A Navy SEAL Breaks Down Basics of Securing Your Home From Burglars

Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson has written a new manual for the rest of us.  “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation,” covers many skills that the SEALs find essential, and some of those insights can help with everyday basics, like home security.

First, Emerson isn’t rehashing the old “shotgun or pistol” arguments. While he likely has opinions related to his firearm proficiency, Emerson suggests starting from a more fundamental level: relationships.

“We tend to look at home security as just our home, the locks, and the alarm system. But the reality is there’s more layers than that that start well outside your front yard. So first is communicating with your neighbors and becoming friends again.”

“That way if you see an odd car or a person that doesn’t belong there someone can make a phone call to either 911 or to you while you’re at work and let you know ‘Hey, there’s something going on in your driveway.'”

So what happens if the bad guys get passed the neighborhood watch? You need a legitimately secure exterior.

“It’s not so much about the bolt that goes in the door as it is the door frame. Reinforce your door frames with two and a half inch to three-inch wood screws. That’ll basically turn the door into a one kick and open to a five kick and open.”

“Your illumination on your house, you want to light it up. Anytime I was operating against bad guys and the target was lit up. It makes you feel almost naked and it’s the last thing a bad guy wants to feel when he’s approaching your home.”

And there are other ways to provide some basic obfuscation. Make the house look lived-in. People cause trouble. Dogs may be even better.

“Burglars can not stand animals or kids, both are unpredictable. So if you can litter your yard with toys, that’ll keep a lot of daytime burglars away or if you can put up some hint that you have a dog, whether you do or not, will also keep them away.”