Homestead security: Tips to protect your property and family
By Olivia Cook // Oct 16, 2023

Homestead security is all about strategically adding layers of defense around your homestead that unwanted intruders (potential burglars, animals or pests) have to get through.

To have a better perspective on your homestead security defense plan, write down everything you want to keep alive and protected besides your family – your garden, livestock, poultry, pets, fuel or water supply, your survival stash and others.

Keep in mind that a good security perimeter starts with the four Ds: deter, detect, deny and defend. Here are some things to consider to accomplish your objectives.

Set up defenses around your homestead

Do the following to add more layers of protection around your homestead:

  • Build gates (bi-folding, pedestrian, slide, swing or vertical) and/or chain-link or mesh wire fences (against smaller intruders) to mark the boundaries of your homestead and signify that the property is private. Periodically check your gates and fences to see if these structures are maintained well.
  • Secure your side gate by making sure there are no shrubs covering its visibility. Do not leave items (bins, boxes, ladders, etc.) near your gate or fences to be climbed. Install security lighting above the side gate – a security camera gives it plus points. Always remember to close and lock the gates.
  • Strategically plant thorny, spiky, dense bushes or hedging to create a "biological razor wire" to deter intruders from checking out your belongings or watching you and your family – without compromising the look of your landscape. Learn more about the best defensive plants for home security from Gardener's Path.
  • Make "harmless" obstacles for human intruders, such as pit traps and trip wires.
  • Give the illusion of robust security with security signs all around your property, such as "beware" signs for your dog (or dogs).

Set up defenses within your boundaries

Protect your boundaries by following these tips:

  • Have a one-way-in and one-way-out driveway. Line your driveway with logs that you or any member of your family can easily roll out to trap intruders.
  • Use pea gravel (which tends to crunch more) to cover your driveways and foot or walk paths that are wide enough that they cannot be circumvented. Include pathways between all of the outbuildings (barns, garages, sheds) and any other tracks along the outer areas.
  • Allow some open space so you can easily recognize if you have an intruder on your property. Without open space, someone or something can easily be behind bushes, shrubs, trees and others you may have on your homestead.
  • Get dogs. The intriguing Mountain Cur has been dubbed as a "prepper's best friend" and is best known for its courage, devotion, loyalty and intelligence (knows when to fight off an intruder). Learn about other breeds that seem to understand the importance of family and home and will protect both with great vigor and selflessness.
  • Raise chickens, guinea fowl, donkeys, geese, goats, llamas, mules, parrots or add other territorial animals that make pretty loud noises when threatened.
  • Invest in and install wireless security cameras, including discrete trail cameras, to cover entrances, exits, driveways, all pathways, holding pens and outbuildings on your property. Check out the best farm security cameras (with night vision and rotation capability) and systems used by most farms and ranches, including those in remote and rural areas even without internet and power from the grid.
  • Use motion-activated devices (with multiple charging/power sources), such as dusk-to-light lights or alarms to expose any type of intruder before they get within 100 feet of your property. (Related: Survival tips: Alternate power sources for your homestead.)
  • Lock your assets. Be sure to remove the keys before you park your vehicle or secure the tractor and other machines or equipment in a lockable garage or other structure.

Fortify your home

Make sure your home can protect itself from intruders, or at least make it difficult for them to enter without consequences. Follow these tips:

  • Avoid painting your home and other structures in your homestead with bright colors or make it expensive-looking.
  • Reinforce all your door frames so they can withstand forceful entry. Install a kickstop. Add a layer of steel to prevent the door frame from splitting or replace the whole door frame with a steel alternative. Invest in high-security locks to prevent lock snapping. You can fit a metal grill on the inside of a glazed door or just replace glazed door panels with toughened or laminated glass panels, fitted from the inside. Install a peephole. Make sure your entryway is well-lit.
  • Make sure your windows are functioning properly. Upgrade your window locks. Replace your window panes with bullet-proof, impact-resistant window film or laminated windows, depending on your available budget.
  • Connect your doors and windows to your home security. Add emergency contacts, like 911, relatives, trusted friends or neighbors on your auto-dial security alarm systems.

Equip your family with home defense weapons and tactics

You are your home's final line of defense. Prepare and do the following:

  • Build a safe room to use in the event intruders are able to crash through your outside defenses or an extreme weather event.
  • Stockpile firearms, ammunition and other homestead defense weapons, including a selection of non-lethal ones. Keep a small stash of them in each room of your home and every building on your homestead. Make sure every responsible member of your family knows the basic rules of safe gun handling and use. Know how to properly use the others you stockpiled as well.
  • Invest in home-defense training courses for you and your family members.
  • Build good relationships with like-minded neighbors who want homestead security as much as you do. Sometimes it takes a village who can look out for each other. Think of your trusted neighbors who follow the "see something and say something" rule of a community watch.

Common sense is still the best approach to homestead security.

Watch the following video to learn how to secure your rural property.

This video is from the Daily Videos channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

9 secrets from a veteran cop to protect your home from burglars.

Home defense plays an important role in survival after SHTF.

Own a gun, kill a home intruder, get paid leave? Here’s how.

Stay safe at home this summer, when most home invasions and break-ins occur.

Tips for setting an off-grid power system when SHTF.

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PreppersWill.com 1

RethinkSurvival.com

GardenersPath.com

Homestead.org

PreppersWill.com 2

GoodHousekeeping.com

AdrianFlux.co.uk

ReoLink.com

ModernSurvivalOnline.com

Earthineer.com

GunSafetyRules.NRA.org

PersonalDefenseNetwork.com

NNW.org

Brighteon.com



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