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Special Agent Tactics: Creating A Safe Room

In another article I wrote on how to safeguard yourself during a home invasion, I mentioned retreating to a safe room. I thought it important to provide you more information about how to actually create a safe room within your home or business. Establishing a safe room is a vital part of good home security and something that I recommend exist in every household. Safe rooms are easy to create and can be the difference between life or death in the event of a home invasion. Here is a quick and easy guide on how to set up a Safe Room in your home.

The safe room, which is also known as a panic room, is a secure location within your home or building that is designed to provide safety for your family during a home invasion, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, burglary, zombie apocalypse or other types of threats. Building a safe room in your home is a good investment, and you can create one on various budgets.

However, the more fortified you try to make it, the more costly it is going to be. Safe rooms with the most substantial security and most fortification are usually found in the homes of wealthy people. They have plenty of money and more reason to worry, and therefore, they can easily spend thousands on making their safe room the best place to go in the event of an emergency.

Building Your Safe Room:

For most of us, a safe room is a location that family members can run to and hide, or call for help in an emergency situation. If you have a house or apartment, building a safe room relatively simple. Your first step is to establish what room you’d like to put the Safe Room in. You should be looking for a place that:

  • Has one doorway
  • Has access to a phone (if you don’t have a cell phone)
  • Is quick and easily accessible from all areas of the house
  • Can fit your entire family
  • Has room for provisions
  • Has limited glass windows
  • Gets cellular reception
  • Safe Room Doors

You don’t really need to go all out and put steel walls and a steel door in the room, although you do need a fortified door that opens outward with fortified walls if you can afford this expense. You can have a door constructed of wood or other material. The goal is to have a door made of a material that is very hard to break through. No matter what type of door you choose, the doorjamb should be steel, to prevent the door from being kicked in. Another thing I recommend is a door security bar like the one in the photo to give you even more protection.

Ideally, your safe room should not contain any windows. Windows can provide entry for the intruders, which would defeat the purpose of it being a safe room. Some of you may be concerned because without windows you would not have an escape route for yourself if the intruder is coming through the door or sets fire to the house.

I understand this concern, but with windows that is another entryway you would have to defend. You should make sure that you keep a phone in the room, this way you can call for help while in your safe room. Additionally, you should have water, first aid kits, food, and any type of defensive weapons that you can get.

Unfortunately, it is challenging to predict how long you may have to hold up in your safe room. Hopefully, the police will be on the way from either your home alarm system, which I highly recommend you have, or from you calling them on the phone.

That brings me to another point: You should consider getting an additional alarm panel installed in your home, preferably in the safe room. I have one in my master bedroom. Because you don’t know how long you will be there, you should always think about ventilation, lighting, and even hygiene. Being locked in a room for several days or possibly even weeks can affect your hygiene, which is why you should keep proper hygiene supplies in your room at all times.

The main reason most people invest in a safe room is due to the fear of a home invasion while they are in the home. It does not matter where you live or how nice your neighborhood may be; a home invasion can happen at any given time. When a home invasion occurs the last thing, you want to try to do is to reason with the invaders or attempt to cooperate with them.

Instead, you want to rally your family to the safe room where you can initiate your defensive tactics. You should always make sure that everyone in your family knows where the safe room is located and how to use it. If you have children, you should teach them about the room and how important it is. The room should never be used for recreation purposes or for children to play in. Instead, it should only be used in case of an emergency or a place for you and your family to hide.

If you have a safe room or just interested in one, you should always make sure that you keep the proper supplies on hand, just in case. If you unfortunately ever have to use the safe room, you should always make sure that you keep the keys to open the room in a safe and easy to access place so you can get to them quickly and so no one else can get in. While you are in the room you can call the local authorities, then wait inside your safe room until they get to your house and the problem is solved. Never, under any circumstances should you come out of your safe room before the police arrive. If a home invasion is taking place and you try to go after the intruders yourself, you will only make the situation worse.

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