How To Install A Trip Wire Alarm On Your Property

Giurgi C.
By Giurgi C. March 12, 2019 08:17

How To Install A Trip Wire Alarm On Your Property

There’s nothing more important than keeping your home and family safe from intruders. While you can get a professional surveillance system anytime, they usually cost a fortune to install and may bring a lifetime of monthly fees.

There are cheaper yet very effective options available though. A survey among inmates who were serving time for burglary revealed that some of the most effective burglar deterrents are the cheapest, such as leaving your television or radio on while you’re away and setting up very loud alarm systems.

Most of the respondents to the survey questions said that they would leave immediately once a loud alarm sounded.

A trip wire alarm is a basic security system that has been used during wars, hunting, and camping and now as a burglar deterrent. The most popular trip wire alarms are radio-frequency trip wire alarm, laser trip wire alarm, and direct trip wire alarm.

The direct trip wire alarm is the cheapest and easiest to set up.

All you need is:

  • an ultra-loud attack alarm or keychain alarm;
  • several meters of thin wire or fishing line.

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#1. Attach the attack alarm to a pole or tree trunk.How To Install A Tripwire Alarm On Your Property#2. Tie the pin to the wire or fishing line and the other end of the line to another tree, as shown in the video.

#3. Set these trip wire alarms across the entrance to your property, in your backyard, in front of your garage, or any place that needs to be secured.How To Install A Tripwire Alarm On Your Property#4. Stretch the wire/fishing line to just a few inches or up to a foot above the ground.How To Install A Tripwire Alarm On Your PropertyOnce an intruder trips over the wire, the alarm will go off very loudly and send the burglar scrambling away for fear of being caught.

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  1. Auge Audre Zembrzuski March 12, 15:50

    Someatimes I think you are scaring me and I am not ready for this. I loved my country but the way things are
    going I will be happy to go also. I hope we aren’t loosing our country to others, This bothers me a lot. I don’t like the woman that are being voted into Washington D.C.

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    • Rick March 12, 17:32

      In two to three more election cycles there will be no more elections. When the communist party takes control that will stop. The people behind Taliq, Omar, and Cortez will have enough people to control the government in that time. You need to plan, have a plan.
      This is coming. Non assimilating immigrants are taking control and want a totalitarian fascist power hold. Plan as though your life depends on it.

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      • Duke March 12, 20:44

        Yup. Planning for just that…..

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      • The Ohio Prepper March 13, 03:19

        Rick,

        In two to three more election cycles there will be no more elections. When the communist party takes control that will stop. /blockquote>
        Perhaps I’m an optimist; but, I have seen these things swing in cycles for my nearly 50 years of voting, and this too will pass. Many thought it was the end of the world when BHO was elected and then reelected, with HRC standing in the wings for the finishing ”Coup de grace” ; but, enough people realized the predicament, like how we all got shafted with Obamacare and tossed HRC on her head, not electing a nontraditional swamp dwelling politician; but, a businessman who knows how to set and accomplish goals. The Dems haven’t gotten over their defeat; but, out here in fly over country, often ignored, we are still watching with eternal vigilance, which is the true cost of freedom.

        The people behind Taliq, Omar, and Cortez will have enough people to control the government in that time. You need to plan, have a plan.

        While Ilhan Omar has some support in her district in Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan, AOC just cost NYC 25,000 high paying jobs and lots of tax revenue with her ignorance, and there are those in NYC that are not happy with her. Quite honestly, seeing them tie Speaker Pelosi in knots is kind of amusing. I don’t see any support for them here in fly over country and we do still count the votes here AND ignore most of the PC crap.

        Plan as though your life depends on it.

        I do and it does, and those plans have been in progress for almost 50 years and coming together rather well.

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  2. Wannabe March 12, 16:17

    It would be immoral to build this to keep poor needy people off your property. Just like the democrats feel about a border wall, and now some republicans it is just immoral. All the want is a better life and future and fleeing oppression and violence. Of course I am being sarcastic. Good idea to protect the perimeter of your home and a good idea to protect the perimeter of your country. A good watch dog is a great alarm. She woke me up barking two or three times last night.

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    • Jake d March 12, 23:23

      I dont think she said that at all.

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      • Wannabe March 13, 16:55

        Jake d, I was just making an interjection on the subject at hand, home security because of the big debate about a national wall on southern border. That nasty old wall will help keep future Democrat voters at bay slowing down the one party system takeover politicians are trying to get done. You know, sanctuary cities, easy to get a drivers license, blanket amnesty. We are one state away turning blue for that to happen and it is my home state of Texas. And it is a huge avenue for illegals to take up residence. Did you know if you are at a residence long enoigh whether illegal or not you can apply for a drivers license? Did you know if your name is at a residence long enough it will show up on lists of residents to vote in that county? And did you know that if you produce a photo ID and it matches with your name and address you can vote in the state of Texas? It is that easy. That’s why I said what I said about home security and a wall

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        • jake d March 13, 20:50

          HELLO WANNABE. Yes I am well aware of the necessity of a wall on our southern border. I know how easy the Communists have made it for illegals to remain illegally in this country and how easy it is to get drivers licenses and vote. Actually I believe my reply ended up in the wrong spot.
          I live in Minnesota for now anyway and MN wants nothing less than to be a frozen version of California. Hell thy just elected a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to Attorney General and the idiot Ilhan Omar as a Representative.

