Women’s Outdoor News and Avery Skipalis bring you a quick video on things you may want to consider when you’re creating your home defense plan.
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There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to home defense. Your home defense plan should have goals; those goals may include the desired effects of home defense. Examples of these goals are anticipate, deter, detect, deny, delay and defend. All family members, including children, should be educated on the plan.
Anticipate involves thinking like a criminal. Walk the exterior of your home, day and night and document any weaknesses you discover and correct them. You can also reach out to your local law enforcement and find out what tactics criminals use in your area.
The goal is to make your home appear to be a hard target in hopes that criminals will move on. This can be accomplished by limiting hiding areas, and installing lighting and security systems.
Detection gives you time to prepare and enact your home defense plan. Motion-sensing cameras can send alerts directly to your smartphone.
Denying includes keeping your doors and windows locked. Also, ensure your children don’t answer the door for strangers.
Delaying the threat gives you more time to prepare. This time allows you to enact your home defense plan, arm yourself and call 911.
Defend is the last line of defense. Stay up-to-date on your local laws; these laws will significantly impact if you’re allowed to defend yourself or if you have a “duty to retreat.”
Fortify Your Castle
Hopefully, this article provided insight into goals to have in mind when creating your home defense plan. Your home is your castle and your safe space. It’s time to fortify your castle. Want more information? Be sure to review a previous article where I covered this topic in more detail.