Let's have a detailed discussion on taking steps beyond the carry of firearms, by reviewing good, practical steps to be better able to withstand forcible attack at home.
GOAL: Presumably, we each have a primary goal of making it harder for criminals to get to us and our family; to enter the home at all; to get in or out undetected and undeterred. Let's presume that's our goal here.
QUESTION: What practical steps make sense to make it harder for criminals to gain access to your family via entry to your property and your home?
Consider aspects such as:
- Home design/layout -- what works well, what inhibits
- Proximity to dense foliage (clear lines of sight from the home)
- Proximity to tough foliage (difficulty of entry to the home)
- Tougher doors/windows
- Lighting -- what specific options work well
- Alarm / monitoring -- what works well, or doesn't
- Dogs or other (4WD or aerial) notification systems
- Knowing your neighbors -- how does this help
- Neighborhood awareness, generally -- what level of knowledge/awareness
- Knowing your local police/sheriff -- how does this help
- "Safe" room or other suitable ensconced position
- Weapons access/availability, an precautions against unauthorized access (criminals, children)
- Training -- knowledge of safety/security plans amongst family members
What do you recommend? What have you found that works, or doesn't work? Got resources, for further study?
Let's discuss practical steps, their utility, their relative pros/cons as you see them in the larger scheme of preparing against crime. Keep it clean and above board, please, without devolving into tit-for-tat claims of morality and relative need. We'll all see the relative need or utility of a given step or tool differently. This is where we can learn from each other about aspects of practical defensive posture we might not have previously been aware of.
Now, some things you have no control over, immediately, such as the specific design/layout of the house. Can't change that without moving. But, each of the items should simply be a matter of a moderate investment in time, money, commitment.
Let 'er rip: discuss the features, pros/cons, aspects of a defensive setup that you would most like to see, or that you can practically obtain in your home.