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        • EddieW March 14, 04:24

          The wall will save us multiple Billions of dollars, the aliens want to come into this country and say Feed me, give me free housing, free medical care, and I will do my utmost to destroy your country!!!!

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  3. violet March 12, 17:06

    Auge, Are you saying that women should not be in power?

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    • nyght March 13, 02:38

      well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if truly open your eye the answer would have to be yes … the second time we saw them dress and act like sorority sisters it was there for all to see in fact it scared me, now look at what they are voting for you can’t make this shit up I am sorry but these are the optics and I don’t really see other women standing tall against these women

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      • rich white male March 13, 13:01

        It is certainly clear that sexism and racism is alive and well in the prepping world. When my ancestors came to this country their were placards in front of business that stated “No Irish need apply”. Other ancestors came down through Canada because the border was unsecured and they were denied entry to New York.
        In a time when we have a racist, sexist, obnoxious, hateful man in the presidency, who plays on peoples fears to keep himself in power, and behaves like a jackass, we have people fearing two political political women who dress and act like sorority sisters. Unbelievable.

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      • Wannabe March 13, 19:39

        Good point. Seems like all the women in congress are doing nothing to stand against those trying to help destroy America.

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    • Nolan Conley August 19, 16:16

      Hi Auge… As an older white male, I have absolutely no problems with a woman being president. Golda Maier of Israel put to rest any argument that women couldn’t be strong in politics and national affairs.

      I just don’t want wackjobs like Pelosi, Waters, Cortez and Omar who all hate America being president. Oh gosh, I forgot the murder in chief Hillary Clinton.

      We as a nation need to prepare for armed conflicts here in the United States as more and more illegals are being allowed here. I’m investing in precious metals… copper and lead. I hope we regain our sensibilities in this next election cycle. I also think Trump is doing a great job, he’s not perfect, but no one except Jesus Christ has ever been.

      I would not mind at all a strong conservative woman as president who loves the United States. The four idiots mentioned earlier are invited to try and cross the busy interstate highway on foot as many times as they like.

      I take that back… let’s keep Pelosi… she’s a poster child for the politically insane!

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  4. young prepper March 12, 17:37

    i’ve done similar with emptied party poppers that i painted desert-brown, or just brown, so forth so on,it was kinda funny how a couple years ago we got a convicted felon paper in the mail (one of the papers saying “hey a convicted felon moved into your neighborhood”) and it was actually for burglary, we have a fence around our property and only a so i had to get creative and make it work,which i cant really explain how i did that with text,but it kept our house from being robbed…..but a couple rabbits set our alarms off (we have a little more than an acre of land)

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  5. Meathead March 12, 19:06

    You can build a trip wire alarm from:
    1. Smoke alarm siren
    2. Wooden clothes pen for trigger
    3. Two tacks/screws as contact points
    4. Piece of thin plastic to insulate contact points and
    attach trip line to
    5. Length of clear mono-filament line
    6. 9-volt battery
    7. 9-volt batter connector

    Details to assemblet is self-evident.

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  6. Meathead March 12, 19:25

    The very, very BEST ALARM ANIMAL is a GOOSE, not a dog. A goose is highly territorial and will not only sound the alarm, it will attack an invader. A pair of goslings is not expensive and after they are grown, they require little care and will be as devoted to you as a dog.
    I recommend a pair of Pilgrim Geese. Their average lifespan is 20 to 25 years, which is much longer than a dog.
    Of course, they are an “outside animal” as they cannot be “potty trained” and you may have to hose off your porch regularly.

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  7. Pepper March 12, 20:32

    With regard to the question about women in power …
    I would not say that women should not be in power, but I will say that when you look at the ones who are in power; it seems there were better choices that could have been made.
    This Cortez woman is a child / moron who is fearless about being in love with herself and her 15 minutes of fame.
    Ilhan Omar is just this side of a Somali terrorist in her own right, and that Tahlib woman is the most vulgar person elected that I can remember.
    But when you look at the most “seasoned” women …
    Boxer [thank G-d she is gone], Murkowski, and the current female senator from California are easily the most dishonest people ever elected.
    Teresa May [current Prime Minister Of Great Britain] is a mental midget with every credential in the world to back that up.
    Angela Merkel wrecked Europe … and there are lots more but I have a birthday coming up in November so I am running out of time 😀
    So should women be elected … I will leave the evidence to speak for itself rather than cast a shade over all women.

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    • The Ohio Prepper March 13, 03:36

      Pepper,
      While this may be before your time, the late Margaret Thatcher was a great UK conservative PM who understood the world and knew her place in it. Some of my favorite quotes and quips came from her, with things like:
      ”The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
      She understood that nothing is easy or taken for granted with:
      ”You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
      And the most telling one for women in power like AOC and her ilk:
      ”Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

      When we vote for candidates, regardless of anything except their honesty and qualifications for the job, then we will get good people; but, filling a quota like the attempt with HBO or HRC, almost never ends well.

