Physical Perimeter Security Tools

I recently appeared on the American Warrior Show to speak about physical security with host Mike Seeklander. In the show I promised to post a list of links to some of the tools I talked about, so here it is! I will keep adding to this list and push it to the top as it is updated.

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Deterrent Security Measures – These are the security measures that will make someone think twice about entering your home.

  • Alarm Signs – Whether you have an alarm or not, you should advertise your alarm system with yard signs and window stickers. This is an easy and inexpensive security system upgrade with this SecurePro sign/sticker pack.
  • Programmable Lamp TimerThese lamp timers will let you create a 7-day cycle. You can also use these to turn a radio on and off inside your home.
  • TV Simulator – The “TV simulator” makes it look like the TV is on inside your home. It is much more energy efficient than a TV, however, and you can set it up on a lamp timerĀ  (something that is hard to do with modern smart TVs).
  • RAB Stealth Motion Lights – the best motion lights money can buy. I’ve put these on two homes and can’t recommend them highly enough. The come in a “bullet” style and a bell-style.

Physical Security

Delaying Security Measures – These are the security measures that will make someone think twice about entering your home.

Detective Security Measures – These tools let you know if someone is attempting to gain entry to or has been in your property.

  • Ring Doorbell – This doorbell has a built in camera. When someone rings the doorbell you are alerted via a smartphone app. You can see the person at the door and communicate with them through the device. This can allow you to give the appearance that you are home, even if you are hundreds of miles away. I have no personal experience with this tool, but it comes highly recommended.
  • SimpliSafe Home Alarm systems – These wireless, DIY-installing alarm systems aren’t perfect, but they’re probably good enough unless you’re worried about extremely sophisticated adversaries. You can also add on a wide array of sensors as your needs dictate, including additional point sensors, motion sensors, glass-break sensors, and fire alarms. Th
  • Liberty Safe SafeAlarm – Connects to your Wi-Fi and alerts you to changes in the state of your safe, including movement, opening, humidity, and heat. You can monitor it from your iPhone or Android device.

5 thoughts on “Physical Perimeter Security Tools”

  1. One thought on the Sargent & Greenleaf lock. If someone ever tried to open the safe and knocked off the digital keypad, they would be left with nothing but the ribbon cable going into a small hole to reach the bolt. The safe would be secure, but one good yank on the ribbon cable, and the owner will have to cut the safe open.

    I recommend sticking with the old fashioned dial.

    1. Thanks for your recommendation but,
      1. I’m curious what your level of experience with safe and vault work is, and
      2. the problem with the old fashioned dial is old fashioned safe-cracking techniques.
      An attacker could still remove the dial, and punch the spindle and guess what? You’re cutting the safe open (actually that’s not true – in both cases you’re drilling it open which is expensive but still leaves the safe repairable). This was a pretty common safe-cracking technique before the advent of relockers because it’s such an obvious move. No competent safe tech these days would punch a spindle, but the world is full of amateurs.
      Also, not to point out the obvious, but I’d rather have to drill my safe for a few hundred bucks and still have all my stuff than have a lock that can be opened with some simple homemade tools. If protecting the safe is your primary concern, maybe just leave your valuables sitting outside it, or leave it unlocked.

  2. Laminated windows should also be added to the list. The time, effort, and noise required to penetrate windows discourages thieves and prevents low effort break-ins.

  3. Hi Justin. Thanks for the recommendations and links. I’m adding the motion sensor lights next.

    Have you ever used these security screen doors? I think they’re awesome… steel, one-way install screws, perforated screen (you can see out, but not in, at least during daylight hours), choose your own locks/dead bolts, and they open outward, so can’t be kicked-in the way a front/back door can. Was first introduced to these doors when looking for a warrant subject – couldn’t see inside at all, could only hear his restless dogs (a bit unnerving!). Been using them myself ever since.

    Also for my perimeter, I really like the Guardline Wireless driveway alarms. They’ve deterred numerous late-night prowlers, as mine are audible from outside. And they’re easy to install and use.

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