May 23, 2019

How to Escape from a Riot

Living in the big city, it is a good idea to think ahead and plan what you would do in the event of a riot.  You never hear about riots out in the wilderness or farming communities, since riots occur where crowds gather. We were living in Los Angeles when the 1992 Rodney King riots erupted, resulting in six days of arson, looting, beatings and murder.  A couple of innocent drivers who were stopped at intersections were pulled from their […]

Five Tips for Barricading Yourself in your Apartment

This is a guest post by Mark Despite a plethora of options for preventing burglaries and apartment break-ins, the U.S. Justice Department still estimates that an American home is broken-into every 15 seconds, averaging in thousands of dollars lost per household as a result. But beyond the fear of losing valuable possessions, what can be most damaging is a loss of personal safety.   Below are five important tips for effectively barricading yourself in your apartment during an attack. 1. Start a […]

5 Types of Safes for Budget Oriented Preparedness Plans

In essence, what all of us involved in preparedness activities do is to anticipate a danger so that when the time comes we come out of it unharmed. In times of need you’ll want a place to hide your valuables and one of the most reliable spots is a good old SAFE. This article introduces several types of safes that are useful in an apartment setting and their function in protecting two important elements of every preparedness plan: 1) Protecting […]

Small Space Safe-Keeping: How to Store and Hide Valuables in a Tiny Space

If you live in a small apartment or dorm room, you may find it challenging at times to stow away your personal valuables. Yet, this is especially important if you bunk with others, have room-mates who like to snoop, or reside in a building that lacks security. Having a spot to hide personal and valuable items should be a priority. Fortunately, there are some clever options that work great in small spaces, for keeping your personal items safe and out […]

Five Ways to Thwart Looters After a Disaster

It comes when you least expect it. Any home can have a natural or man-made tragedy strike at any time, but the challenges are multiplied if you live in an apartment. Apartment living may be commitment-free, but you do not have control over when repairs are completed, which contractors are used, or how secure your apartment is during the process. While empty apartments are easy targets for professional and amateur burglars when an entire building has to be evacuated in […]

What You Need to Know about Body Armor

Body armor is recommended by many survival sites and books.  Some of our readers who are further along in their preparedness journey have asked how they might have a degree of protection from bullets flying, especially since apartment dwellers cannot make changes to their walls or structures.  In terms of survival needs, this falls under the “security” category, but like choosing weapons for survival, it is strictly a personal choice.  For those preppers who are already confident in their amount of […]

A Burglar’s Universal Search Pattern – How a Burglar Robs Your Home in 8 Minutes

There are a lot of things that a person can do in 8 minutes. For example, wash the dishes, make a sandwich, check email, or make a cup of coffee. Eight minutes is all a burglar needs to rob your home. That’s pretty fast considering this is a new environment for him, because all homes are different. Burglars don’t like to hang around inside your house for long. The longer they are inside, the higher the chances they’ll end up […]

A Review of Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I just finished reading Holding Your Ground:  Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  I can safely say I have never read a book like it.  It is a manual on how to defend your home and your family in the event of a breakdown.  When I first started preparing I first focused on water, food and shelter; I will admit that defense was not on the top of my list.  Holding […]

Make your Apartment Doors and Windows More Secure

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In my post Five Free Things You can Do Now to be More Prepared, one of the recommended steps was to evaluate the safety of your home or apartment.  If the doors and windows don’t seem too secure to you, now is the time to reinforce them. Apartment dwellers have the additional challenge of not being able to make major alterations to their structure.  Some apartments allow the residents to obtain their own […]

Can Helping Out be Hazardous?

I was reading Arsenius post over at Living Out There blog (update:  blog is no longer published), in which he describes passing by stranded motorists on the freeway, and feeling bad about not being able to help out because of safety concerns.  This is such a valid concern these days, I felt compelled to write a post about it. Last week in the local news there was a story about three female criminals who were using their kids to get […]

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