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      • Pepper March 13, 14:07

        To Spike … Thank You.
        To Left Coast Chuck … The Question here is “Why are we Preppers” ?
        I am NOT a Prepper because of illegal immigrants.
        They are a danger to Culture and Employment.
        Walls and effective immigration policy preserve Culture.
        They kill the bottom of the employment scale because they are paid under the table in many instances and therefore prevent people [illegally] who need that job from getting it .
        As for the moment we have Neither intelligent immigration policy nor a wall unless you consider that rusting aggregation of sheet metal the Democrats put up during the Obama years the Leftist idea of what a wall is …
        I wonder how much that crap cost Us … seriously ?
        Does that look like a kick back carnival or is it just me ?

        We have plenty of de-comissioned military bases in the United States that could be turned into long term detention centers in a heartbeat, so “catch and release” is a product of intellectual sloth and political thinking [which are indistinguishable and inseparable].
        As for a path to citizenship … Only if you are here legally.
        The rest can learn the fine art of pressing license plates for two years for every one year they have been here illegally.

        As for my political leanings Yes I am a hard core iron fisted arch conservative Libertarian because I have NO TRUST in either party for two completely distinct sets of reasoning.
        a. The Republican party are just as corrupt as the Democrats, while having No Spine, and b. The Democrat party are just as corrupt as the Republicans while maintaining a rather oddly political Sociopathy.
        Before anyone hits a red hot lather lets start with Slavery, The KKK [terrorist wing of the Democrat Party], The First Nations American Indian On or not On Reservation [sovereign or not] … but as I said before I have a birthday coming up in November.

        To The Ohio Prepper … I was a child in school in London when PM Thatcher was the Minister Of Education.
        I remember her with fondness and great admiration; even though as children we referred to her as “Old Iron Ass Maggy” 🙂
        Finally … “Why Are We Preppers” ? … simple
        Because NONE Of US HERE … trust the education system, the raft of politicians of either party who can be identified with anything that rhymes with “A Can” and the fact that WE As a Group KNOW these people are corrupt.
        We prep (1) because we do not trust this leadership, and (2) because Shit Happens.
        There are natural disasters of all sort that have NOTHING to do with politics.

        So those of Us who are waiting for Perfect Politicians to worship because they “May Or May Not have a Penis” or May Or May Not have Nicknamed” his political opponents into ignomy … You my friends are on a Fools Errand.
        You are A Prepper because you believe in Saving Yourself … because We Know there is no Cavalry coming over the hill.

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        • The Ohio Prepper March 13, 15:00

          Pepper,
          I will comment on most of your points, one by one, since as a retired engineer, that’s just how I do things; but, all in all, IMHO you are pretty much spot on an if you lived closer, I suspect we could be good friends..

          Walls and effective immigration policy preserve Culture.

          Indeed, as does a common language; but, we must have our forms in numerous languages to prove we are not racist, bigoted, homophobes just stepping on the already downtrodden.

          They kill the bottom of the employment scale because they are paid under the table in many instances and therefore prevent people [illegally] who need that job from getting it .

          It goes way beyond that. Those low paid immigrants around here are hired to run the Mega-Dairies putting the hurt on local family dairy farms.

          As for the moment we have Neither intelligent immigration policy nor a wall unless you consider that rusting aggregation of sheet metal the Democrats put up during the Obama years the Leftist idea of what a wall is

          The leftist have quite a good ability to build walls when they need them. The one running south to north in Berlin worked quite well for decades; but, then only to keep people in, and not to keep them out. It’s obviously a direction thing.

          We have plenty of de-comissioned military bases in the United States that could be turned into long term detention centers in a heartbeat, so “catch and release” is a product of intellectual sloth and political thinking [which are indistinguishable and inseparable].

          I agree and think these would also make better public housing than some of what we’ve seen since I was a kid. Make the adult’s work, either off site, or running the place onsite. Child care, cafeteria (mess hall), laundry, and landscaping come to mind, while the children and uneducated adults attend classes.

          As for a path to citizenship … Only if you are here legally.

          I might make an exception for the dreamers who came here at no fault of their own; but, that path would be rigid and arduous.

          As for my political leanings Yes I am a hard core iron fisted arch conservative Libertarian because I have NO TRUST in either party for two completely distinct sets of reasoning.

          I agree that both parties have failed us over and over again; but, for now it’s the best we have and I try to pick the best candidate from those offered, regardless of the letter after their name.

          To The Ohio Prepper … I was a child in school in London when PM Thatcher was the Minister Of Education.
          I remember her with fondness and great admiration; even though as children we referred to her as “Old Iron Ass Maggy”

          That’s good to know from someone who lived it, since I had similar thoughts on her and Reagan who seemed to be simpatico on knowing our common friends and foes and how to treat them.

          We prep (1) because we do not trust this leadership, and (2) because Shit Happens.

