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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Random Security

The biggest weakness of any security plan is predictability.  WARNING:  This post represents the harsh reality of Anarchy if our fragile society breaks down. 

Prior to an attack, an enemy will access your security to find an opportunity to penetrate it undetected, capture or kill your people and steal your supplies. During the dark ages, it was called rape, pillage and plunder.  The point is, your security plans are important

They will scan the radio frequencies to see if you are using them for communication, and if so, which channels.  Then they will listen to everything you are saying, learning more about you and your group.

Using binoculars, they will watch for days (or even weeks) from a distant vantage point (that you should be watching) to determine:
  1. How many armed capable people (threats) you have?
  2. What your shift change schedules are?
  3. What are your lookout vantage points and what views and area can they see and protect; more importantly, where they cannot see nor protect.
  4. Which of your security teams are not alert and could be easily eliminated?
  5. Do you have roaming security patrols, if so, where do they cover, how often, and how long does it take before they come back around again.  Do they use a "Leave Behind' person at times?
They will develop a plan and probe your defenses to test your ability to detect them and your response, IF you do.

Attacker plans are likely to include a range of things:
  1.  Lure your Security Team away (via a diversion), or into a trap. 
  2. Quietly snipe your security one at a time with a cross bow, or several at once with sound suppressed fire arms; most likely at night, using night vision when others are sleeping and they can sneak in undetected.  Once security is taken out, they storm your central Command Post. 
  3. They may use smoke, tear gas, pepper spray or fire to flush people out and shoot them when they run out.  Fire is less rational as it burns valuable supplies, but may be used by hot heads.
  4. Snipe some of your people when out working, or snipe some of your equipment; when your people come out to work on it, snipe them.
  5. Capture your group's children, women or leaders as hostages to have an inside spy, who will allow them in, or hold them for ransom/barter. When group family members "leave" (read disappear) unexpectedly, certain security must be put in place to watch the remaining family members who may become hostile to save their hostage family member(s).
  6. If your enemy is smart, they will keep your hostages after taking all your guns & ammo, then require regular payments from your group of food and any supplies you can salvage. They will bully your group, harass your women and hurt or kill one of your strongest members occasionally to keep your people in line, just like on one of the Top TV Series (#4).
For these reasons, it is critical that you develop randomized and unpredictable security plans such as those outlined in the Prepper Handbook and that you know what to expect to develop the best plans possible. These plans should be unpredictable so that even your security team doesn't know what the plan is until they report for duty.  Your Security Team Leader should have someone (friendly) probing your defenses often, to determine weaknesses and keep your Security Team alert.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

High Rise Apartment Security


If you have badly needed supplies, expect veterans with military skills to be trying to take them.

Have 2 guards at each watch point at all times that change randomly.

Have bowls to draw for shift lengths daily, so shifts change randomly and are not easy to predict. The Dark Outlook could become a reality.


First Step - Know the building floor plan, and all possible entry points in order to secure them. Building maintenance and long-term residents can provide great insight on this.

  1. Front Door
  2. Back Door
  3. Fire Escape Doors, ladders, etc.
  4.  Parking Garage Door 
  5. Elevators
  6. Stairs
  7. Windows
  8. Receiving Door
  9. Basement Door
  10. Roof Entry

Most likely your entry points will be all you need to watch but also have a Rapid Deployment Team just in case a roving gang or homeless group is trying to break in. In most cases, seeing several armed Guards, will deter them from advancing any further. 

As an extra precaution, you might include a few strategic long distance vantage points for early warnings to see things like this (gangs) coming. But more complex security may become necessary, so it is good to know how to develop and implement a plan. Be sure to put needed security measures in place before it is too late.


Step Two - develop a written building Security Plan, with other trusted, mature, (armed) residents, who will be known as the Security Leaders, except for a few, who will remain confidential Security Leaders.  They will discretely infiltrate the neighborhood to hear and report any concerns, objections or possible uprisings, that might put the building resident's safety at risk.  You never know how bad it might get, so plan for the worst.  With any Neighborhood Watch Plan, diplomacy & democracy is critical, and it is good to partner with other buildings in your area.



The plan should include different versions.   A Members Version that you plan to share with all residents in a time of crisis, so have sufficient copies printed in advance.  This version should include limited details, such that copies falling into the wrong hands will not be devastating.  You might issue one copy per floor, clearly identified, possibly with a large watermark ("FLOOR 2"), or a serial number, so any recovered copies can be traced to their source.  This will be primarily an introduction and a sign-up sheet.

