Building Your Safe Room

There is an old platitude “A man's home is his castle.” There is perhaps nothing that makes that any more true than a safe room, and it doesn't make a difference what your gender is, either. Debbie doesn't need to bar the entryway, anybody can – gentleman, lady or kid.

Fundamentally a safe room is a room you choose that has been changed to withstand a hard and fast attack by a home intruder or trespassers. Despite the fact that bedrooms are the normal decision for a safe room, any room with one entryway that could be bolted may be utilized. On the off chance that you live in a multilevel house you can go so far as to have one safe room on each level, but that would just be if you are earnestly being stalked or rich enough to be grabbed. (In the event that you are working in a tumultuous nation where the abduction of executives is common, that may not be a bad thought).

The motion picture Panic Room starring Jody Foster demonstrated a great illustration of a devoted, cutting edge – and truth be told, fairly ugly – safe room. Nonetheless, you don't need to go that far. You can make a workable safe room without

a) obliterating the ornamentation of your home,

b) upsetting the utility of the room, or

c) the security measures actually being advertised.

Yes, it is a safe room, but it is likewise your bedroom and it doesn't need to resemble a survivalist's nightmare.

Why Would You Require A Safe Room?

The thought of a safe room is that if there should be an occurrence of home intrusion (for whatever reason) you have a reinforced asylum that you can withdraw to and call for help. It isn't to get behind cover and have a gun fight; it is the place that an individual might be sheltered while sitting tight and waiting for help to come. In one sense, it's designed so that you don't need to have a shoot out between you and an opponent. In an alternate, in another sense, if your opponent does break through the room's protections, it is readily apparent that it was self-protection – even in states without a Castle Doctrine statute.

The availability of a safe room is essential for women who are being stalked. It could be imperative for families with youngsters of any age. Despite the fact that a female protecting her tyke could be a most brutal watchman, in reality it is significantly more common for a woman to give herself up in an endeavor to ensure the child's safety – normally by twisting around and shielding the child. Thus she, and not the child, is harmed. The issue is you can't viably defend yourself while ensuring a child's safety this way. A safe room makes this entire issue a moot point.

Second, no child can effectively battle a grown-up attacker. The grownup’s greater mass will overpower the child. On the other hand, a youngster can usually be easily rushed to a secure location. Third, not to be rude but teenagers do inept things sometimes. If they do moronic things with unpleasant individuals, then having access to a safe room is a great thought. (If nothing else it additionally gives squabbling kin an ability to end the battle).

While home invasions are getting to be more of a common occurrence, realistically, with a safe room, simply shutting your bedroom entryway in the evening is the best safeguard against waking up to find a criminal in your room or a rapist on top of you. This is particularly accurate in poor neighborhoods and college towns where such break-ins are becoming the norm.

Outside Systems Are Your First Warning

It regularly shocks and angers me when reading or hearing the nature of much of the counsel that a lot of alleged “experts” give about personal security. I was once on a forum particularly for teachers of Women's Self-Defense. Somebody posed a question that was outrageous to the point that my jaw dropped in wonder. She was apprehensive about being assaulted in the shower, so her question was: How might she be able to carry a firearm while in the shower?

As staggered as I was by this inquiry, it was nothing when compared to the absolute disgust I felt when teachers – who, by the way, prided themselves on their shooting abilities – began answering her. As opposed to advising this lady to look for professional counseling, they thought of plans regarding plastic bags and cleverly-placed shower pegs.

The inquiry was bad enough, but the extent of the idiocy, craziness and fanaticism of the responses was bewildering. What is going on in your life that you can hope to be attacked in the shower? But these individuals thought it was perfectly ordinary to have a firearm in the shower “in the event that you were attacked.”

This continued for a couple of days with the contentions becoming more preposterous, until at last one of the members revolted. His argument was that having a firearm in a shower is a silly and paranoid thought. The answer wasn't going to be found in weapons or martial arts training – the answer to the issue was in home security.

“Apprehensive about getting jumped in the shower? Take a shot at locking your entryways and windows before you get into the shower. That way, you can hear the attacker breaking into your house”, he said.

