Monday, April 10, 2023

Personal and Home Security

By Tim Gamble

Crime worsens. Violence grows. Police departments get defunded. DAs play politics instead of doing their jobs. The DOJ, the FBI, the ATF, and even the IRS have been weaponized against We the People. Traditional values and long-standing norms of right and wrong have been erased from the schools, the pop culture, and the media, displaced by political ideology disguised as social and environmental justice. In many cases, our military and corporate leadership have joined the Cult of Wokeness. Even many modern "churches" have embraced this pagan cult, rejecting any part of Scripture that goes against modern worldly views. Our dystopian world has become very dangerous. And it will get more so as the system slowly breaks down.

We can no longer farm out our personal and family security to others. We cannot depend on the police, the legal system, or the government to protect us. We must take back personal responsibility for our own safety and security, and that of our family and community. 

The Foundation

Learn about situational awareness and the OODA loop (link to my article), which is where security starts. This is much more than just "paying attention," although that is a small part of it, and it is much more important than many people realize. Seriously, please read that article, even if you think you understand both situational awareness and the OODA loop. 

Home Security

Consider making needed security upgrades to your home, such as heavier security doors, dead bolt locks, chain locks, additional outdoor lighting, motion activated lights, and getting a dog. Don't forget about doing similar things for any storage sheds or other out-buildings on your property. 

Consider using security cameras (here's a good four-camera system with DVR recorder for under $200 on Amazon). Be cautious of Ring and other Internet-based camera systems, as they can be hacked and actually become a privacy and security threat. Decide for yourself what is best for your situation.

Consider your landscaping. Are there tall shrubs right next to your house, or beside porches and walkways? These make fine hiding spots for bad guys. On the other hand, trees and heavy planters / raised garden beds between the road and your house could make fine barriers to vehicles coming onto your property. Fences and gates are also barriers, and make your property lines obvious. The point is to think about how your landscaping affects your security. 

Exercise your rights to self-defense. Be armed, and know how to use your firearms (training!). Many of you are already gunowners. Good! But get training. If you're not a gunowner already and are new to guns, I suggest you start with a good home-defense shotgun, such as the H&R Pardner (relatively affordable, effective, and easy-to-use for beginners). Talk with your local gun shop for more suggestions, as well as information on your applicable gun laws, training, and gun safety courses. If you have firearms, every member of your household should take an age-appropriate gun safety course. Teach your children to respect guns, not fear them.

Personal and Family Security

Again, learn about situational awareness and the OODA loop (link to my article), which is where security starts.

I recommend that most folks own and learn how to use a sidearm, and to carry on an everyday basis if possible. Consult with your local gun dealer - they will be able to help you pick out an appropriate sidearm for you, guide you to a good self-defense firearms training course, and make you aware of applicable gun laws.

Everyone in your family should take a regular self-defense course (you can find age appropriate courses). A good self-defense course won't just cover the physical aspects of self-defense, but also give tips and advice on avoiding dangerous situations in the first place.

Talk over with your family ideas about staying safe when away from home, including shopping in groups, parking in well-light, highly-visible locations, avoiding dangerous areas of town, letting people know where you are going and when to expect you back, and paying attention to your surroundings, not becoming distracted by your phones and other electronic devices. 

Everyone in your family/group should learn first aid. Please take a first aid course as soon as possible. Places you may be able to find a basic first aid course include your local YMCA, fire department, rescue squad, or community college. You also may be able to organize a course through your church, scouting organization, or a local community or civic club.

In need of a first aid handbook? I recommend the ACEP First Aid Manual 5th Edition: The Step-by-Step Guide for Everyone. It is more up-to-date than the current Red Cross one (2014 vs. 1992). 

You might also be interested in my recent article, Surviving Riots, Civil Unrest and Political Turmoil

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