          Leadership? I see only a bit of that from the president; but, the children in congress seem to only be able to resist. Your comments on the education system are sadly correct; otherwise, the socialists would be thrown out on their butts at the mere mention of the word.

          You are A Prepper because you believe in Saving Yourself … because We Know there is no Cavalry coming over the hill.

          Amen!!! In the end we can only trust ourselves and close family and friends; however, at the local level there are great people who are trying.

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          • Pepper March 13, 17:16

            To Ohio Prepper … there is nothing here that should be an impediment to us being friends regardless of distance and I would be proud to call you my friend.
            We do disagree a bit about Trump.
            I find him obnoxious, egotistical, having the most mild command of the English language that it serves mostly as vocal butchery … and I voted for him.
            I did not vote or him because I liked him.
            I voted for him because I wanted performance, and in that view I think he has performed … By The Numbers.
            I am an engineer [not retired] so my measurement of the man was By The Numbers.
            He has performed marvelously regarding the economy and that was needed.
            Unfortunately he is the same Debt Monster every other President has been, but his motives are different.
            Socially … I do not believe the Society can be repaired because I think this society is sick to it’s core and is beyond repair or reunification.
            That is the political part of why we are Preppers.
            I think there will be an inevitable showdown between Left and Right, Good and Evil as the Bible describes it and [I believe] that Prepping is the only way to preserve the way I was raised, and the values my family passed on to me.
            Any sense of being capable of surviving this is going to come from me and my family being Prepared.
            I do not think it will be political war or a race war or anything like that, but I am convinced that something that should be minor will graduate into our Black Swan.
            And that ladies and gentlemen is when SHTF.
            As for public housing … I do not believe in it.
            When you create “public housing” you create concentration camps.
            In that I mean that you are “concentrating” poor people together and they have no other frame of reference than other poor people.
            Chicago is my home town here [I no longer live there] in America and there is not a better example of what Not to do than the public housing there, but it is the same everywhere.
            Housing vouchers so poor people can live in the middle class, learn from them and emulate them is the best option … in my opinion.
            As for “dreamers”, they have an unfortunate situation but if their family is here illegally, they are here on equally illegal terms and “dreamers” must leave with them.
            They are “dreamers” because of a misapplication of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to support “Anchor Baby” status.
            The 14th Amendment was authored to give citizenship rights to Slaves and the descendants of Slaves … not birthright citizenship to anyone who can drop a load of crotch droppings on American soil.
            The [dreamers] are an aggregation to that concept and “according to Constitutional Statute” are not availed to the rights of citizenship and there is no constitutional affect available to them remaining here According To Law.
            There is always an argument for humanitarianism which is a Lefty Camel’s nose under the tent because humanitarianism is misused for any and everything.
            The argument in their case is “they know nothing else” which is a claim of ignorance.
            Unfortunate though it may be the status of [dreamers] is a legal aggregation that only supports a political cause [the demographics of liberalism] and not necessarily the best interests of the nation.

            You guys are Great and I welcome all of you, even if I do not agree with you … as friends.

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            • The Ohio Prepper March 15, 01:58

              Pepper,

              To Ohio Prepper … there is nothing here that should be an impediment to us being friends regardless of distance and I would be proud to call you my friend.

              I agree, and have made some great friendships with people all over the country (CA to MA & TN to FL plus a few in Ohio) on another forum I haunt. (https://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/) , and especially the weekly “What I Did to Prep This Week“ column that has a lot of interaction between the forum participants, who called themselves “The (wolf) pack”. Anyone interested in direct contact via email can click on my name, and that very sparse website will allow you to send an email to me. Include a mention of this website and the name you use here. I do keep OPSEC and upon request have connected other members of that other forum, with permission / requests from both persons.

              We do disagree a bit about Trump.
              I find him obnoxious, egotistical, having the most mild command of the English language that it serves mostly as vocal butchery … and I voted for him.
              I did not vote for him because I liked him.
              I voted for him because I wanted performance, and in that view I think he has performed … By The Numbers.

              I’m not sure we disagree all that much, especially about Trump’s vocabulary and command of the English language. There are times he is talking and I’m just waiting for a word with more meaning than “Bigly” to be uttered.
              While I also voted for him, it was really more a vote against HRC, knowing her background and accomplishments vs. his, and for the most part, I have been rather satisfied with the results. His judicial appointments and treatment of taxes and regulation seem to have the economy on the right track
              His recent hold on use of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft has been touted as too late by some; but, like you and I, I think he went by the numbers and waited for the preliminary NTSB & FAA data to make the decision, which seemed reasonable to me, even though I don’t know when or if we’ll see the information from the black boxes, since they are now in the hands of the French, who could well have a vested interest in grounding the current primary competitor to their own Airbus product.

              I am an engineer [not retired] so my measurement of the man was By The Numbers.
              He has performed marvelously regarding the economy and that was needed.

              I concur; but, I think his one large miscalculation when trying to drain the swamp, was the size and depth of the swamp, and how many creatures it supported, who are fighting for their political lives.

              Unfortunately he is the same Debt Monster every other President has been, but his motives are different.