Quickly he was blasted with a large number of “Well, imagine a scenario in which you don't hear him break in?”

Stunned that he even needed to reply, he reacted with “Purchase an alarm system!”

Again the inane inquiries came. “Consider the possibility that you can't bear the cost of an alarm service?” Around this time I started to ponder what planet these individuals were from(1). All right, so consider the possibility that you can't afford the cost of a high-tech system. There are cheaper options. Case in point: Get entryway and window screamers (little gadgets that sound an alert when moved). On the off-chance that you are in a circumstance where somebody is after you, then paying the $20 to prepare all your entryways and windows is well worth the trouble. They aren't terribly expensive and aren't hard to find - I've even been told they were seen in the check-out line in Wally-Mart.

Yet again these purported “self-protection experts” argued for powerlessness and tunnel vision. Locking entryways? Alarm systems? Entryway and window screamers? That might be too inconvenient. The entire idea of home security as a warning system was unknown to these individuals, in light of the fact that they were so lost in their fantasies. To them, having a firearm in the shower appeared to be a great thought. I can simply hear them saying to themselves “Gee, gosh and golly, why hadn't I ever thought about that?”

Do anything you can that will provide a warning for you and enough time to get to your safe room. You don't have to hide a weapon in the shower. You can run wet, naked and sudsy to the safe room the same as if you are dry and dressed. The trick, in both cases, is having advance warning. Time that you can use to get to a secure position. There are numerous methods to make a powerful home security system. You don't need to go so far as to attempt to evaluate how to keep a firearm in the shower.

An Outside Door Inside

There is a distinction between inside and outside doors. In old wood doors the distinction is between hollow-core center and solid-core. Principally for purposes of insulation, a solid-core door is one large piece of wood. This likewise serves as a security measure, as it is troublesome to break through three inches of strong wood. Hollow-core doors are for utilization inside. They are far lighter than solid-cores and they are less efficient for both insulation and security. The reason they are lighter is on the grounds that they are composed somewhat like corrugated cardboard (like you will find with bigger cardboard boxes). Between the two flat surfaces there are slender struts holding them separated.

Hollow-core doors are intended to give privacy, sound insulation and temperature control inside your home – not security. The issue with hollow-core doors is that they could be kicked or punched through. More importantly, they are effortlessly shot through and rapidly splinter from either body slams or blows from a hammer, ax or other heavy tool. As such they are not proper for use as a safe room entryway. If you are in an older house with more solid entryways, the safe room will probably have a strong solid-core door.

Most recent houses have fancy shaped entryways. Again, there is still a contrast between an inside and outside entryway. The good thing about this modern choice is that the same kind of entryway comes in differing thicknesses. To have consistency in the appearance of your home, the same kind of entryway can come in both inside and outside models. To begin your safe room, you essentially take an outside entryway and put it inside. That doesn't ruin your decorating, either.

Strengthened Door-Frames

Any lock is only as efficient as what surrounds it. Most entryway locks might essentially be by-passed by applying sufficient force to the frame until it breaks. Because of this, for your safe room you are not just going to put in a heavier entryway, but additionally strengthen the door-frame.

Doing this in older houses is properly the subject of an entirely separate article. It takes a bit of work, however in the event that you do it while re-painting the room you'll never notice the upgraded safety measures.

With more recent homes, the door-frame is normally sold as a package with the door. So when you move up to an outside entryway, you are likewise redesigning the entryway outline, although you may need to confer with the sales representative about likewise redesigning the frame to something beefier and stronger.

Without getting into metal security doors, the general specifications you are looking for is something that can withstand the full force of a 200-pound man throwing himself over and over into the entryway. That is a lot of power, and the salesperson ought to have the ability to let you know what amount of energy the door-frame is rated for.

