Just how secure is your bug out location? Is it hard to find? Do many people know about it? What precautions have you set in place to add to its security? Or maybe you don’t even have one yet, but you’re wanting to learn what makes a good one?
There are a number of things that you need to think about when adding security to your bug out location, especially so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Here are a number of ways detailing how to really secure your bug out location.
Choose the Right Distance and Location
Unless you live far out in a country setting, or an extremely isolated area, you may not want your bug out location to be on your property. Although I am not bugging out, I’m just giving you the heads up.
Especially if a natural disaster was to come through that would wipe out both your house and your bug out location, along with most other places in your region.
- Choosing the right distance away from your home may require you to travel dozens of miles to get there. You want it to be further away, but not so far that it’s out of reach. You’ll need an appropriate vehicle to get you there.
- You also want to think about knowing a couple of different routes to get there, in case the main road is no longer accessible.
- Besides worrying about distance, a good location is also something else to consider when you’re thinking about security. Choose a location that not only has a good vantage point, but one that is also hidden and has natural barriers surrounding it, like a mountain or a river.
It needs to be far away from the main roads and in an isolated place away from the presence of many people. There also needs to be other strategic places and fox holes where you can scope out any possible dangers.
Seclusion with Plenty of Tree Cover
Also related to location, seclusion will play a vital role in the security of your bug out location. Camouflage will be paramount, whether it’s in a densely tree populated area or in an abandoned garbage dump. You don’t want to advertise that a prepper is living near the premises, so keeping your area as natural as possible is a good idea.
Difficult to Access
No matter how secluded or isolated of a location that you’ve come across for your bug out location, when SHTF, someone else is sure to also stumble upon it. That’s because everyone will be running for their lives, seeking shelter in locations such as yours.
It will be important that you make your bug out location as difficult to access as possible. Which brings me to my next point.
Set Up Boobie Traps and Alarms
Creating a defense around the perimeter of your location is something that you should seriously look into. You may not want to hurt anybody, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be willing to hurt you.
Do your best to deter them by setting up booby traps to let them know that their presence will not be tolerated. The closer one gets to your bug out’s front door, the more lethal those boobie traps should become.
There are also DIY alarms that you can easily place on the entryways of your bug out location, but also a little further away to give you more of a heads up if any people may be present.
Have Plenty of Cameras
Another boost to your bug out location’s security would be to have plenty of cameras in place. No, i’m not talking about fake cameras that can scare away people, I’m referring to the ones that can actually record.
Cameras can provide you with enough time to take up precautions instead of being caught completely blindsided.
Motion Sensor Flood Lights
Not only do motion sensor flood lights turn animals away, they can turn away people too. Motion sensored flood lights are ideal for revealing trespassers after the sun has gone down.
Plant Thorny Bushes
You could also plant thorny bushes all around your bug out property to keep people away. The only downside to this is that it’s going to take a long time for them to grow and spread out.
Electric Shock Fence
An electric shock fence around the perimeter of your bug out location will send a message to strangers that they are not permitted to come nearer.
Keep a Sentry on Patrol
It’s also important that you set a sentry on patrol around your property at all times to give your family a much earlier alert, and also knowing more about the threat before it’s arrived, whether it’s one or two people, or more.
Get a Dog
Having a dog can be both a good and a bad thing and you’ll need to weigh your options. On the one hand, they may bark and give away your location when you’re desperately trying to conceal it, but they can also deter, and alert you when someone unwelcome is lurking about in the dark.
There Is Safety In Numbers
Many preppers make the mistake and only consider bunkering down with just their family members when SHTF. But the truth is, it’s safer to have more people on your side when your current situation has forced you into your bug out location.
While you don’t want to tell strangers about your intentions, it’s only going to help you to tell your closest friends and family where you plan on bunkering down.
Have Personal Protection
Whether we like to talk about it or not, when SHTF, people will do almost anything to ensure that they survive. Your family’s safety is the most important thing, but others may not give a hoot about that. Keeping personal protection on your person you at all times may help you survive.
This is when it’s critical you get your Concealed Weapons Permit, and follow the laws of the land. If you are not comfortable with weapons, make a plan for other options Now to help you to survive.
Know Your Property’s Strengths and Weaknesses
Last but not least, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses about your bug out location. Pay attention for strategic lookout locations, places to hide, as well as safer escape routes should you have to quickly leave your location.
Knowing your bug out’s weaknesses will allow you to keep a better eye on those areas so that you are not compromised, or surprised by potentially dangerous people.
Expert preppers will insist that you have more than one bug out location to turn to, but if finances are holding you back, simply having one is a great start. What are some other ways to add security to a bug out location that would be worth mentioning?
These tips are perfect for learning how to really secure your bug out location.
Now, again, for some of us, bugging out is not an option. Mark and I will not be bugging out, unless of course, an earthquake hits our home. May God bless this world, Linda
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