On this Members Version, let the members know that:  "We need a security plan to protect us, and your assistance will be important.  The plan should include a 24-7 security watch to help achieve our objective, which is to ensure the building residents are safe.

"All able-bodied adults will be asked to assist.

It is probably best to read this to the members at a security meeting, before passing out copies

Advise any who express objections, that "Your participation may be nothing more than watching the street from your window" (which would be a strategic vantage point like a corner apartment might offer), ... "or sitting on the Lobby Sofa & alerting us if anyone tries to get in."  If they continue to object, advise that .... "We won't ask anyone to do something they can't do" ... and move on.  If they don't see a need for security, advise "we respect your opinion, but that cannot stop those of us who feel that having security is important.... after all, it's better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it." ... and move on. Your Confidential Security Leaders should identify these objectors and arranged to talk with them further after the meeting to determine how strong their objections are & if they represent a threat, or may call the law.

"Points of entry will be watched to ensure the safety of everyone and we will call 911 if anyone threatens our safety."  

"Now I'd like to open the floor to questions, after which we will ask for a volunteer from each floor to be the Floor Leader.  Their job will be to listen to the concerns of the floor residents and help address them. If there are more than one volunteers from a floor, the floor residents will vote for them confidentially via a secret ballot.  But first let's answer some questions.

Open the floor to questions, answer a few generically, disclosing only what you have said above, and that: "The Floor Leaders will be involved in the decision process of what and how we do things.  We won't know what all that will include until the floor leaders meet.

"If the vote is to not have a security plan/team, then so be it.  I'm well-armed and can protect my place.  This was really an effort to protect the others and our building." Then pass out the Members Plan / Volunteer Signup sheet to list their name, apartment number & optional phone number (nothing else).  You may also consider individual floors having security, and others not having it.  You can publish a list of floors that have security guards.  When the uncooperative floors see this, they may decide to join; if so, be careful / reluctant to accept what could prove to be trouble makers.  A small team is better than a larger cancerous team.

Ideally you have already identified and asked someone you trust from each floor to volunteer.  

Select the Floor Leaders and move on to a smaller scale meeting.  Any further questions, will be answered by the Floor Leaders, after we meet and figure out the details. 

Your Floor Leader meeting will be to re-emphasize there is NO Hidden Agenda.  The only objective is to ensure the safety of the building residents.  CAN WE AGREE ON THIS?  It is okay if we disagree on the best way to do this, but as reasonable people, we should be able to come up with a plan that we can ALL Support as a team.... even if we individually thought there was a better way.  We can always fine tune it as needed.

Our goal at this meeting is not to make a plan, but rather to agree on this.   After which we will go meet with the residents of our floors, hear their concerns, and then meet again to develop a plan that meets our objective and that considers their concerns.  I'd like to schedule this planning meeting at:.. Day / Time / Place.

Four (4) Look Outs at building corners can see approaching activity from a long distance. 

On a building this size, you could have two at each corner if risk was high, and still have residents only watching a few hours per week.

Have four bowls, one for each corner, with a number for each floor to randomly draw who works the next shift.  Once drawn, your name/number doesn’t go back in the bowl for X days.




Your Confidential Version(s) will include critical, highly confidential, security details that are not shared in its entirety.  Only limited, need to know, details are shared as needed to develop and execute the plan.  Do not even show them to the Floor Leaders.  So, let's talk about what our plan should include:

