Easy Ways to Secure Your Homestead are hard to come by due to the many ways intruders have devised ways of accessing homes. A homestead is a haven for both self-sufficiency and free lifestyle away from the city. Typically, it appears safe with less likelihood or no possibility of any external attacks. However, you should know that the property suffers occasional intrusions by thieves and other ravagers roaming about.
When you think about homestead security, don’t limit it to your personal or farm machinery. Include your poultry, livestock, garden and everything in it from external predators. If you have animals, they can break out and wander away. Besides, they can destroy the garden as you sleep.
Just recently, our secluded home was broken into and several farm machinery stolen. We had never taken security with the seriousness it deserved until this happened. Losing so much in a single entry has got us thinking on how to secure our land firmly.
To avoid joining these statistics, follow through these ten tips on how to stop thieves and other intruders on their tracks.
1. Build Fences
The fence is the first point of contact between your home and the intruder. It means that its strength and impenetrability is paramount. A sturdy fence will deter any potential stealing plan from its onset. However, some of the more daring thieves will try to gamble their way in.
Here are some of the fences you can use to deter this group;
· Barbed Wire
The best plan is to enclose the whole farm with the barbed wire. The wire forms a sturdy fence when installed with strong and well-spaced posts. This fence is suitable for securing cattle from wandering out of the home or accessing the garden. It is not ideal for sheep and other smaller animals as they can pass through. The woven fence is more appropriate for such animals.
· Woven Wire
The woven wire has smaller holes that prevent sheep and poultry from escaping. On the other hand, predators such as foxes that eat your chicken will find it hard to access. The fence is woven into small rectangles and squares and lined with barbed wire for additional strength. It is, therefore, suitable for paddocking.
Though the installation of the woven wire is more labor-intensive and expensive, it makes reliable and nice-looking fences compared to the barbed wire.
· Electric Fence
The electric fence remains the most effective security measure for homesteads. It keeps the farm safe from all intruders, including thieves and predators. An electrical current run through the high tensile wires causing shock to any living thing that comes into contact with it.
Although it’s cheaper to install the electric fence, you must monitor it daily. Any overgrown grass or dead animal hanging on the wires may ruin the energizer leading to current failure. Sometimes it’s advisable to set up a dual electric and barbed wire fence for backup when the electric fence fails.
The survivalist on off the grid has an option of going solar on the electric fence. However, you can choose to use the solar even if you are on the network to save on the electricity bills.
Learn how to install the electric, woven and barbed wire fence here.
What Else For the Fences?
Fences require regular maintenance and monitoring to keep them in the right conditions. The posts may start bending or rotting after several years, causing the wires to sag. Replace them with new ones and repair any sagging wires.
To avoid replacing the posts now and then, use pressure-treated wood for posts to inhibit the effects of insects and moisture. Further, choose the wood species like cedar or redwood that are more resistant to rot and decay.
2. Install Strong Gates
As the fence encloses the whole homestead, the gates remain the only point of entry. You can select a suitable gate, depending on your taste. However, an ideal gate is metallic with no openings on the lower section. Such an enclosed gate blocks passersby from peering into the homestead. Besides, intruders will encounter difficulty accessing the home through this kind of gate.
Some Advice on Gates
Gates provide reliable security measures when used correctly.
- Always close and fasten the locks on the gate after entry and on leaving the premise. Thieves lookout for lapses in this process to gain access when you least expect.
- Regularly check out for breakages and fix any broken part immediately.
- The gate’s hedges need regular oiling for smooth movement and minimizing noise when opening or closing.
- Plant some prickly plants around the gate and beyond on the fence. Plants such as Blackthorn, holly and berberis will add security and dissuade any intruder. With these thorny plants, it won’t be easy to scale the walls and the gate.
- If you are a DIY person, you can buy a handy book on farm fences and gates to learn more on the appropriate fences and gates for your garden and how to install them.
3. CCTV Installations
You can’t be everywhere around the homestead at the same time. However, CCTV innovations have made that possible. Install CCTV cameras at an appropriate place throughout the farm. You should be able to observe any area that you feel necessary at any time.
Invest in a home security surveillance camera that has a wide vertical rotational range to cover the whole area of interest. The extensive coverage means that you won’t miss on anything at any time on the field.
This camera can be configured to a wired or a wireless connection to give you real-time reports on your monitor or mobile phone. The early alert gives you ample time to respond to the situation before the breakage gets out of hand.
Now that we know almost all thefts happen in the dead of the night when you are asleep. How will the surveillance deter the thieves? The camera has a night vision and motion-detecting lights. Anything that moves will be detected and ignite the alert system that awakes you with the images sent to your screen in real-time.
I have long argued with fellow gardeners and family on whether to keep the surveillance cameras discrete or display them openly. My stand is to keep them hidden, but you can choose otherwise to fit your situation.
