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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:47 am
Let me begin by saying that my SHTF strategy involves sheltering in place. I do not have the resources to bug out and having three kids makes this even more of a challenge.

Now to the matter at hand...
I am planning on build some reinforcement for the doors and windows in my home. I figure that these are (obviously) the easiest ways into a home and the hardest to defend. I have three doors, one's a sliding glass door, and 10 windows making it difficult to defend all entry points. What I had in mind was getting some thick plywood, possibly several sheets of 1/2" thk, built on a sturdy frame of 2x4's that can then be secured in place over all doors and windows. I could store these in my attached garage and simply secure them when the schumer starts to fly. I would like to have a some steel barriers fabbed, but that is cost prohibitive at the moment.
I am hoping that this might be enough of a either a deterent or at least something to slow would-be home-home-invaders so I can deter them through other means.
Any thoughts on this? Criticism appreciated and encouraged.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:12 pm
Hey, Huckleberry, I will let you know what we did. We went to a web site called X-10.com and we bought a battery operated wireless alarm system for the whole house for 99$. It came with three key chain fobs., the control panel plugs in and also has a battery back up. It can call your cell phone if you want it to. We arm it before bed. If anyone opens any windows or doors, the alarm sounds. The system also comes with three controls that turn on two of your lamps when tripped also. Check out the various alarm systems there. Our neighbor recommended this place, they run specials all the time, and it was easy to install and quite affordable.No monthly fees!
I like the idea that even in a power outage, this alarm system will work, at least to set off the sirens. I bought alot of back up double A batteries for it! And one 9 volt for the control panel that sits next to our bed. The key chain control are cool because you can turn off the system before you go in and turn it on once outside. Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:32 pm
Hey Huck.
Maybe your going TOO FAR.
If you barricade the doors and windows how would you get OUT if you needed like a fire ?
If you barricade anything make sure you have some barricaded from INSIDE so you can get out.

As for doors if you want to make it real simple install 2 more dead bolts one about 10 " from top of door and one about 10" from bottom of door so you would have 3 dead bolts total on the door, obviously make those extra deadbolts key less from the inside.

Sliding glass doors and windows simply use pvc cut to length to block windows and doors from opening. As for just breaking the glass that is where your plywood would come in.

I hope this gives you some other ideas.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:46 pm
Huckleberry: Something you should be thinking about when you do this if you do it, is limiting your fields of fire and exits, you may need them. With all that lumber and labor you might want consider a 6ft chain link fence and a real mean looking dog or two, when the SHTF hook the fence up to 220 and stand in your yard with your AK 47 and dare the first looter that comes along to touch the fence. If the power goes out use a generator, don't put up signs let them figure it out on there own. :shock:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:05 pm
I was considering having these for the PAW. The only reason I was thinking about this was because we have a lot of windows. I live in the suburbs and there are houses all around. I am just trying to figure out a way to make my home less inviting to ne'er do wells of whatever variety. All these preps won't do me a bit of good if I can't defend my stuff.
Johnny-I originally wanted the barriers just for the sliding glass door, but then I got looking at how many windows we have and it started the ol' gears a turnin'. The front door is 1/2 glass with windows on each side.
As with most my ideas, this will probably never come to fruition.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:29 pm
Extra screws into the inside of the deadbolt will help stop a door kick in. A big enough fence, wood preferrably as it also gives privacy, is a deterrant if it is 6' high. Make sure you can lock the gate from the inside with a padlock, lower than one can normally reach. That will do much to keep folks from coming through the back. This way you don't have to block off those windows, or less likely to have to. THEN, what you can do is make ready some of your plywood notion for the front windows, and a bar for the front door (should make them work harder). Yup, it will be overkill for the door, but, at least you FEEL better! Chances are the extra screws behind the deadbolt will stop a door kicker cold. Those screw need to be long enough to go into the stud BTW. The bolt itself should also be long enough to reach the stud.

Now, with the front of the house tougher to get into, you have time to go out the back (after wife and kids are safely put in a spot with an escape but also protection, back of house), and climb up a ladder to take advantage of elevation. If you've a fence and gate for the front that will deter as well, making an obstical...

BTW, as for the fence into the back yard from the front.... If you glue (wood glue, whatever will hold up in water) glass shards and other nasties to the top of the fence, it will REALLY make it so they don't want to jump your fence. Some shotgun shell in the front yard inside of tubes with something for a fire pin (nail) would be a po' mans landmine. Bye Bye foot.

Bottom line however is, if someone wants in bad enough, they WILL get in. Hell the police go through the walls all the time just take that arm on the swat van (some swat vans) and rip a big ole hole in your house. Your job is to make it so they have to think, is it worth it?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:38 pm
PhunkyMonkey is right. While they are trying their best to get in you could be putting some M855 ammo into them. That will be a great deterrent!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:57 pm
:welcome: Yup, the key to defense is actively defend. If you make it harder to get in, you give yourself more time to actively defend. Slow em down and pump ammo into em. They'll reconsider, trust me LOL.

BTW Huckleberry, if you work with your neighbors you can shut the street down and have a greater area of space. All that takes is a couple junk cars set up to make them weave back and forth if they drive in. Now you have a way to slow folks down so no quick drive up and assault. They'll have to make slow S's in order to get into the neighborhood or onto your street, giving you plenty of time to either identify them or light them up. Getting the neighborhood to be active in it's own defense allows rotation of shifts and work. Harden your house as well, but getting neighbors to help care for themselves is best. Your own home should be your family's Alamo.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:43 pm
They have a "film" that you can put on the windows and slider that makes it almost impossible to break through. Think of it like a super strong tint. Its almost like card stock in thickness and it is sticky on one side that you attach it to the glass.

http://www.diywindowsecurity.com/

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:48 pm
Friday four guys came up my two track with bad intentions I think, when they got up to the house I was already outside with the rifle, point is, and it may sound crazy, but I think they were more imitated by the two angry pit bulls than they were by me and a rifle with a 30rd mag in it. I don't think they will be back and if they do the dogs will be here waiting for them, get your self a good dog or two.
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