Your home is your castle.
Your refuge is the territory around that home.
Together this is the place where you’re going to dig in during an emergency (like the current pandemic).
This is the place where you choose to shelter-in-place, unless and until it becomes necessary to bug out because that location is no longer safe.
I mean let’s face it; that’s where your survival cache is anyway, right?
Your gear is there, your family is there… but what will you do if a major disaster throws your town into chaos and suddenly there is a real threat of attack from looters?
As we've all learned in recent months, you've got to protect your home from the sudden threat of violence.
So how will you do that?
Or, perhaps more importantly, what should you NOT do while accomplishing that?
I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about protecting your home from looters, and here is a run-down of what he had to say.
The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Protecting Their Homes From Looters
As we’ve seen time and time again during times of crisis, the wolves come out to prowl.
With collapse comes the threat of looting and violence that could threaten your family and your survival stash.
You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting, and looting…
Any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets!
When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.
But don't make THESE mistakes along the way!
Mistake #1: Thinking It's Going To Be Over Soon
One thing you've got to fight against in a collapse is the normalcy bias.
I think a lot of people out there, to their detriment, just don’t believe it’s going to get as bad as it is.
(You saw that after Hurricane Katrina, and we're seeing it now during COVID-19.)
People who had all kinds of advance warning of the disaster didn't take it seriously.
When the power was out and there was no food, they were stuck in their homes freaking out.
They thought it wasn't real, that it wasn't happening.
In a collapse, therefore, the sooner you realize it's not just going to be fine in a few hours, the better off you'll be.
Realize as soon as possible that you're going to have to take matters into your own hands.
That includes gearing up to protect your home from violent looters.
Mistake #2: Being Unprepared To Defend Their Lives
Once you’ve gotten past that, another mistake people make is not being prepared to deal with the ramifications of having to defend their lives.
Far too often, we rely on the police.
In a collapse, if there are looters coming down your street. you’re going to have to be prepared to defend your home — defend your life, possibly — from people who have shown that they don’t give a damn what the police are going to do.
As much as possible, think through the steps you are going to take, or that you could be faced with, when it comes to defending your home.
That will help put you in a better position to take action when the time does come.
Mistake #3: Not Being There
Finally, a lot of people make the mistake of simply not being there.
In a collapse, if you want to protect your home, you've got to be there.
(You can't expect your private army of security personnel to do it… because for most of us, they don't exist.)
If you've bugged out to a neighbor's house or you're at a bar watching all this happen on the television, you won't be there to defend your home.
Anything you do have, including your stockpiled supplies, your food, your water, your gear… it's all going to be up for grabs.
Not being home during a crisis, therefore, is a huge mistake.
These aren't the only mistakes you could make, but they are some pretty major ones.
When you come down to it, there are a lot of ways to protect your home from looters.
Be mindful of what NOT to do as we've detailed here and you'll be a long way towards successfully protecting your home and family.