Utah CCW - Levels of Home Security
The following are the opinions of a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor:
As Utah Concealed Weapons Permit holders, we are definitely concerned with personal and family protection, but do we sometimes fail to consider how to optimize our home security plan? The following checklist is prioritized from the most basic required security measures, to progressively more involved/aggressive techniques. In my opinion, the top-10 items are mandatory minimums.
- Guard dog who barks at strangers – nothing provides a bigger deterrent to bad guys
- Dead-bolt locks on all outside doors
- Habit of locking all windows & doors when away
- Locks and wood stoppers in all windows
- Cell phone pre-programmed to dial 911
- Home-defense weapons readily available
- Minimum of bi-weekly gun range practice to remain competent and safe
- Separate, bright tactical flashlight to ID threats vs. friendlies
- Emergency family plan for when alarm goes off, including a place to meet outside of home.
- Weapons secured in easy-access safes only accessible to you
- Extra ammo readily accessible
- Weapons include light/laser combos
- Motion detection exterior lights
- Electronic home security system (incl. motion detectors) in operation that automatically notifies police during security breaches
- Safe room in home to wait for police arrival
- Hidden access to safe room behind false book case
- Lead plates built into some critical walls to provide added shootout protection
So, as Utah Concealed Weapons Permit holders, we should really also focus on providing our families a safe and secured home in addition to when we are away.
Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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