perfect home is one that protects the family from Crime and Severe Weather. The
home should be built with a hidden safe room that includes both an above and a below ground
safe room for protection from both threats. This is the inner most layer of defense
and should include an escape route.
order to defend your Castle, you need to employ counter measures that have been used for centuries as well as the latest high
tech counter measures that are available on the market today that start with the outer
Layered Defense consists of rings or "layers" of defense that contain counter measures such as fences, dogs, cameras, lights,
locks, weapons, fortified concealed fighting positions, hidden passages, hidden safe rooms and hidden escape routes.
outer most layer of defense, which is the furthest from the defensive position, is that of deterrence.
that a criminal, from a distance, sizes up two homes that are located side by side.
The home to his left or Objective A - looks exactly the same and the one to his right
which is Objective B.
then he notices that Objective A has a fence with a sign on it that says "No Trespassing > Beware of the Dog" and "Smile
- you are on Camera!"
his mind, he assesses the situation in an instant he determines that the difference between the two homes (objectives or targets)
is that one is a Hard Target and the other appears to be a Soft Target.
will likely decide to probe the Soft Target because the Hard "Hardened" Target is "too much work and risk" as opposed to the
soft target that could be as easy as taking candy from a baby.
is the first layer of the defense encountered by the criminal and it will effectively detour him unless he knows for a fact
that there is something worth the risk with-in Objective A.
The outer Layer of Defense that employs Deterrence should include a Fence with Signs that identify liabilities
to the Criminal. Beware of Dog signs and Posted - No Trespassing
signs are important assets that prevent liabilities to the homeowner.
For example, in some States if someone enters your open (no fence and
not posted) property with out permission and breaks their leg by stepping into a hole
or gets bit by your dog, the owner can often be held liable. So, constructing
a fence and posting the property with a No Trespassing Signs and Beware of Dog signs are important.
protecting property with deadly force is not legal or moral in most cases, keeping the criminal out of your yard will keep
him out of your home. This is evident in that once a criminal robs the yard, he then enters the home next.
the Fence and the secure home itself, which should be locked and well lit at all times > is a layer that in military defensive
positions often included booby traps such as pits, razor wire and even motes as well as other obstacles that many of
which can not be employed legally today.
traps can result in criminal charges being filed against the person who builds them.
Wire obstacles can be useful but can also be dangerous to family members especially children.
mote is one obstacle (water obstacle) that can be employed behind a fence on posted property stating No Trespassing but is
often too costly or complicated to build.
If one were to build a mote today, while alligators might not be legal, razor wire located just below the surface could be used to stop or repel those trying to cross the obstacle. You
might want to give a warning that is posted at the mote that razor wire
is located below the water line unless of course you want to surprise the attacker!
The Exterior Defense: This layer of defense outside of the home
consists of a well lighted and locked exterior with surveillance cameras. Lights
with motion censors can be used to illuminate the
exterior. You should ensure that no bushes or vegetation afford criminals the
ability to hide (concealment) while probing the defense. A bush covering a window or door for example is a threat.
Dead Bolt locks on all doors and secure locks on the windows create a secure exterior but only if the outer
walls are fortified which prevents criminals from
simply cutting through a wall in order to gain entry. Some exterior walls on
new homes today can be entered by hand by tearing the siding
and insulation off and then squeezing between the studs or by removing one stud. Most
homes today are not built for function - only form.
Interior Home Defense: When a criminal peers through a window or door, he can be detoured by what he sees. If he sees a camera recording his actions, a flashing alarm system that's armed, a dog or a person who
is alert, he may retreat.
the home the security cameras and alarm system as well as the dogs or guards are visible but there are also invisible counter
Hidden Rooms, Hidden Compartments and Hidden Passages can be used in order to employ the element of surprise.
All of these can become fortified fighting positions in which the enemy can be terminated with out the shooter
being seen by the criminal. In the Castle Defenses there were Murder Holes in which the attackers were killed by unseen fighters.
any panel in a wall, ceiling or floor can be a "Self Defense Portal!"
fortified hidden passages one can shoot and move unseen from location to location employing sniper techniques to repel, terminate
and demoralize the attacker.