How to Boost Home Defense by Camouflaging Your House

“Why do you mind when you were born to stand out?”

No disrespect to whoever said this, but in the prep world, that’s a lot of Taurus.

You don’t want your home to scream, “We have valuable things to win here.”

You want it to appear as normal and unobtrusive as possible so that you don’t lose the survival supplies that you have worked hard to collect.

In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to do that. Let’s begin:

Why is meddling vital to central defense?

When SHTF, a lot of people will not be prepared. You will have difficulty finding food, water, and other basic items.

Desperate is the best word to describe it.

And if we know anything about desperate people, it is their persistence. They will do anything to stay alive, even if it means raiding shops and breaking into houses.

The best way to stay away from your radar? Camouflage your house.

We don’t mean to actually paint it camo (please don’t). Instead, it’s about fitting your home into your surroundings. This makes everyone believe that you are as unprepared as they are, even if it’s exactly the opposite and you have a smart SHTF plan.

You will move on to more promising goals and your emergency supplies will be preserved.

How to hide your home in sight

Hiding your home is straightforward and you don’t have to worry about the cost. As you’ll see below, it’s really a matter of common sense:

Don’t spill your secrets

It may seem harmless to tell a good friend about the water, groceries, and survival supplies you have in store, but that’s a big mistake. Keep your mouth shut.

The last thing you want is for everyone on the block and in the next town to pester you for a handout in an emergency. Of course, it’s up to you to help, but you definitely can’t take care of everyone.

Look and act average

Be the gray man and fit in with the neighbors so that your home is not singled out in the first place.

You need to:

  • Dress like everyone else. If your neighbors are wearing jeans and a top, don’t be the odd one out in tactical clothing.
  • Drive an average looking car. No loud, disgusting colors. No bumper stickers that can put red flags.
  • Be kind enough, but don’t let your guard down. Don’t get involved in political arguments. Stick to pleasant, unusual conversations.
  • Act like you don’t know what’s going on or what to do. Like the average Joe, you want to appear desperate.

Build fences

There are many reasons why you should build a fence around your property:

  • Fences are both physical and psychological obstacles. You need time to scale and potential thieves will think that moving to another home is better.
  • It makes escape more difficult. Since they don’t get a full view of your property, they can’t escape right away.
  • It keeps your personal business secret. You can build your underground bunker in peace.

But remember, your house shouldn’t be indistinguishable from any of the other houses in your town.

When you have a sky-high fence while your neighbors have simple picket fences, your home becomes a destination. It tells the bad guys that you have tons of valuables that you want to protect.

Hide your lights and backup power

After a disaster, your spot may be the only one a mile away with work lights and electricity. Don’t let anyone find out or you could get into trouble.

You know this neighborhood gossip. They get suspicious, are all in your business, and squeal at you.

You can cover your windows with dark blinds and curtains to hide the light. And if you want to use a backup generator, make sure it isn’t that loud.

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Let Mother Nature do her thing

What do plants like bougainvillea, honey locust and rose bushes have in common?

Thorns. Many of them.

Before sophisticated security alarms were invented, these natural deterrents existed to keep unwanted people away.

No one would think anything out of the ordinary if you plant razor-sharp bushes and shrubs around your property. This is the perfect way to strengthen your central defense.

Be discreet about your belongings

While your neighbors won’t think twice about someone buying food in bulk, they will have many questions about the freeze-dried foods you order each month.

It’s easy to get your survival supplies in when you buy them in person, but you have a harder time keeping your preparations secret when you shop online and have them shipped. If you can, have large orders shipped to you when most people are away.

Also, be cautious about setting out to practice your bushcraft skills. Put your gear in a bag to avoid staring at you. Fortunately, this foldable e-tool shovel is easy to package with your other tools.

Watch what you throw

People who really snoop around your trash? It’s true.

Some people would go to insane efforts to get information on a possible brand even if it means rummaging through the things that you threw away.

So you’re either shredding receipts and old documents first before filing them, or tossing them (along with the box that came with your brand new espresso machine) elsewhere. Also remove shipping labels from your orders. They can be used against you.

Get a mailbox

When your mailbox is full of mail, you’re basically telling the world that you haven’t been home in a while. Do not give unwanted guests the opportunity to take advantage of them.

A mailbox would be a wise choice. It’s more secure than a PO Box and doesn’t cost a lot.

Think about internal affairs too

If you think that no one is smart or desperate enough to actually break into your home, don’t get cocky.

Survivalism is about covering all of your basics, no matter how unlikely a scenario may be. This includes securing valuables such as jewelry, cash and your survival supplies in the event of break-ins.

A safe is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also get creative and hide these things in unusual places. Here are some examples:

  • Diversion safes: You can find some fun ones online like this fake shaving cream jar, Morton salt container, and real looking hairbrush.
  • Plush toys: Who would suspect a child’s teddy bear?
  • Empty food containers: We bet no one will touch these canned “anchovies”.
  • Hollow books on a bookshelf: They’ll fit in with the rest of the books.
  • Under floorboards: This article will teach you how to make hidden bottom compartments.

Whatever you choose, don’t put all your eggs in one basket … just remember where you’ve hidden them!

Final thoughts

In every neighborhood, there is always that one house that everyone is talking about for some reason.

Don’t let this be your home

Unless it is a secret that you have a whole set of survival supplies in hand, people will go right there when there is a crisis like civil unrest.

The moral lesson is to make your home look like every average person does.

No red flags raised = better chance to protect your preparations and especially your family.

What do you think is the most important thing about hiding your home in sight? Feel free to share your thoughts below.


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Macallister Anderson

I am by no means an expert in every aspect of this stuff. I plan to learn, and when possible, enlist the help of experts in various fields to come together and offer their knowledge. In a few years, I dream that this site will be a virtual survival encyclopedia and allow a total novice to come on here and be supplied with everything they need to prepare for anything.

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