Setting Up A Panic Room On A Budget
Crime is one of the biggest hazards during many survival scenarios. You can make your family a bit safer from crime by having a well-equipped panic room inside of your house.
A panic room or safe room is simply a reinforced room that holds a phone, your firearms, and other helpful items.
It does not have to be the expensive, steel-reinforced monstrosity promoted by the film of the same name. Any room in your house can be a panic room, though bedrooms typically work best. You can even set up a panic room if you happen to live in an apartment.
Start With Extra Locks and a Steel Core Door
Place extra locks on the panic room door. These don’t have to be expensive at all. Heavy-duty sliding bar locks are pretty effective, as are additional deadbolts. A steel core door is harder to kick in or kick down.
You’ll want to repeat this process on your front door, too: the single-biggest home-invasion tactic usually involves simply kicking down weak hollow core doors.
Reinforce the door frames as well; if the door frame is too weak for the door it might provide a determined and strong criminal with a way to get through.
Security Film on the Window
Ideally you’ll choose a bedroom with one window. If you’ve got a second floor choose a bedroom with one window that’s on the second floor. Security film is inexpensive and easy to install. It makes it all but impossible to break the window or shoot through the window.
Heavy drapes will not only protect the window but it will make it difficult for a criminal to see inside. For added protection place a heavy table, perhaps even a heavy steel table, beneath the window. You can sit under that table in case a criminal goes outside to shoot at you.
The bullets will typically go into the room at an angle, bypassing you even if you just sit beneath the window, but a table provides added cover.
Add a land line and a cell phone that is always charged and ready to go. The land line will usually be sufficient in spite of the movies: finding a phone line to cut is difficult to do. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you use weapons, your guns should be in this room as well, along with your vital records, most important valuables, and anything else you want to protect.
Plant Thorny Shrubs
Next, plant thorny shrubs or cacti outside of the window. Don’t plant anything that would give a criminal extra cover. Plant things that will impede him, and perhaps even hurt him, if he tries to get too close to your window.
Mount a motion-detector light outside of the window too. Thugs, criminals, and home invaders do not like the light.
The combination of thorns and light should make your panic room window an unattractive place to be, indeed.