              I agree; but, we have to start somewhere and if you recall Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton did establish a balanced budget at least for a time, so it could be possible, assuming we get some real leader ship and that leadership stop using handouts to purchase votes.

              Socially … I do not believe the Society can be repaired because I think this society is sick to it’s core and is beyond repair or reunification.
              That is the political part of why we are Preppers.

              While I sadly suspect you could be right, living in our rural community we have much less division and more cooperation, and while most don’t use the “prepper” description, most here would fit the definition, since self reliance is still considered a virtue, and not something odd or out of place.
              My hope is that little pockets like ours may continue to thrive.

              Any sense of being capable of surviving this is going to come from me and my family being Prepared.
              I do not think it will be political war or a race war or anything like that, but I am convinced that something that should be minor will graduate into our Black Swan.

              I agree and think that perhaps the real estate mantra will be important: “Location, Location, Location” and our location and rural neighborhood, as large as it is, is filled with good people who have always had to be frugal, work hard, and work with neighbors on projects, large and small

              And that ladies and gentlemen is when SHTF.

              Which I think or at least hope, will be regional in nature.

              As for public housing … I do not believe in it.
              When you create “public housing” you create concentration camps.
              In that I mean that you are “concentrating” poor people together and they have no other frame of reference than other poor people.

              I agree; but, unless we close them down and turn those poor unskilled and uneducated people into the street, a boot camp environment with everyone given training and responsibility, could I think bring everyone out of the habits that keep them poor. Where I grew up I knew good people in public housing and while there were not the gang issues we may see today, the conditions were pretty bad, and trained too many people to take handouts, instead of expecting them to help themselves, in what has been called “The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations,”

              Housing vouchers so poor people can live in the middle class, learn from them and emulate them is the best option … in my opinion.

              That along with lifestyle coaching might do the trick; but, emulating middle class people with skills and jobs when you have none, would I think be a challenge.
              My wife was watching a show where they were taking some poor people shopping and those people walked right past the produce and meats, heading directly for the cold cuts & chips. The escort turned them back to the produce where they purchased some fresh fruits and vegetables and then some nice lean cuts of meat, and then back home showed them how to prepare those “new” foods. We all learn from our elders and if those lessons were for chips & Coke or Pepsi, then some mentoring might be required. For many politicians, that mentoring is too complex and they find it easier to throw money at the problem so they can sit back feeling good about themselves, thinking that the problem has been solved.

              As for “dreamers”, they have an unfortunate situation but if their family is here illegally, they are here on equally illegal terms and “dreamers” must leave with them.

              I think that should be on a case by case basis, since a dreamer who has been put through K-12 by the American taxpayer and has done well, should IMHO be allowed to stay and contribute; but, once again, this is too complexe for our “sound bite” political class.

              They are “dreamers” because of a misapplication of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to support “Anchor Baby” status.
              The 14th Amendment was authored to give citizenship rights to Slaves and the descendants of Slaves … not birthright citizenship to anyone who can drop a load of crotch droppings on American soil.

              I agree and perhaps we should change the statutes to reflect that fact; but, for those already here and doing well under the current application, that “Ex Post Facto” change would seem to me (not a lawyer) to be against at least the spirit of that same constitution.

              You guys are Great and I welcome all of you, even if I do not agree with you … as friends.

              I agree, since it would seem that we are all at least attempting the same end, each in ooour own way.

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            • Torn August 19, 16:17

              What happened to Cabrini Green? The public housing project in downtown Chicago.

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        • jake d March 13, 22:03

          Actually the reason I am a Prepper is really simple. I want to be prepared for emergencies… makes since right… Well, my feeling is anyone that does not prepare for the unexpected is a fool and if that person has a family to take care of he/she is at best irresponsible. People get all caught up in preparing for the big one, the one that brings down our way of life and that’s ok. However, prepping to me is being ready to get snowed in, huge spring floods, a tornado that wipes out part of the town and the grid, riots etc. These are things everyone should be ready for.
          How will non preppers feed their family when there is 2 feet of snow on the ground and more coming, its 10 below and the power goes out for 3-4 days or a week.
          Prepping is an adult responsibility and common sense.

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          • The Ohio Prepper March 14, 04:01

            jake d,

            Actually the reason I am a Prepper is really simple. I want to be prepared for emergencies… makes since right… Well, my feeling is anyone that does not prepare for the unexpected is a fool and if that person has a family to take care of he/she is at best irresponsible

            I agree and people should at least be able to mitigate the threats for which they are at potential risk. Here those are rather simple, with power outages or tornadoes being the most likely candidates. Others may have flooding, wildfires, earthquakes or other things.

            People get all caught up in preparing for the big one, the one that brings down our way of life and that’s ok.

            Actually I had the big one once when I was laid off from a job and couldn’t find full time work for about 9 months. Having savings and a paid off homestead along with 6 months of unemployment got us through that one. In 2015 I had an even bigger one, when a stroke (cerebral hemorrhage) put me in the hospital for a month, including rehabilitation time. Accrued vacation and paying the extra for disability insurance saved the day there; but, the insurance was optional, and I know of some that didn’t bother with it. Those incidents did bring down our way of life; but, acknowledging that it could happen and preparing, made all the difference in getting us through it.

