The best way to protect what you have is to not let anyone know that you have it.
If everyone in your area knows that your home has medicine and supplies, they’re going to make a run on it. Be quiet about what you have. No one outside your home should know what’s in there. Be careful about letting little children know what’s in the house. They tend to be a little more open, and will blurt things out faster than adults will – even to perfect strangers.
In the midst of a full blown pandemic, if everything is in chaos, those who want to rob and loot are going to go from home to home looking for what they need as well as valuables. Make your home as difficult as possible to get into. Re-enforce all the doors and windows in your house with things like police locks and plywood to protect against glass being busted into.
Never make it easy for a possible intruder to enter your home. Sometimes people will leave things lying around outside that a thief can use to break in with. Get rid of any large rocks or bricks that can be used to smash into windows or through wood. Don’t have garden tools where a thief can get to them to use them as a way to break in. Anything that can be used as projectile should be out of sight.
Walk around the perimeter of your house and look at it the way a thief would. If you were one, how would you break into your home? Try to find the easiest access points and make sure they’re not easy to a thief.
Secure your garage door by bracing it from the inside. You can place a long piece of steel through the slide that rides along the brackets that open the door. That way, no matter how hard your thief tugs on the handle, the garage door will not give way.
If you have sliding doors, thieves know how to pop these off the track and gain access to your house. To prevent this from happening, place a dowel rod or a piece of wood in the slider track that’s cut to exact measurements for that slot.
Having a fence around your home can help make would-be thieves want to move on because sometimes a fence can cause others to wonder if you have a dog or not. Having a dog can be a good way to keep intruders at bay – but you want to have a dog that looks like he means business.
During times of pandemics, people can get pretty desperate to get their hands on supplies. Arming yourself and hiding supplies can mean life or death for you and your loved ones.