  1. Several Teams:  Command Post (Base); Guard Posts, Listening Posts, Rapid Deployment, Scouts, and Support Teams.
  2. Watch the surrounding area from a high vantage point Guard Post, so you can see what is coming for a long way.  This might be from the corner of a parking garage where you can see up and down two streets, in both directions.  It might include looking out windows of a corner apartment, or from the roof, or a combination of these.  You need to be watching all avenues of approach to see if Rioters / Looters are approaching.  Work in pairs, and change the pairings every few days.   A parking garage floor, just below the top one, gives you cover (vs just concealment), from shooters above in higher buildings.
  3. Randomize all guard details so they are not predictable.  The biggest weakness of any security plan is predictability.  Have layered security with backups to support the front-line security personnel, or cover for them during a retreat.
  4. While cell phones may work, it is good to have radios for communication.  They make good Christmas Gifts.  The number needed will depend on the size and complexity of the building being secured.  I would say that 6 to 50 might be required.  You will need one for each Guard Post, with two guards, one for the Command Post, then possibly three for the Rapid Deployment Team, two for a Scout Team and a few extras.
  5. Have some means for Intruder Detection.  It may be security cameras with someone watching them (Command Post), motion detectors, trip wires, or motion detecting lights in hall ways, stair ways, around the facility and near entrance ways.  Having dogs on the ground floor running the hall ways, or stairways may be a good idea.  Allow residents with manageable dogs to have them at their Guard Post or Scout Team, except at Listening Posts.
  6. Secure the elevators, so they are not accessible on floors that would be easy to breech. If under attack, stop them from running, unless temporarily released and supervised by security at both the pickup floor and drop off floor.  
  7. Building entry may be limited to existing residents for security purposes, depending on how severe the threat is outside. Permitting any new people to enter poses a risk to all residents. Keep a list and photo of any who are allowed to enter / stay, and maybe even residents who will be in the building.  Any people inside or seeking entry who are not recognized should be photographed, questioned and their residence confirmed by sending their picture to the Command Post.
  8. Have a Rapid Deployment Team that can respond to security alerts, but never send more than 1/3, because it could be a decoy.  In fact, it may be good to send another 1/3 to the opposite side where a sneak attack is most likely to occur after a diversion. 
  9. Have Guard Posts at strategic locations that provide security without stressing your available resources.  This may include entry points strategic and vantage points.  Locations within sight of each other and that can help guard each other are ideal.
  10. Have a Listening Post at locations where you can hear what is going on.  This usually is a hidden position near where heavy foot traffic occurs, but could simply be hanging out at a bus or rail station, city park, corner store or any place nearby where people gather and talk.  Your people doing this, should dress appropriately and not allow outsiders to connect them with your building.  Ideally don't let them connect you with a team mate who is also present; It should appear that you two don't know each other, or are only acquaintances in time. Don't travel together, unless the risk from being alone is high.
  11. Glass doors & windows can be broken, especially on the first floor, but 2nd floor windows and those near other buildings could also be at risk.  If you were trying to break in, where might you try? 
  12. Audit and inspect your security system or the bad guys may do it for you.

Below is what the planned staffing might include on every shift, 6 shifts total, first, second and third shift, 3 days on, 4 days off, followed by four days on, 3 days off.

  1. Two guards at each Guard Post entry point; for our example, let's suppose we have two entry points, so 4 guards per shift with 2 radios required.
  2. Two (or 4) guards at each of 4 corners of the building looking out a window. 8 guards per shift with 4 radios required.
  3. One Rapid Deployment Team with 6 (minimum), 9, 12 or 15 guards, divisible by three, so they can deploy to threats in two places and still have reserve resources.  6 guards with 3 radios required, never in less than groups of 2 with 1 radio per group.  If this group is needed, having a radio is essential for each pair.
  4. One Scout Team of 4 for patrolling / scouting around the building in a diamond formation (see Security Drills).  4 guards, with 2 radios required, never in less than groups of 2 with 1 radio per group.
  5. Two guards at two Listening Posts, stationed randomly in different discrete areas around the building to hear people talking without being aware they are being heard.  4 guards, with 4 radios required.  1 Radio per person, since they are remote, we need redundancy in case batteries die, etc.
  6. Two guards at two random vantage points, like a parking garage, across the street, or some place they can see what is going on well.  4 guards with 4 radios.  1 Radio per person, since they are remote, we need redundancy in case batteries die, etc.
  7. Two Security Team Leaders at the Command Post. 2 guards with 2 radios required.  They may need to be communicating with two different groups simultaneously, hence 2 radios.  They should also keep the extra one, that can be deployed where/when needed via the support team.
  8. One Support Team to assist the other teams as needed.  Need 1 per 10 guards, with 1 radio each.  The Support Team will deliver supplies to the teams, give breaks, etc. but also serve to check their readiness.  If they can walk up to a team and not be seen, the team has just failed miserably.

Here are some example security teams:

Minimum Security, entry points only + 1 guard at a command post.  Total guards per shift = 5, with 3 radios.  Probably best to have 6 radios, three in use, and three on charging.  With 6 Shifts as above, this would require 30 Guard Volunteers.

Heavy Security guards per shift = 4 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 2 = 32 per shift + 3 support (1/10) for a total of 35 guards per shift in this example, with 24 radios (ideally) calculated as: 2+4+3+2+4+4+2+3.  With 6 Shifts, this would require 195 volunteers.  This seems like a lot, and it is, but if you partner with some neighboring buildings to form a Neighborhood Watch, you will secure a lot more area, share the burden, and have a larger, stronger defense team.  A risk of large teams, especially with unknown members, is that it is easier for an outsider to infiltrate your team, without anyone realizing it. Having some kind of Photo ID check system is advisable, and/or have everyone from each floor / building report to work at the same time, together to ensure they know each other.

