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Old 04-27-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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What would you do to secure your yard? Exploding Booby traps might kill a good guy so explosives are out. What can be done to catch or scare off the bad guys?

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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Make your yard into a target range and shoot every weekend and get some rottweilers.

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dig a big ring around your house and fill it with half starved bears. or sharks with lasers on their heads.

but seriously several trained guard dogs works well. it is common to pair a large dog with a yap dog. the small yap dog wakes the big one up and you up.

any physical obstacle or barrier only serves to slow intruders down. obstacles dont prevent advance of the enemy they just slow it. its just as true in defending the home as it is in conduct of war.

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Short of this, my plan are my dogs.
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Get a dog. A big dog. A big dog that barks at intruders and causes them to fill their pants when it snarls. Get a big German Shepherd.

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You could always ring your property with tire spikes

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We have 10 dogs (no kids so we became dog people) that take our security very seriously. Not even the UPS man can get out of his truck unless we say it's ok. They're our early warning system for visitors as well as personal bodyguards. We have lots of copperheads and a few rattlesnakes on our property. I killed 4 copperheads on our front porch last summer. The dogs get the ones I don't see. Our blue heeler killed a rattlesnake about 10 feet from my wife 2 years ago. She got treated real well that night.

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Only passive outside security, A dog or 2, maybe some motion detectors outside, outdoors video cameras ect. I don't want to give osamaobama any idea that I may have something worth security. He would just pass a bill confiscating what I had if he suspected.

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It can depend on the situation.

In everyday situation I want something that:

marks my territory clearly,
deters passive intruders,
slows or deters dedicated intruders,
gives me warning of intruders.

I'd also want it to be easily maintained and defended.

So, the obvious choice for me is a good perimeter fence, with sliding gate. Could be in the form of chain-link, thick brush, or stone/concrete and wrought-iron.

- While some may say that a fence is low-tech, requires someone to man it, and at best only slows enemies, I find it to be a good legal deterrent. And since any defense can be overcome all any defense can do is slow intruders down.

A strong fence will keep out passive intruders who look for the easiest of targets, because the fence itself is an obstacle anddepending on height and construction it may also keep out moderately determined intruders because it may require planning to overcome it

It also marks your territory clearly, so there are no "accidental" intrusions, which may help in dealing with L.E. after any altercations aswell. (No one can say they didn't know they shouldn't have been there when they climbed over a 7ft fence with barbed wire and a "do not trespass" sign!)

Its low-tech, so its pretty easy to maintain. That's a big one for me, KISS, right?


If you want to go complex: security lights, cameras, bells can be added to make a fence more effective as a warning device. All those fancy doodads are hard to maintain and could fail in a power-outage or SHTF.

I also feel that the "extras" give a false sense of security, because its easy to rely on the system to tell you tat everythings fine, instead of being vigilant.

A strong fence with a gate, maybe a dog for warning and extra deterrence, and a vigilant guy with a gun in the house watching... those are the best perimeter defenses.

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That's a big one for me, KISS, right?
Kiss. Exactly.

And I'd like to point out another "kiss" thought.
Don't look like a target!

Do you have three $40k vehicles sitting in your front drive?
Pull them around back.

Can every person that drives by your house see the 500" tv in your living room through the picture window?
Close the blinds.

Got a $1200 grill sitting on your front deck?
Move it.

Common sense. Use it.
I could ride around my town right now and pick out a bazillion homes I'd target if I were a crook.

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