The Principles of Protection

In the First World War, both sides developed lines of trenches stretching from the Channel to Switzerland. There was the front line trench with firing positions protected by yards of barbed wire. Then several hundred yards back, there was a secondary trench and further back, yet a third trench.

The idea was that if the enemy overran your first line of defence you could retreat to your second, and if the second, to the third. Even if all three lines were overrun, there were still options if you held the ends of the overrun lines. These could then be used in a pincer attack on the flank of the now exposed attackers.

Too much history? Well, consider what was going on in principle. The idea was that you assumed failure and made a series of contingency plans.

The same is true of a well thought out system of home security. There should be the first line; the exterior shell of the house, the front door, the downstairs windows. Then there should be a second line; an interior security gate or door. And finally there should be a third line; your bedroom door.

Most home security systems concentrate on the first, and most obvious, line of defence. You need to do better. You need to think through an attack in far more detail. You need a response for every failure in home security.

This blog, and my book, Home Invasion Prevention, will show you how to accomplish that goal.

Does this sound like too much trouble? Then, do nothing; you’ll have plenty of company, believe me. But if it doesn’t, then start now by buying my book, reading it, and taking the measures it recommends.

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  1. My Methods are simple … I choose to not live near large immigrant populations or impoverished areas of any town or city … prefer to live in a small city or big town .. big cities have much more invasion and crime. Next I keep a gun handy on each floor on the house. Next, I never answer (or stand near) my door until I know who is on the other side of it. I watch for the sort of drive by folks who may be looking for a place to rob … I watch for this … Awareness is half the battle.

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