Retreat Security: Get Popped Sucka!

So what happens when bad people visit your retreat location when you’re not there?  If they visit our place, now, they are going to get POPPED!  Their tires I mean.

Image077My dad has a place that we are working on.  It’s kind of a let’s get away for the weekend/BOL if we ever need it.  Because I’ve read so much on retreats getting broken into and valuable resources stolen, I have purposed to never leave anything of real value there.  This place is what J.W.R. suggests, on the back roads of the back roads of the back roads.  So, there aren’t too many people around to watch the place.  Yes, there are pros and cons to that.  I know!

You might have seen this picture before (see right).  It has come along a  lot more than this now, but I didn’t have my camera with me last time I was up there, so I didn’t take any pictures of the current updates. 

But dad has been going up there pretty often to work on the property.  In an effort to make it easier on himself, he left the generator locked up in one of the containers.  The container doors have two places for locks.  One type that was used was one of those circular types (see the pic).  The other was a regular lock.  They weren’t able to get through the circular lock.  This lock was on a storage unit where we used to keep the tractor.  The circular lock was suggested by the owner of the storage unit.  The other lock, however, was a regular old Master Lock.

You guessed it.  They were able to get through the Master Lock with cutters.  But they couldn’t even touch the circular lock.

Long story short…they stole the generator.  We won’t let that happen again!

There is only one way in and out of the property.  One thought that I had was to make it very painful for thieves to come on the property again.  By the way, they had to cut the lock on the gate too.

I have decided that pain will be delivered by some homemade spiked strips.  Before we left this last week, I nailed a whole bunch of 3 inch nails in a 1×4.  We purposely didn’t cut the grass around the gate and laid the strip a few  feet passed the gate.  I also covered the board with dirt and grass to help hide it. 

Spikes – No Coverage

Spikes w/ Coverage

 If future thieves come in, they are not going to like losing all four tires!  Even if they only lose two, who carries two spares? 

The sheriff that my dad spoke with believes that these thieves are coming out to the country from the city.  If that is the case, they aren’t going to be able to call someone to come pick them up.  The reason? Cellphone coverage is horrible.  There are a few spots on the property where I can get it for a time, but it is very spotty and you really need to know where to stand…it isn’t close to the gate!  So, that leaves the option of having to leave their car (which identifies them) and walk back to town.

On top of all that, if they get passed the spikes, I’m sure anyone with common sense (do thieves have common sense) would wonder what other surprises might be waiting for them…and there just might be more that I’m not telling!

What do you think?  What other suggestions do you have?

This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

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