Not sure where this should go, but after searching for awhile this seems OK.
(BTW if Jack still hasn't done a show on "hardening your BIL" per someone's suggestions, that would be awesome. Good thread on that in the "Show" area - good info. on "Millerized's" hardened BIL.
I’m a building designer and landscape architect and have a high interest in how spatial design can create or reduce one’s security – especially from an awareness perspective not necessarily via blockades (knowing someone is coming onto your property rather than putting up a huge fence – not that I am opposed to the huge fence but the awareness is a starting point). I’ve ID’d a handful of ideal strategies toward this end – but there are surely more… Let’s see what we can come up with here. Most of these are hard to achieve all the time, especially in a site/house as is, not built from scratch.
• Strong position: Site and areas we use the most on site are higher in elevation than areas people who would do harm to us or the site, are most likely to come from. Land above us is ‘hardened.’
• Can see and hear activity at the site boundaries from high-use areas: Especially those where people are most likely to enter, like your driveway. Example of a bad situation: Your kitchen or workshop has a wall between you and the driveway entrance, due to noise in those spaces someone could enter in a diesel truck and you wouldn’t know until they knocked on or bashed in your front door. What technologies are out there to achieve this? MURS seems to offer some but not all that’s needed.
Building Area (Zone 1) (especially relevant to more urban locations)
• Front door: You can see someone at the front door from a higher location in the building (like an upstairs window. They can’t see you.
• Cooking/working: These areas tend to be loud and make it hard to be aware of other goings on in the property and even house when we’re in them. Tough one. Someone could easily invade my home when I am cooking and listening to music or have my ear muffs on in the shop running boards across the table saw.
• Sleeping: Your sleeping area is very protected and offers you many ways to hear/sense activity on the property before there is activity in the home. (Dogs!. Alarms/sensors?). Strongest sleeping positions are in general defensible:
o Easy to see much from: scan the property, etc. A bed just below window level so one can quickly look out in many directions seems optimal. But sleeping right at window level so one outside could you sleeping would not be.
o Hard to see toward and ID from people in the landscape: Hard for someone to tell where you are sleeping
o Hardened: possibly has bulletproof walls (if in a very bad area or one that could turn so)
o Supplied with basics to be able to spend time in: communications, lighting, weapons, maybe food, certainly water. Not a bomb shelter but a strong position.
o Connected (not physically necessarily) with other sleeping areas of those in family (kids especially): can hear activity in other rooms, can have a sense of any issues happening in other rooms, in the rest of the house and on the property as a whole.
GENERAL STRATEGIES: Seem to be:
• Leverage a good position on the site and in the home
• High ability to see and hear as much as possible over the property
• Multiple people to help in this
• Dogs, dogs, dogs (always on call), trained is especially key
• Technology: sensors with alarms