            However, prepping to me is being ready to get snowed in, huge spring floods, a tornado that wipes out part of the town and the grid, riots etc. These are things everyone should be ready for.

            So true and why agencies like FEMA have pushed the 72 hour kit so hard the last few years. I’ve volunteered with my country EMA for almost 20 years, and while we have people, equipment, and skills to help our community in a disaster; but, the hard truth is that both volunteer and paid staff have their own families to care for, and getting all of the resources mustered in a large scale event, could easily take 2-3 days, so pushing the citizens to prepare for the first 72 hours on their own, is not some conspiracy; but, the reality of dealing with people, equipment, and supplies in less than normal conditions.

            How will non preppers feed their family when there is 2 feet of snow on the ground and more coming, its 10 below and the power goes out for 3-4 days or a week /

            They may not, since I know people who should know better, that still stop at the grocery each evening on the way home from work to pick up dinner & breakfast, unless they are eating breakfast somewhere on the way to work in the morning. Egg McMuffin anyone?

            Prepping is an adult responsibility and common sense.

            True for we who are actually adults, a sometimes all too rare situation.

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            • Pepper March 14, 14:24

              I have noticed a lot of talk about AKs and shotguns and the like of late, and a bit of animosity in some of those comments.
              A quick note to those of us who are considering shooting someone for Any Reason.
              I am a former U.S. Marine Corps Sniper [decorated].
              Killing someone is the LAST THING you want to do but if you have reason to Have A Gun, Do Not Pull It UNLESS You Intend To Kill Someone With It.
              There are No halfway measures and trust me, if you have a conscience you will Never outlive that moment.
              Enough Said.

              I am really happy to see that we got something started here with “Why Are We Preppers” ?.
              To [My Friend] Ohio Prepper … I prep because of a hard lesson similar to yours.
              In 2009 I had surgery to partially correct a condition called spondylolisthesis which in my case was a progressive [and incurable] deterioration of my spine due to a progressive degenerative disc disease.
              I was subjected to an anterior lumbar interbody fusion [ALIF] at L5-S1 which is surgery with a very low success rate [27%] if you get past the 49% survival rate.
              There was no alternative but death.
              I had a long recovery and for me this was devastating because I am a former Marine Corps Sniper, horseman [Western], motorcycles, boxing, martial arts … then That Lot!
              I had Brilliant Surgeon(s) that got me walking [and running] again and my life is pretty normal except for residual pain.
              Look, spinal surgery is a Repair, not a Cure.
              When you have a second chance at your Future, I think it would be “less than Adult” to lie there and contemplate a life without Preparation.
              I now live in fly-over territory and there are floods, tornadoes, ice storms, Monster thunderstorms and the occasional lightning caused fire.
              In other words … Nature 🙂
              I suggest that anyone who gets knocked on their ass after a lifetime of “tough guy stuff” and working off the edge of the world after the military …
              Any thinking person should come to the conclusion at the moment of truth that a bit more preparation might be a good idea.
              There is only one reason [in my mind] to be a Prepper.
              The Inescapable Reason One … Shit Happens !

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              • The Ohio Prepper March 20, 02:46

                Pepper,

                I am a former U.S. Marine Corps Sniper [decorated].

                Intersting. My youngest boy is a former scout sniper reservist.

                Killing someone is the LAST THING you want to do but if you have reason to Have A Gun, Do Not Pull It UNLESS You Intend To Kill Someone With It.

                That’s probably good advice after TSHTF; but, in modern society, at least in my state (and most others) the intent is never to kill; but, to use sufficient force to stop the threat. If brandishing does the job, then the fight ends; but, you must be prepared if the perp wants to “call your bluff” or escalate the matter, realizing that there are further consequences after the fight.

                There are No halfway measures and trust me, if you have a conscience you will Never outlive that moment.

                I can’t imagine; but, hope I’ll never need to make that decision or have to live with the consequences of doing so.

                To [My Friend] Ohio Prepper … I prep because of a hard lesson similar to yours.
                In 2009 I had surgery to partially correct a condition called spondylolisthesis which in my case was a progressive [and incurable] deterioration of my spine due to a progressive degenerative disc disease.

                Wow. My disease process has been going on for 30+ years, and is at least partly self inflicted, by my eating habits. From 1988 until 1998 I had several angioplasties, followed by a quadruple cardiac bypass in 1998. In 2007 I had a pacemaker implanted and a replacement in 2012 at end of battery life. In 2015 a cerebral hemmer age put me in the hospital for a month where I received my latest pacemaker and was taught to walk again. I was lucky to be in Ohio where we have Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, which is part of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, and is a nationally known leader in rehabilitation.
                I was prepping long before my problems, because I saw too many unexpected things happening in the world to people who were unprepared. Both physical and mental preparations were not up to the problems they encountered. While I am aware of the world around me, my situation in it and work hard, I have been incredibly lucky, and know that to be the case.