Obviously, you must adjust this planning for your building needs which will likely be somewhere in between, and to have 24 radios in use, you need 25 to have a spare, with 25 available to use, and another 25 to be on charging. Area businesses may be willing to provide the radio's or supplies if you also help protect their businesses.

Ideally each guard will have a handgun, but that is unlikely. Priorities on Guns are given first to the Rapid Response Team, then one at each guard station. But no gun confiscations in any form or fashion. Then guns, as available to the Scout Team and other guard stations.  

In the early stage, concealed carry should be the only guns present.  You don't want your neighbors calling the police on you. Once stories of raiding gangs gets out and the police are over loaded, then open carry and ARs might be more acceptable, possibly even a welcome sight for some.  But think about this.  Two masked bandits have broken your home window and crawled in.  You see one has a gun, and one doesn't.  When your life is threatened, who will you shoot first?

Security Supplies

Having enough radios will be difficult, but okay if cell phones are working. Low cost Whistles can be helpful to communicate and call for help. Having enough guns will be a challenge, and if things stay bad for long, Ammo will run out.  So, a good question to ask now:  How much Ammo do I need?

In a worst-case scenario, there will be plenty of guns in the hands of dead people who ran out of Ammo.  Let's hope it never comes to this, but the point is that lots of Ammo is important.  A bow and arrows is an excellent stealthy weapon in the right hands; especially when the ammo runs out.

If we are shooting a gun, every 10 seconds... that is bang, thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, thousand four, thousand five, thousand six, thousand seven, thousand eight, thousand nine, thousand ten, bang.  

Hopefully you get the point that this is a very slow ammo usage rate, but over time it is a lot of ammo.  This is 6 shots per minute, 360 per hour, and 2,880 in an 8-hour shift.  

So, the question(s) now is how much ammo do you have, how long would it last at a low usage rate like this, and how much do you need to buy?

And there are other things that we need, like First Aid supplies including a trauma kit.  Other things to consider might be suggested by the Rule of 3 which says:

You can die in:

  1. 3 seconds without security;
  2. 3 minutes without air;
  3. 3 hours without shelter (in hostile weather);
  4. 3 days without water &
  5. 3 weeks without food.

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Last but not least, know your local and state laws on self-defense.  In States without a Castle Doctrine, or Stand Your Ground rights, if a gang breaks into your home, you are legally obligated to retreat and let them have whatever they want. Apparently, some states respect the rights of criminals, more than they respect the rights of their citizens. 


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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Home Defense Plan

How to Create a Home Defense Plan That Really Works

By Seth Thompson published in General, How To, Safety and Training

Every year, somewhere between 1.2 million and 3+ million American citizens use a firearm in self-defense, according to recently compiled home invasion statistics and crime reports. These numbers offer proof for the need to take home defense planning seriously.

burglar using a crowbar to break into a house
Be aware of your home’s weak points, such as windows that a burglar can break into using a crowbar.

This doesn’t mean that homeowners should live in fear. It means that responsible homeowners need to use comprehensive home defense strategies to protect their property. The most effective strategies require proper planning and the best information to go off of to prevent these incidents from happening in their homes.

Here’s how to create a home defense plan that really works:

Start By Burglar-Proofing Your Home

Over 2 million home burglaries are reported each year in the U.S., according to Safeguard the World, a Florida security company. It’s important for homeowners to take the first critical step to protect themselves against the most common crime in most neighborhoods, by burglar-proofing their homes. Burglars are typically opportunists who will break into a house if it looks unkempt or unsecured.

Modern door lock with multiple bolts

Choose a modern security door with multiple latch bolts.
Start by securing potential weak points in your home, such as open windows, unlocked doors, open backyards with bushes, garages without lighting, and unsecured entry points to balconies and upper floors. Such weak points are what burglars or home invaders will look for when trying to get into your home.

Make sure your home is well maintained. Strategically place outdoor lighting to cover blind spots, trim your outdoor shrubs and lawn, never leave ladders outside, clear away debris, and fix any damaged windows and locks. Embrace the habit of shutting your windows and locking all doors when you’re not at home.

You can also get yourself and your family a dog as part of your home security plan. Large breeds, such as German Shepherds, Pit bulls, Labradors, Doberman, Bull mastiff, Akita, and Rottweilers are great options for homeowners who are serious about their home defense and deterrent strategies. These intelligent breeds have loud barks and are able to warn families of an intruder.

