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Originally posted by citizen smith
The best way to beat an intruder is to think like one and work out all the feasible ways someone could break in to your property...
A most basic tripwire alarm system is to use a spring-jaw clothes peg, 2 brass thumbtacks pushed into each 'face' of the jaws and wired to a 9v battery and an old style camera flash-bulb or electronic personal attack alarm
Tie one end of the tripline to a secure oblect and the other to a small square of plastic thats held between the peg-jaws...when tripped, the plastic is pulled out allowing the circuit to complete and fires the camera flash (which will night-blind an intruder after dark if positioned directly ahead of the route of intrusion) and/or deafen the intruder with the attack alarm
A physical deterrent would be to bury 'nail boards' under the surface of the topsoil below any windows/drainpipes...take small planks of wood and drive 4" nails through it at 2" spacings...then flip the board over and file down the nail points till needle sharp
the wider the spacings of the nails, the greater the surface-pressure of a human foot on each nail and the better chance of it going through the sole of the shoe and causing injury...if you smear the nails in excrement or rotten meat any puncture wound inflicted will cause addittional septic infections
Another option if you own your property would be to create 'dead-fall' hatches in the floors at ground level behind the doors and windows..this would reqire a bit of carpentry, cut out the floorboards as wide as the window/door opening and make into a sturdy removable hatch...when TSHTF remove the trapdoors and anyone bursting in will plummet through the hole and at least break a leg
Stick clear vinyl film over window panes, or remove the glass panes and replace the putty beads with silicone bathroom sealant to hold the glass in place if anyone attempts access by smashing the window to open the window locks
And lastly, if you are wanting to create a water-cache on the property, either bury dustbin sized containers, or dig pits to the same volume as heavy-duty plastic 'garden waste' bags, around an area of possible intrusion (say a funnel-point in a back-garden) and fill with water to ground level...anyone straying off a designated path through the water-pits will fall into them...plus you have many gallons of water stored in case of the supply being turned off
..and there plenty more devious ideas where those came from
Originally posted by colec156
reply to post by Death_Kron
Great thread to start there Death_Kron.
I was too thinking about this and the problem I had was.
Just say 2 people tried to break in to your house and were stopped by good security system. Would those 2 people go away and say, there must be something worth alot to be protected so well, and then they may come back maybe more organized and in greater numbers ??
I have this problem as I am ready to Bug out, but depending on sitx I may have to stay put at home for a while, so the security issue does give me a headache.
A good CCTV system may give you a heads up on whats going on but any looter may go for the camera's etc unless they are well hidden.
What would be your plan, just say someone got through your first security layer ?
Originally posted by Death_Kron
Keeps the ideas flowing buddy, very interesting!
Your either a soldier or a terrorist!
Originally posted by citizen smith
I'm neither...i'm just a small-time melon-farmer
Originally posted by UFOTECH
In a post apocalyptic world I would do as citizen smith suggests with the trip system but then react to intrusion with an ADS (Area Denial System) this would include a buried and hardened misting system set to fill the air at the access points leading to my retreat with fuel. When the air reached the proper saturation I would then activate the cloud of fuel air with a pop up flash bang that is electrically ignites. The system could be activated dozens of times if properly constructed and make an affordable area denial system.
Something like this can be hidden before x-day and if it is noticed by onlookers it would be appear as just a sprinkler system if properly constructed.