The world of home security remains an exercise in creativity and staying ahead of the criminal and dangerous. Quite often, you see something that is listed for a given purpose, but you realize quickly that it is "dual purpose". Using your creativity can save you some coin as well as provide a degree of security through the unusual that a common criminal may just not want to mess with.
As in previous posts, we will only touch on three ideas per week to keep these posts simple and succinct:
The first item up in today's Tuesday Prepping Security post is the anti-roosting bird spike strip. They are effectively lengths of metal or plastic with an array of pointy, stiff spikes on them, They are applied to window sills with adhesive. I am sure that you could use mechanical fasteners as well. What I am referring to are often found in public architecture, in places such as bridge structures to prevent birds from roosting and leaving droppings. Bird droppings are immensely corrosive and can pit or corrode structures, sometimes dangerously so. Amazon has a stainless steel bird spike kit.
|Example of bird spike strips on a federal building deters not only birds!|
As you may see in the example above, these legal and easily purchased and installed spike strips go on any sill or part of the structure that you do not want anything unwanted on. It sure does look uninviting! If you were a felon or felon flunkie, would YOU want to be the guy sent to climb that roof, or enter that window? I am sure that you can adjust the size and parameters of the strips to fit your surfaces and needs with your good quality compact multitool, like the Leatherman MUT (you do have one, right?)
Sonic mosquito vandal deterrent is commercial technology to provide a sonic level of discomfort to those who should not be there. On the lower right side of their webpage linked above, there is a rather interesting interactive that will play a set of tones that you can hear at various ages. This is the beauty of the "Mosquito", in that most felons start young, this device is aimed at making them uncomfortable enough to move on quickly. Home owner's associations and close neighbors may have something to say, depending on how old they are (based upon sound response). These devices are used commercially to prevent loitering of youths that mill about and make the paying customers uneasy.
Picture credit to MovingSoundTech.com
PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor fired water sprinklers are just that - an unholy marriage of water sprinkler head with a PIR to activate them. Burglars and thugs probably won't like getting a fresh soaking while waiting to mug you as you get out of your car or lurk near a window. While this may not work out in very cold weather, in most of the United States this would be unpleasant to get hit with any time of the year. This sprinkler looks like something Darth Vader would use, plus it works day OR night:
The utility of the "not immediately apparent" can be leveraged to help you to keep your home free of pesky and lethal criminal activity. This is not only ethical, it is environmentally friendly and uses gentle, non-harmful methods to encourage any nuisance, be it pigeon or a larger 2 legged format, to move on. It is my hope that you find value in this topic series. If this is your first visit to Stop Shouting's Tuesday Prepping Home Security Series, check out the previous articles:
When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #1: Plusing Up Security Ideas
When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #2: Perimeter Security Ideas Part I
When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #3: Perimeter Security Ideas Part II
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