Watching all the problems with layoffs since the election and now the war in the Middle East, I feel that now we will have increased security problems on both a personal and national level in the immediate future.
As I age, my eyesight grows weaker and my hearing is a problem and my wife’s isn’t much better. Since we live by our selves and intent to for many years, this means we need to rethink the security around our home. In a full-blown disaster situation, we have lots of family close, support and places to go. But what about now, we still live in a relatively crime free area. Talking to law enforcement officers in our area, crime has started to rise and more strangers are seen on the streets.
So what can you do to better your position? One thing we did was by accident. My wife wanted to do some landscaping and we killed the weeds and put rocks immediately around the house. Since then I have noticed that it is easier for me to hear people walking on the rocks.
Consider putting in an alarm system. We purchased some driveway alarms at Harbor Freight that were quite inexpensive and lets us know when a car pulls in or someone comes up to our front door. Metal security doors are a good investment. If the lights are off in the house, you can see out and people outside can’t see in. Lights on motion detectors are inexpensive and a good deterrent.
Upgrade the fence around your home, personally, I like chain link, no maintenance in my lifetime. Good fences help you to control access. Get a dog, the size doesn’t even matter too much, even a small dog will serve as an early warning system and they don’t eat much.
Pay attention to what is happening in your neighborhood. Get to know who lives near you. They don’t have to become your best friend or know much about you, just be able to recognize them and maybe spot a potential troublemaker.
Whether you live on 100 acres or in a small apartment, there is always something you can do to help yourself. Because of my past experience in both the fire service and law enforcement, I have some experience in this area. If you have question or ideas for a blog let me know and I will try to answer your questions, either personally or in a blog.