I'm going to change direction here. With regards to personal well-being, Hollywood is our worst adversary. Not only do they advertise the idea of unstoppable, monstrous bad guys, but they acknowledge them as being super-geniuses. The shrewd stalker knows how to sever the telephone lines and separate the unnerved lady from help. How in the world do you cut the “lines” of a cellular phone? Cut the power so the burglar alarm doesn't work? How can he know to do it precisely when you are in the shower, so you don't have a clue about your system is down? Even more so the way you may very well perceive the lights going out… even if you are taking a shower. Accordingly, you might have a small warning that something isn't right. But then, these dolts will work themselves up into a furor on the grounds that all these things “could” happen. That's the reason you have to have a weapon in the shower.

When we say safe rooms, most individuals thoughts instantly jump to all the motion pictures where a lady in trouble frantically tries to close the door against a wicked assaulter who is body-slamming it from the other side. Not to mince words, but that is called “Dramatization.” That situation is much more emotional and dramatic than heading towards the safe room while the assailant is attempting to get in. You don't wait until he is in the living room – you run while he is slithering through the window. That is the thing that early-warning set-ups are for – so that you can get the entryway shut and bolted before you wind up in a pushing match over shutting it.

Multiple Locks

First of all you are going to be replacing the flimsy indoor entryway handles with heavier outside locking handles. A one-sided deadbolt is also a good idea. After the doorknob lock is locked you engage the deadbolt. Multiple locks disperse the impact of a body-slam over a larger zone, consequently decreasing the odds of breaking the frame. They additionally share the impact among the locks, consequently diminishing the possibility of lock breakage.

Talking about lock breakage, I am not a great aficionado of “offset distance” locks. By this I mean auxiliary measures like chains or the flip style of lock that you see in motel rooms. These are supposed to allow you to open the entryway and safely peek out. The fact is, these locks constantly prove themselves incapable of withstanding full-body strikes; they separate from the door-frame far too easily.

That same fact makes them untrustworthy for additional lines of security. Any number of individuals will use these in the wake of locking the door, supposing they are increasing their security. They aren't. The reality of the situation is, if your main locks come up short, these won't prevent the entryway from being opened. All it is going to take is an additional body slam.

Along these lines, any extra lock-sets that you put on the entryway must secure the door more tightly into the door-frame. Deadbolts are great, as are floor bars and foot locks. What you need with safe room locks is once they are engaged, the door won't move if you don't have the keys. Anybody on the outside attempting to get in is going to need to take the door-frame out of the wall itself.

If you have children in the home (or are at presently being stalked) you may need to think about installing a keypad lock. While they are not especially pretty, they might be installed so that they instantly engage when the door is shut. On the rare chance that you end up in a run to the safe room you should simply slam the door. This is imperative for children who may not recall to close and then bolt the entryway. It is a moment's work for you to get in without a key. (This is additionally why I prescribe them for the front entryway as well … especially if your children are continually overlooking locking the entryway and forgetting their keys). From the inside the entryway opens as effortlessly as a standard doorknob so there is no preventing escape in the event of a fire or other emergency. A keypad lock is likewise helpful for avoiding humiliating explanations to your children as to why the entryway was bolted when you and your significant other need some privacy. It was bolted in light of the fact that the door was closed … any other questions?

In the event that you are truly determined that no one is going to smash their way into your safe room there are the old Fox Police Locks. Basically these are a steel bar that you blockade the entryway with. One end goes into a metal fitting in the floor and the flip side into the door. The bar is situated at an angle and serves as a prop for the door. The good thing about this sort of set-up is that when not being used, the bar sits hidden behind the entryway. The main thing you see is the notch in the floor and the slot on the entryway. Alternately, there is the ugly side-to-side type that truly bars the entryway. In any event, nothing short of a battering ram or explosives is going to get through that entryway.

Shatterproof Glass

Coming back to the Panic Room example, Jodie Foster had a totally encased, video surveilled, innovative control room for her safe room. All things considered, unless you are a wealthy paranoid or you simply won the Irish Sweepstakes, it truly isn't important to go to such lengths. On the other hand, since – for a number of reasons – your bedroom is the most widely-used decision for a safe room, you're going to need to deal with the issue of windows in your safe room.

As opposed to updating and fortifying existing windows, you can purchase complete security windows. These contain shatterproof glass and are extremely difficult to break through. Although it might be perfect to swap all the windows in your home with such a strong framework, in reality the main windows you need to install are in your safe room.

