I’m not sure when I picked up the odd habit of looking over my shoulder and, in general, being paranoid about my surroundings, but I did. My wife tells me I “look scary”, even when I’m totally relaxed and on vacation in Disney World. So be it. That’s my lot in life and she married me anyway. When I think of scenarios in which my home and family could be in jeopardy, you can bet I’ve researched plenty of home security plans, gear, and, yes, weaponry. My paranoia will pay off someday.
If you haven’t yet read the post titled, Protecting Your Home or Camp with Early Warning Systems, Part 1, stop and read it now. It’s a short list of cheap, low-tech, and simple methods to create as much noise as possible when your home or property is accessed by an intruder. In this article, you will see some of those systems illustrated with photos and a couple of additional tactics.
For the purposes of this post, no efforts have been made to camouflage anything in the pictures. In fact, the opposite has been done to make everything more visible. Now, these are all early warning systems that can be used around your campsite or home to warn you of the approach of animals or prowlers.
First, let me give you a couple of additional ideas for early warning systems and then we will review the strategies mentioned in Part 1.
Almost free early warning systems
Plastic bottles are everywhere. When was the last time you stepped on one? They make a lot of noise, especially if they are grouped together with duct tape. A group of plastic bottles spread in a path and covered with a dark cloth makes a good early warning system in the dark.
When you landscape your yard, put small rocks around the outside, this makes it hard for someone to quietly approach your home both during the day and at night, and if you have an alert watchdog, you now have two layers of early warning devices.
More about low-tech tripwires
Tripwires will work both day and night if you use line or light wire that blends into your surroundings. If you use monofilament, remember that it will reflect light. The whole idea with tripwires is to set them in areas that you know someone will have to cross to approach their objective. Use Google Earth as explained in this article to locate paths an intruder would likely take to access your home and property and then lay your tripwires accordingly. Depending on the terrain around your home, you may want to set them in depth.
The tripwires can be rigged to various types of early warning systems, such as tin cans containing rocks and various types of bells. Remember, if you use cans, run them through the dishwasher or wash them thoroughly with hot, soapy water to remove all food residue. You don’t want animals messing with them at night. Flares and electronic devices can be attached to tripwires as well.
I feel that if you intend to use early warning systems, you should understand the simplest systems first, such as the ones in this article. You need to go out and try these for yourselves. They are not always as easy to set up as you might think. At some point, your life could depend on them. Practice setting them up, practice tripping them to see the results, and then practice some more.