Install Video Surveillance Cameras

two security cameras on a pole
Consider a system of outdoor surveillance cameras as a deterrent.

Only 20% of American homes use security cameras. Despite this, it’s important to note that homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be broken into than homes with them. Criminals don’t want to be recorded or seen, which is one of the main reasons why cameras are an effective deterrent. If you keep many valuables in your home or spend a lot of time away, installing security cameras is a must.
Modern security camera systems are more cost-effective than ever to install and maintain. Many also carry advanced features standard, such as remote viewing and playback from phones, tablets, and computers. Additional features for consideration include long-range infrared night vision, pan-tilt-zoom capabilities, motion-sensitive activation.
Install cameras in strategic areas like your main entry doors, garage, or backyard. Put up a surveillance sign saying “Video surveillance in use 24/7.” This is usually a great deterrent.

Consider Getting a Self-Defense Firearm

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Regularly practice at a firing range for self-defense so you know your gun and are prepared to use it.

As part of your home defense plan, it’s advisable also to get yourself a rifle, shotgun or handgun for self-defense. Consider the type of gun and ammunition you need for self-defense, the training required to become proficient at using it, and additional equipment you may need. This could be a flashlight, ear protection, and/or a well-fitting holster.
You must also ensure that your gun or guns are stored safely in an easily accessible gun safe, so that your weapons and ammunition are ready when they’re needed.

Regularly Review and Practice Your Home Defense Plan

A home defense plan is never complete without regular reviews and practice to ensure its viability. By combining home defense strategies such as, burglar proofing, installing surveillance cameras both indoors and outdoors, and keeping a firearm ready, you can more easily take control of any situation that puts you and your family at risk. Cameras are an especially effective enhancement to the way you use guns for self-defense, as tools for enhanced situational awareness.
Make sure to strengthen all possible points of entry in your home and keep your home defense deterrents up to date. You and your family need a concrete home defense plan and must be able to execute it without hesitation or confusion. Consider the size and layout of your home, how many people live in your home, the abilities, and age of each member, and other details like where to go or regroup in case of a breach.

Taking the Right Approach

You can create a home defense plan that really works by being realistic and preparing for the most likely scenarios first. With the right approach, your home will be protected from incidents like break-ins when you’re at home or away, property intrusion and others.

Do you have a home security plan or tip? Share it in the comment section.

Seth Thompson is a writer and content strategist specializing in topics concerning homeowners and business owners for companies including CCTV Security Pros. he also writes about developments in science and technology. In his free time, Seth enjoys basketball and nature walks.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Home Security

FBI statistics indicate a home is robbed every 13 seconds and since not all police departments report their statistics to the FBI is is probably more frequent than that.   

The key to strong security is more than a good Security Plan, you must include regular assessment and testing of your security systems.  Any decent robbers will study your patterns for weaknesses and possibly even probe your security by approaching under some false pretense.  

Burglars do NOT like lights, loud sounds (like barking dogs) nor company.  They prefer dark, quite places to rob, preferably when no one is at home.  But what if a burglar doesn't realize that you are home, and quietly comes in while you are sleeping; would you detect an intruder?  Imagine waking to the sound of breaking glass.  What would you do? Do you own a gun for personal protection or home defense?

Predictability is the biggest weakness behind no security at all, or not having a good weapon. During hurricanes and modern day disasters, looters and gangs start rioting and robbing within the first 3 days. So being prepared is important.  The wealthier your neighborhood & more Modern your Home is, the more attractive target you are.

Here are some simple and affordable things you can buy that will help protect your home.

Outdoor solar powered lights can add highlights to your yard, and keep it lit up, even when the electricity is off for less than $6.50 each.  If you get the type that uses AA batteries, they can double as solar powered battery chargers.

Something as simple as motion lights or alarms or even a big dog bowl by the back door can deter burglars. 

Another good deterrent are light timers. They make it look like you are home, even when you are away. By plugging a timer in to a timer, you can add an element of randomness that prevents burglars from realizing you are really gone and just using a timer that is on/off at the same time each day.

If you can't afford a home security system add a good motion detecting game camera which will take pictures when movement is detected around your home. Some will send the pictures to your phone for $10/month.

In a serious event, city dwellers need a neighborhood watch plan while country folk have less neighbors to depend on but also less neighbors to pose a threat to your safety. But there will be mass hoards of people evacuating the cities when their food and water runs out.

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