Early Warning Systems for Survival
When in a survival situation, intruders are always a major concern. This could be looters, military, or just kids looking to vandalize a house. Having a home defense system is important, but early detection is the key to protecting your home. Unfortunately, this applies to everyday life as well.
Home intruders are a major concern 24/7 in this country. The US averages about 3.6 million home invasions, and about 30% of them happen with somebody home. The average loss is about $2,300, and they most often happen during the day when somebody is at work. So what can we do about it?
If you are alerted of an intruder, you have a few options for actions you can take. The best plans involve a combination of these actions. Here are steps you could take when alerted of an intruder:
- Gather your family in a secure room. Pick a location that can only be entered from one direction. Pay special attention to children, the elderly, or the disabled as they will need extra help.
- If you have a weapon, get it ready. This could be a firearm or even just a blunt object. You have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Always assume that intruders mean you harm.
- Contact the authorities if possible. Ideally, you should have somebody other than yourself designated to call 911 in this situation. If this is a large scale survival situation, you may need a neighbor to contact in place of the police.
- Focus on a choke point. You want to have a narrow channel between you and the intruder. Hallways and staircases are great for this. It forces the intruders into a small, exposed area allowing you to easily defend your family. It also is one of the few situations where one person can defend against multiple intruders as they are forced into a one on one situation.
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