Thursday, 12 July 2012

Self Defense on Vacation - #2

Make sure to keep the lawn cut


he first post concerning self defense while on vacation was all about being on the road. I went through a list of basic safety procedures that can be adapted to a variety of traveling experiences.

This post is all about not being at home.

Yes, when you’re traveling, you should have the ability to defend yourself; and when you’re traveling away from home, you should still have the opportunity to defend your home - in a manner of speaking.

You do this through a series of wise preparations.

Before you go on vacation, walk around the perimeter of your home both during the day and at night. (You’re following the example of a martial artist casting a critical eye over her field encampment).

Please don't allow things to "pile up"


Please ask yourself 2 questions -

1.  What makes your house look lived in? Has a bicycle been left out on the lawn? Is there a light on in the living room? Has the lawn been freshly cut?

There should be a few basic signals about - either by day or by night - that tell someone passing by that “folks are at home.”

So…can you think of 3 things that might make the house look occupied while you’re away?

Might I provide a small list from which you might take some examples -

Have a friend come in to mow the lawn…keep a few lights on a timer that turn on when you are normally at home and turn off when you’re in the habit of going to sleep…have a friend remove any newspapers, flyers, etc. so there is no sign of neglect…have someone water the lawn…keep a few things out, innocent objects like a child’s ball (if there are children in the house) or a rake leaning against the wall…etc.

I’m sure that you can think of many more.

Strategic lights kept on a timer


2.  Scan your home with a critical eye, asking yourself: “Where are the weaknesses?”

Is it too easy to see inside the windows? Are there basement windows, and do they seem easy to enter? Are the front and the sides of the house well lit? Are there shrubs and fences close to your home to hide behind? How could someone gain entry?

Prepare your home for your vacation by eliminating the weaknesses you spot. Cover the main windows; make basement windows appear difficult to enter; don’t provide “ground cover” for criminals in search of a home to break into.

Signs like Beware of Dog or Under Video Surveillance often work to deter “crimes of opportunity” on the part of strangers cruising through your neighbourhood.

Those engaged in break and enter crimes want to work fast, with no chance of error. Anything you put in between them and your home, any type of stumbling block, will make them think twice.

As I’ve said, I’m sure that you have many more suggestions. Please share them with our other readers!

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