                I was subjected to an anterior lumbar interbody fusion [ALIF] at L5-S1 which is surgery with a very low success rate [27%] if you get past the 49% survival rate. There was no alternative but death.

                You obviously survived, and from personal experience I know that it is at least in part, personal grit and determination. In my several weeks of rehab, learning to walk again, I saw people who whined and would not even try, preferring to sit in a wheel chair and be waited on. I was wheeled in and walked out 16 days later, determined to go home and be as normal as possible. One great thing I had on my side was a loving, caring, worried wife, and lots of great friends.

                I had a long recovery and for me this was devastating because I am a former Marine Corps Sniper, horseman [Western], motorcycles, boxing, martial arts … then That Lot!

                I understand. I had a motorcycle for a while, giving it up for Ohio’s winter weather; but, I was a horseman, rock climber, spelunker, scuba diver, and even jumped out of a perfectly good airplane a few times. As a ham operator I used to climb my 50 foot tower on a whim, to make repairs and adjustments; but, at least for now, most of those activities are out of bounds. I still do martial arts and the wife and I do Tai Chi, so hope springs eternal.

                I had Brilliant Surgeon(s) that got me walking [and running] again and my life is pretty normal except for residual pain.

                I had an equally good retina specialist who saved what vision I have with cutting edge experimental laser surgery that is now a normal procedure. Here are some details.
                Restoration of retinal blood flow via translumenal Nd:YAG embolysis/embolectomy (TYL/E) for central and branch retinal artery occlusion.
                https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18301027

                When you have a second chance at your Future, I think it would be “less than Adult” to lie there and contemplate a life without Preparation.

                Aye Aye. Just looking at the intense commitment made by my wife to drive 50 miles each way daily through the snow to be at my side that month, means I owe her and others, more than I can ever repay.

                I now live in fly-over territory and there are floods, tornadoes, ice storms, Monster thunderstorms and the occasional lightning caused fire.

                You mean just normal stuff, LOL. Where I live in Ohio is relatively safe compared to some other places, since floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes are of no concern and even the Tornados give a bit of warning if you pay attention.

                Any thinking person should come to the conclusion at the moment of truth that a bit more preparation might be a good idea.

                Yes, and it baffles me why there are many that don’t, seemingly whistling through the graveyard and hoping all will be well.

                There is only one reason [in my mind] to be a Prepper.
                The Inescapable Reason One … Shit Happens !

                I’m betting that even those who don’t describe themselves as “Prepper”, keep their homeowner and vehicle insurance paid and up to date, since deep down, they all realize that Shit Happens.

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  8. IvyMike March 12, 23:40

    Racist and chauvinistic comments have nothing to do with prepping, or the the great majority of Preppers. People making such comments shame themselves and embarrass the rest of us.

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    • Pepper March 13, 01:57

      With regard to your wisecrack about racism … I AM BLACK !!!
      As for chauvinistic, if you are unwilling to look at the evidence in front of you rather than preside over some soapbox that women cannot be criticized … I suggest a does of reality with your morning coffee.
      Did you know that Senator Feinstein wrote a letter to HUD and got her husband a 250 million dollar housing maintenance contract from the government during the Obama years ?
      So I suppose it is chauvinist to bring that up.
      That Barbara Boxer left office with corruption lawsuits hanging over her head and could not be re-elected?
      That Murkoswski got her seat from her father ?
      That this freshman Tahlib called your President an M-F in public and on numerous occasions ?
      That Ihan Omar gave a speech at a fundraiser for a Terrorist Sponsorship Group THIS PAST WEEKEND ?
      Have you noticed that Europe is overrun with North African / Middle Eastern Men of military age … who are demanding free everything because Now they are in Welfare States ?
      Did you KNOW these same people are dumping their children in German hospitals DEMANDING they be cured of “whatever disease”, then walking off and leaving them to be wards of the state ?
      Of course you would KNOW that Merkel swung the doors of Europe open ?
      How about PM May’s getting shot down by Parliament TODAY since her Brexit Plan was a crap capitulation ?
      So fine … I am a chauvinist and a racist and women can do no wrong and to critique them is off limits.
      There are REASONS why We Prep for the worst and the Worst is brought to us by politicians and Some of them are WOMEN !
      So … What’s it like being a Politically Correct Rocket Scientist ?

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      • Tex April 30, 21:35

        Pepper…..well stated and quite true. I admire your verbal skills and ability to see through the B.S. that so many consider to be “facts”. I’d be proud to ride the river with you and equally proud to call you my friend. Be well, be safe and be vigilant.

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    • left coast chuck March 13, 03:20

      While I agree that political comments lead to name calling and other unpleasantness when it shouldn’t, I think the political situation is within the parameters of disaster preparation. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have kicked the problem of unregulated immigration down the road past whenever the next election is since the 1960s . I don’t think you have to be a bleeding heart liberal or an iron fisted conservative to believe that unregulated immigration, allowing unknown numbers of unknown immigrants, no matter what pejorative you want to attach to them into any country bodes well for that country.