4. Get More from Driveways and Paths
When designing your homestead, avoid setting your living quarters near the fence. Have a 50 meters space between the house and the entrance. These spaces allow you to observe any guests before they come closer to the home or slip to the shed where you have kept your valuables.
You are a busy person, and you may not see every person that enters the compound. The forgotten trick is to align the driveways and paths with gravel or any material that creates some form of noise when stepped on. The sound will alert you of an incoming person. Moreover, the gravel makes it harder to run into hiding or limit movement speed in case of a theft.
5. Floodlights system
Install a well-operating floodlight system on the garage, front dooryard, and other areas that have high-price and easy to carry items. Floodlights with a motion detector illuminate a large area scaring away any intruder.
The solar-powered, wireless LED solar motion sensor with a wide-angle and waterproof security has features any homesteader needs. It has super bright illumination that no intruder withstands. The extensive-angle coverage with high sensitivity sensors ensures that nothing evades without detection. This lighting system is solar-powered, making it convenient if you live off the grid. If you live on the grid, you save on electricity consumption and exclude the risk of intrusion during black-outs.
6. Set Alarm Systems
Alarm systems have been around for scaring the intruders away and alerting you when there is an intrusion. It emits a loud sound surprising and sending fear chills to the uninvited guest.
Set the alarm sensors at all worthy entrance and suspected points where thieves may use to gain entry. You can place them on the drive-way, on the garage doors, the cowshed, etc. make sure that you set some sensors at a must pass route.
Make sure you check out the detection range in any alarm system. The htzsafe solar driveway alarm system has a wireless range of up to quarter of a mile from the sensor to the receiver. Anything that comes anywhere within 50 feet of the sensor is detected and ignites the alarm. The distance covers most of the essential areas that you need to be covered.
7. Build Some Safe Rooms
Although the idea of safe rooms may appear far-fetched, its presence is handy when the outside world experiences a drastic economic downturn and lawlessness. The police may be overwhelmed and maybe focusing on more important places and people. Besides, you are far away from the police’s help.
Aside from the usual burglary or wanton invasion, the world is experiencing pandemics like the novel coronavirus and unprecedented nuclear wars. You have to prepare for these eventualities by building underground bunkers or involving the underground shelter experts to install one for you.
The average American believes that they need a safe room. Your homestead needs it much more for security when attacked by violent intruders. Moreover, you can train your kids to take refuge in it when they sense danger in your absence. The best safe rooms are underground although you can select one of your rooms in the house and fortify it as shown here.
8. Use Reliable Padlocks
Aside from employing all other home security apparatus, the padlock remains a must-have tool. The alarm system or CCTV surveillance acts as a scare mechanism or for providing the incidence footage in the future. However, you can’t rely on this apparatus alone. The intruder will have to struggle past the padlock to access your property.
A heavy-duty padlock like the four-digit combination disc with keyless lock for sheds, fence, and storage units fits all your descriptions for a secure home. It has multiple applications around your home and easy to set combination with no need to carry keys.
9. Keep a Good Breed of a Dog
Dogs are known to secure homes since time immemorial. They have strong scents that distinguish guests from family members several miles away. Intruders are wary of households with dogs and would avoid intruding. However, if they try their luck, the dogs are trained to stop them on their tracks. They act fast by barking, thereby alerting you and can also growl chasing intruders away.
The German shepherd remains top in my security dog list. They are friendly to family members with high intelligence and easy to train. Their attacking speed and energetic growl will scare any intruder.
The bullmastiff is another suitable choice for its braveness. The dog is very loyal and will go extra miles to save the master and home properties.
Keeping a few of any of these two breeds assures you of twenty-four-hour live protection in the whole surrounding. These breeds are readily available for you can buy at the animal shelter near you.
10.Buy a Good Home-Gun
Although the homestead is far from the crime-riddled city, there could still be trouble from any corner. Living long distances from the city may result in more severe attacks, as help could take longer. Most homesteaders will agree that they feel safer with a home-gun in the closet. Besides, if an actual attack happens, you can respond and scare away thieves or injure them, reducing their strength.
The Umarex Ruger Targis Hunter Max Pellet Gun Air Rifle With Scope is made with the homesteader in mind. It has a nucleus rail platform that reduces vibration and the scope movement when making a shot. The design makes it easier to fire shot after shot disorienting your enemy.
Insecurity is an event etched in our minds at all times, especially on homesteaders who are far from security help. Securing the home with a fence and installing security tools is one of the most important things to do. Consequently, working on the psychology of the would-be intruders by showing them how you have taken security seriously dissuades them from carrying on with their plan before-hand.
Security for your homestead is continuous, and there’s no period that you sit back. Regularly check where security lapse may occur and offer a timely remedy. Also, sometimes you may perform drills as an intruder and reveal unknown loopholes that could be posing a threat to the home.