This guest post by Alexander T and entry in our non-fiction writing contest.
In my bug out bag, or my get home bag, since I keep it in my vehicle at all times, I keep a little perimeter alarm kit. The whole kit is relatively small, lightweight and fits in a MOLLE mag pouch. I feel this kit is necessary should the SHTF. I figure that if this happens, I might have to be able to get home all by myself, over a long distance, possibly on foot.
Well, what if I have to spend the night who knows where? Maybe in an abandoned building. Or in a makeshift campsite in a clump of trees. Or maybe an old tractor-trailer. And if I have to sleep, I wouldn’t want to wake up with who knows standing over me or all my stuff gone. My trusty firearm won’t do me any good if I’m sleeping. So I put together a little perimeter alarm kit with the following features in mind.
- To be able to put up an alarm around a campsite.
- To be able to alarm doors and windows in a building.
- To be able to lock or secure doors in a building. This includes single doors, double doors, and doors that swing outward.
- To be able to black out windows preventing people from seeing in.
The following is what I keep in my kit.
- door/window alarms. You can get them on eBay, home centers or Dollar General. I got mine at Dollar General, by Bell & Howell, 7 for 10 bucks.
- homemade alarm bases. These are just 3 ½ X 3 ½ pieces of ¾ in plywood.
I drilled a hole in each edge to be able to put a tent-peg thru. This allows me to place the alarm on a tent-peg. I also drilled 4 slots, on the face, ¼ in from each edge. This allows me to use a strap, rope or bungee cord around a pole or tree. I also put 2 pieces of Velcro tape 3” long on the back, along with the mating strips on the back of the alarm. This is so I don’t have to pull off the adhesive one time use strip on the back of the alarm. With the Velcro, I can reuse the base indefinitely, or not use the base if I don’t need it.
Snare wire and fishing line. (different colors) I believe this needs no explanation.
Two locks and 3 ft sections of chain. To lock a door if I’m able to. The 3 ft chain sections allows me to lock a gate or fence, and also double doors
Four door stops (wedges). To jam in between the door and the frame at he top, and the floor at the bottom, in case I can’t lock them.
Six door hinge pins. I made my using the pins from BBQ grill top hinges. I ground off the head and cut them in half to ¾ “ long using a hacksaw. They’re thicker and stronger than nails. On outward swinging doors, I take out a screw from the top and bottom hinge and insert the pins. This prevents someone from taking out the long pin holding the hinge together, pulling the hinge apart and lifting the door off.
Small bag of eye screws and “L” hooks, and tent pegs. If I’m in a building, I screw these into the walls to string the fishing line or snare wire in a variety of configurations to alarm multiple doors and windows. The tent pegs are for a campsite perimeter.
Plastic sandwich bags. I put these over the alarms should it be wet or raining outside.
Roll of 32 gal black trash bags. Using duct tape, I tape these to windows so people can’t see in.
I also keep a roll of duct tape, rubber bands, a few bungee cords, and a small multi-tool in the kit.
With this little handy kit, if I have to make my way home or have to bug out, hopefully I be able to alarm my surrounding and give myself a warning before my stuff gets stolen or wake up with someone standing over me.
I’m sure that the Wolf Pack has a wealth of other great ideas for bug out security – please share those ideas with the rest of the pack in the comments section below…
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