough he is and how he makes sure you fully understand every aspect before moving on. Safety is always stressed in his classes, which I appreciate. I’m looking forward to taking more classes with and increasing my firearm knowledge. Keep up the good work!
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Had an awesome experience. My wife and I recently did the Saturday class to get our conceal carry certificate and learn more about gun safety. Classes are small so you can get more personal training and learn in a relaxed, uncrowded environment. Gary was an excellent instructor that made sure everyone was engaged and confident when it came time to test. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get a certificate and not have to deal with one of the bigger schools where your questions might get overlooked or you don't feel confident when it comes time to test.
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I can honestly say that I left impressed! Its a great learning environment. Gary was a great instructor, and made learning gun safety and laws enjoyable. I really enjoyed his teaching style. Extremely knowledgeable and was able to explain vague concepts and laws clearly. Out of everything, I really enjoyed that it was a family owned business and had a hospitable feel. If you take a LTC course anywhere else.....You’re just wasting your time.
David JosephDavid Joseph
18:08 05 May 22
Had an awesome experience. My wife and I recently did the Saturday class to get our conceal carry certificate and learn more about gun safety. Classes are small so you can get more personal training and learn in a relaxed, uncrowded environment. Gary was an excellent instructor that made sure everyone was engaged and confident when it came time to test. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get a certificate and not have to deal with one of the bigger schools where your questions might get overlooked or you don't feel confident when it comes time to test.
Richard KalvinRichard Kalvin
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I can honestly say that I left impressed! Its a great learning environment. Gary was a great instructor, and made learning gun safety and laws enjoyable. I really enjoyed his teaching style. Extremely knowledgeable and was able to explain vague concepts and laws clearly. Out of everything, I really enjoyed that it was a family owned business and had a hospitable feel. If you take a LTC course anywhere else.....You’re just wasting your time.
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Both my father and I took his course on my father's 50th birthday. It was kinda funny because I paid for us both and my father wasn't to excited. Only because he didn't think he need a concealed carry license. However, thanks to Gary's teachings, knowledge and personality made the day a great experience. Plus it was a father and son day I will never forgot. It even had my father saying it was one of the best Birthday presents ever. Again thanks Gary.
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My husband and I took the concealed carry class, and we couldn't be MORE satisfied with our instructor! Gary commands the subject matter while making you laugh. He gives you real world scenarios coupled with his experience to help you understand how to act responsibly with a firearm! Gary is VERY professional and knowledgeable but VERY DOWN TO EARTH. He takes the edge off of the class while helping you to understand the law. I would recommend ANYONE who is considering taking a class to do it with Gary at Blackrock Firearms Training!
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13:13 11 Apr 22
After talking to my husband who already has his Texas Concealed Carry Permit from years ago. I decided it was time for me to get mine. Surprised about how the law has changed to a License to Carry now. I searched out a way to take the class while working and raising 3 boys. Then I found LTC Training Texas. So easy and straightforward, I took it online and when I had time. Hands down the best service I have had in long time.
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Originally posted on July 5, 2022 @ 8:48 pm

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  1. kelly tupick

    great tips and yup, our next investment is a good security system.

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