by Leon Pantenburg
All your stockpiled food, clothing, medical supplies etc will be useless if someone comes takes it away from you.
How to prevent that , and ensure your personal safety, is the theme of Jim Cobb's latest book "Prepper's Home Defense," which came out in late 2012. Part of your preparedness planning must include some security measures.
Cobb's book shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense, including:
- Perimeter security systems and traps
- House fortifications and safe rooms
- Secured and hidden storage
- Firearms and defensive combat techniques
- Gathering intelligence and forming alliances
Without resorting to a doom-and-gloom approach, Cobb supplies some valuable information. Having no way to test the information regarding fortifying a house, I'll have to take Cobb's suggestions at face value. And since I haven't had much to do with setting up trip wires, traps and safe rooms, I'll pass on commenting. I found the book to be well-written and informative, and I didn't have a struggle finishing it.
I found the security aspects very interesting and some of his tips will provide valuable info to readers with no background in security.
But in the areas I have some experience with, Cobb proves he knows his stuff. His section on firearms for defense is excellent. I appreciate how Cobb discusses the best gun deals for the money and how he doesn't necessarily recommend getting an assault rifle. Some of Cobb's weapons choices are similar to what I have used and recommend, so I know they work.
Likewise, the discussions about building, concealing and storing caches of food, weapons and equipment are excellent. Cobb discusses making caches out of PVC pipe and where to bury them. He also offers tips on how to keep people with metal detectors from finding a cache with metal objects in it.
The security and home defense aspect of preparedness are outside of my fields of expertise, and I need to learn more, so I'm glad there is a book like "Prepper's Home Defense" available. I will be reading this book again.
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