Why Homestead Security Should Be A Priority
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the crashing sound of a broken window. Or seeing a stranger prowling your property. Your decades of hard work could be wiped out if you’re not prepared. Security is not just an add-on to your homesteading plan. It is an integral part of it.
Identifying Potential Security Risks
Start by identifying potential security threats. This could range from nosy neighbors to wild animals or potential thieves. By identifying threats, you can take specific measures to guard against them.
Historically, rural areas have been targeted by thieves due to less neighborhood watch and longer police response times. Ensure your home is less of a target by giving an impression that it’s occupied, even when it is not. Motion sensor lights, alarms and surveillance cameras are excellent deterrents.
Wild animals like coyotes, wolves, or bears can be a threat to your livestock and crops. Installing fences, keeping garbage secured, and even having specific breeds of dogs will deter these wildlife from entering your property.
Securing Your Homestead
The best defense is a good offense. Here are some proactive steps to ensuring the safety of your homestead.
Create a Safe Zone
You might have acres of land but you should still have a safe zone, a fortified environment where you can gather in case of extreme scrutiny. This zone should have quick exits, a stash of supplies and reinforced doors and windows.
Effective Alarm Systems
No homesteader should ignore the importance of an early warning system. Motion detectors, driveway alarms, and security cameras can all help to alert you to an intrusion well before any harm can occur.
Secure Your Boundaries
- Barriers: A well-proportioned fence not only keeps unwanted individuals out but also discourages them. Things as simple as ‘no trespassing’ signs can make people think twice before setting foot on your property.
- Lighting: Break-ins usually occur under the cover of darkness. Solar-powered outdoor lighting that lights up your boundaries will make potential intruders hesitate.
- Vegetation: Thorny and dense vegetation serves as a natural barrier. Installing this around your homestead can deter intruders and provide a habitat for beneficial wildlife.
Training and Developing Skills
As a homesteader, your best weapon is your skills. Here’s where to focus:
Everyone in the homestead should be trained in basic self-defense. This allows everyone to protect not just themselves but everyone else as well.
First Aid & CPR Training
An injury or illness can become lethal without the correct immediate response. Knowing first aid and CPR allows you to deal with medical emergencies, potentially saving a life.
Knowing how to communicate effectively when there’s no cellular service can be lifesaving.
Remember: The safety and security of your homestead is paramount, it guarantees not only the fruits of your hard work but also the lives of those dear to you. Be vigilant, be cautious, and most of all, be prepared.