      There must be an orderly path to legal immigration and an orderly path to citizenship. Immigrants who come to this country in violation of our laws, in my view, start out as criminals. As a matter of law, someone who has been deported and returns to the U.S. commits a federal felony meriting confinement in a federal penitentiary.

      I have often remarked that we don’t need to import criminals, we have a sufficient supply of our own home grown criminals. As a matter of fact, if we controlled our borders we wouldn’t have so many felons in our prisons. I have read that 38% of the felons confined in prisons in the U.S. are here illegally. That would certainly free up plenty of beds so that we wouldn’t be forced to early release “non-violent” felons from prison. By the way, I haven’t read the statute personally, but I have seen it reported in discussions about crimes that are “non-violent” and it is reported that merely shooting at an officer is considered non-violent for early release purposes. If the shooter is a sufficiently poor shot that he missed the officer here in the PDRK that is considered a non-violent crime. If that is the case, I’ll bet the boys in blue really love that one.

      So, to tie this long discourse into prepping, I find the current political situation, together with the ever ballooning national debt which is also a political situation to be of utmost concern. Without naming names, it seems as if politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to inflame the American people and goad them into unrestrained action. I am truly concerned about the possibility of armed conflict. Assuming one does not consider confrontation with 2x4s with nails and baseball bats and other assorted weaponry to be armed conflict.

      With that, I will pick up my soapbox and steal away into the night.

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      • nyght March 13, 13:08

        you are both spot on I know some fine women and they have told me so shit about how women operate and they made no bones about what they were telling me. that said they are no better than men and maybe a little worse at least in my eye when you factor in menopause and there monthly… women know about this stuff men do not they can and do bullshit men all the time cuz they don’t know the facts like men there are shity men we all know who they are same with women and there are a lot of them to just because a man or women has a degree don’t make the m smart or not crooked either but I tell you what if your eyes are wide open you had better be preparing like no tomorrow pardon the punctuation you know our education system not soo good and that’s another matter altogether if not for spell check you would not be able to read this lol

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    • Spike March 13, 03:47

      Pepper… I like you. Keep up the good comments.

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  9. The Ohio Prepper March 13, 03:49

    From the article:

    Most of the respondents to the survey questions said that they would leave immediately once a loud alarm sounded.

    I’ve been teaching classes on this subject for about 25 years and another good deterrent is a barking dog. Even a little pooch that makes noise when someone comes on the property is all you need. It comes down to having something on guard 24/7 whether it’s a dog or an alarm.
    Humans typically live in one of 4 states of consciousness.
    ”Unaware”, “Aware”, “Alert”, “Alarm” with sleep time being the unaware, and the time you most need an alarm. So a dog or the trip wire will do the trick.
    We use a combination of solar powered motion sensing lights and wireless motion alarms, both from Harbor Freight. The only problem with the physical trip wire in the article is that once tripped, you have to go out @ 3:00 AM in the snow or rain and reset it. These electronic wireless alarms automatically reset; but, do require batteries, that can be changed in the daylight, LOL.

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  10. left coast chuck March 14, 02:04

    Not scard: That only really works for sober folks who have a modicum of intelligence. For the real stupids and the folks whose mental acuity has been impaired by partaking of various substances that affect the central nervous system, they fail to recognize the inherent danger in having a loaded firearm pointed at them.

    Ask any cop you know how many times in his career he has had some Inebriated Fool tell that cop that the I.F. was going to take the gun away from the cop and insert it in a body orifice. I can recall a case where the homeowner had a .44 magnum revolver pointed at the I.F. and the I.F. proceeded to attempt to do that. The homeowner proved to the I.F. that he was incapable of so acting by drilling him dead center with a 240 grain jacketed hollow point. Unfortunately, the lesson was lost on the Inebriated Fool as the lesson proved fatal to him.

    People will say just racking a shotgun is enough to send bad guys running. That too has proved to be short of accuracy. You may have hear the term “liquid courage” during my time in the Marine Corps our favorite term was “stupid water”. Drugs also play an important part in acting with stupidity. How many times has a buddy of yours injured himself after consuming a quantity of beer. You know the famous words uttered just before waking up in the E.R. “Hey, watch this.” usually uttered at about .15 or higher.

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  11. Firecop March 16, 13:23

    Isn’t it interesting that Congress wont pony up 5 Billion for a wall that would easily save that much money in short order, but the IRS gives away 4.2 Billion to so called “Dependents” that not only live in Mexico but have never even set foot in the U.S. let alone are citizens. “Just the facts Mamm.”

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    • The Ohio Prepper March 20, 01:36

      Firecop,

      Isn’t it interesting that Congress wont pony up 5 Billion for a wall that would easily save that much money in short order, but the IRS gives away 4.2 Billion to so called “Dependents” that not only live in Mexico but have never even set foot in the U.S. let alone are citizens.

      Worse than that, in 2016 we flew a cargo plane with a palate of cash to Iran, at which point they released some hostages. This was of course not a ransom payment.

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  12. George August 24, 15:23

    I appreciated the 2 or 3 comments which were on topic. Thanks for sharing your tips for making alarms.

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