Step By Step Instructions to Make Your Home Burglarproof (Part 1 of 2)
Home defense is definitely not a new topic in the preparedness industry. There are hundreds if not thousands of articles out there about the best firearms to have for home defense, tactical how-to guides on how to respond to a home invasion; there’s even several insurance companies out there whose sole business is covering your legal fees if you have to use lethal force on an intruder.
While I do feel that firearms and training should be a huge part of your home defense strategy, it seems like the majority of topics on home defense in the preparedness community focus solely around responding to a home invasion while you’re actually in the home. It’s been estimated that a little over 85% of all home break-ins every year happen while the occupants are away from the home.
Some scary math about home break-ins
What this means to me is that while having a firearm, the training and the wherewithal to defend your home is great, you’re preparing for a localized disaster event that statistically has a much smaller chance of actually happening and virtually ignoring a localized disaster that is extremely common. There are over 2,000,000 reported break-ins every year. The American Housing Survey shows that there are around 125 million homes in the US. That means that every single year, you have on average a 1.6% chance of your home being broke into. Sounds like a small number right? Well to put it perspective, it is statistically more likely that you will have your home broken into than your odds of winning $10 on a dollar scratch-off lottery ticket.
Securing your home when you aren’t there is called passive home security. Passive home security can be boiled down to 3 main areas of focus: Windows, Doors and Deterrent Systems. Below we will go over some step by step instructions on what you can do to maximize your passive security measures for each of these key points, effectively making your home as burglar-proof as realistically possible.