While it may not appear less demanding to change-out a whole window, the truth of the matter is that what you will get by doing so is more complete assurance than if you attempt to tack a new solution onto your existing windows. In any case, I strongly propose that you put a shatterproof overlay of laminate on the existing windows. While security glass is better, this transparent overlay keeps the window from being quickly broken. In that capacity, your intruder cannot reach in and open the locks.

Heavy Drapes

It is vital to keep an intruder from having the capacity to see into your safe room. After his endeavors to overcome the entryway have fizzled, chances are he is going to try the window. While for some strange reason there is a propensity not to shoot through entryways and walls, the same mode of thinking doesn't seem to apply to windows – particularly in the event that he can see you. That is the reason heavy drapes or blinds are needed. They not only cut off his ability to see you, but also you of him.

We can extrapolate this to the most dire outcome imaginable. The chances are against him hitting you while shooting blindly through the window – particularly on the off chance that you are either dug-in or laying in an angle of the same wall that the window is in. It may sound weird to place yourself against the wall closest to the attacker, but we can assume that the shots are going to be taking ever-increasing paths from the shooter's position. It is simple for him to remain in one spot outside the window to pray and spray into the far wall from one corner to the next. That is the reason you shouldn't be against it or cowering in a closet across from the window.

Be that as it may, with the specific end-goal of hitting you when you are against the window-wall he would need to work the whole length of the room shooting indiscriminately through the walls, or step back with an automatic rifle and hose your home with magazine-fulls of bullets. Neither scenario is especially likely.

The heavy shades will effectively blind him so he won't have the faintest idea where you are in the room. Nor will he know whether you are currently armed and ready for shooting back. While he may not be able to tell where you are, you know where he is … right outside the window. What's more, unlike you, he's back-lit. In an alternate scenario, on the off chance that he does figure out how to get through the window, while he's attempting to move through the draperies to look around and catch you, you're swinging a baseball bat…if he's fortunate. If not, what you're swinging is much more fatal.

Those are the most dire scenarios possible. All the more likely – particularly when facing stalkers – they've filled themselves up with liquid courage. Moving through flower bushes or up to the second story windows or remaining on a steep roof or in a flower bed while investing sufficient energy to overcome shatterproof glass while intoxicated regularly turns into a self-solving problem. Liquor and gravity are a terrible combination, so are thistle bushes and alcohol. In either case he won't be able to see you call the police … or the emergency vehicles.

There is one last component with reference to why substantial curtains or blinds are critical. It is an alarming experience to be attacked … especially when it happens in your own house. By cutting off immediate visual contact with him, it is easier for you to resist the urge to panic and to retain your ability to function. Yes, you will hear shouting, hollering, beating and crashes as he hammers on the entryways and windows, but you won't be looking directly at him. For reasons beyond the reach of this article, this essentially expands your capacity to function. The safe room has purchased you time to call the police, turn on security systems and – if it is your decision – arm yourself. At the point when he breaks in, then you will be ready.


The most important device for your safe room is the telephone. It is the thing that permits you to speak with the outside world. It's what permits you to call the cavalry, as well as to talk with them and give them vital information when they arrive.

Again Hollywood has stuffed individuals' brains with shocking pictures of relentless killers who slice the telephone lines before pursuing sparsely-clad young ladies through the halls of their own homes. The fact of the matter is the greater part of these Bozos wouldn't know where to start to look to cut the telephone line, on the off-chance that they even had the presence of mind to recall to do so. What's more, nowadays our world of cellular phones, DSL lines, dish systems and so on, cutting a telephone line isn't all that effective. You only need to grab the cell or web telephone.

Fundamentally, most home intrusions depend on their element of surprise and savagery to overpower you before you can make a call. Their issue with you in a safe room is that they can't keep you from getting that call out.

When you get connected to 9-1-1 stay on the line!

You will not only be calmed down by conversing with the 9-1-1 operator, but you will have the capacity to tell the police where the attacker is. It additionally makes a recording of the occurrence and what is happening minute by minute. This will be utilized as evidence in court. Staying on the line is particularly vital in the event that you have a home-defense weapon. Tell the operator that you are in your safe room and armed. Police DESPISE going onto a property with an owner who is armed and an invader, not just due to their possibilities of getting shot but of mistakenly shooting you. The consistent two-way communication of where you are through the 9-1-1 operator is going to go a long way toward keeping deadly missteps from occurring. In the event that they know you're securely closed-up in the safe room, then they'll know that the fellow who is running around with a firearm isn't a friendly.

Safe / Gun Safe

I propose that you have a safe – for an assortment of reasons.

To begin with, in the event that you have youngsters the weapon needs to go into either the house safe or a uniquely-constructed firearm safe. Truly, how frequently do your kids listen when you tell them to do their errands? Do you truly think they aren't going to play with the weapon, regardless of the fact that you let them know not to touch it? Placing it in a safe keeps that firearm safe when you are not home.

As better present-day safes now have keypads, so do the improved firearm safes. Firearm safes come in multiple sizes, but the ones I propose for home safety hold a solitary gun, can usually be attached to the wall, have lit keypad buttons and may be opened in a few seconds. A loaded gun is in your grasp in seconds, but not in your children's. What's more, you can get these safes with a “three strikes” set-up. After three wrong codes are attempted, the system closes down. This keeps kids from standing there for hours arbitrarily punching in codes.

Second, recall that we're discussing a safe room here. This means you've purchased time. So the need for instant access to firearms is non-essential. In the event that due to children and the possible need to leave the safe room, then that wall-mount safe is the ideal approach to keep your children safe and provide speedy access to your firearm. Other than that, keeping it in the home's closet safe is decent approach to calm any worries about having a loaded firearm in the home.

Third, its a great thought to have a safe secured to your closet floor in any case. In the days of yore, criminals simply went for the jewelry, TVs and video equipment; now your greatest concern isn't the item theft, it's identity theft. In the event that a thief grabs your vital papers, you're in a bad position. The issue is you don't know where it will end. The criminal who takes your papers presumably won't utilize them, but he will offer to sell them to somebody who will. A passport can often sell in the big cities for upwards of $1000. Old driver's licenses and credit card records give an ID cheat all that he needs. Boxes of blank checks? There's an open-armed invitation to having your account wiped out, as well as loads of bad checks passed with your name on them. There have even been instances of homes attempting to be sold when the deed has been stolen. Keep your vital identity and financial documents and your weapon in the safe room's safe.

The safe room and the safe provide for you an extra choice for security, and that is the point at which you are in the middle of a vacation or at work. You now have multiple layers of security that a criminal must traverse before he can get to your valuables – particularly in the event that you have a keypad on your safe room/room entryway and you get in the habit of shutting it when you take off.

Monitors, Alarm Systems and Cameras

Progress in security engineering has driven costs down to a very low level. I have seen a four-camera, split-screen video observation and recording set-up for as low as $150 dollars at a warehouse club. Such a unit can undoubtedly be wired into the TV in your room to provide an exact location on the interloper and what he is doing. Furthermore, while you are viewing him on the TV you can also be recording it, as well as conversing with the 9-1-1 operator about his actions and location. That information is constantly being passed to the responding police. You're both viewing the bad guy and updating the police … from your safe room.

The police truly like any data that you can send them, such as what he's wearing, what he looks like, any associates of his and whether he is armed. This last one is particularly important on the grounds that home attackers often tend to be armed, which is the reason having a safe room ought to be starting to make more sense.

Likewise, most security system companies make their money offering you not the alarm system itself (which is inexpensive) but their administration and monitoring of it (which is definitely not). In the event that you have a safe room and a telephone you needn't bother with them to dial the police for you. All things considered a security system might be fixed for interior warnings. Where security systems that contact the company come in handy is when you travel regularly and/or have a ton of expensive things that could be burglarized while you're at work.

Then again, it could be debated – whether you have a security service or not – that rooms with large amounts of costly gear ought to be transformed into safe rooms also. In the event that you have more than $10,000 dollars worth of supplies, collections or monetary ventures, use an additional $500 to $1000 to protect it.

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