I live in a wooded rural area and have a 3/4 mile long driveway to my home that has two steep places where I could block the road (to motor vehicle traffic) easily with a heavy farm implement. One of these sites is about 1/4 mile away and out of sight and hearing from the house. The other site is about 100 yards from the house and partly visible, through the trees, from the upstairs windows.
In the event of a severe societal breakdown would it be a good idea to block the road? Certainly I want to discourage anyone from driving up to my home in that situation but at least I could then hear them coming whereas if I block the road they could still sneak up through the woods. A compromise would be to block it where it is close to the house. That way I could keep motor vehicles away but still hear them drive near, probably, and might see them. What do you think?
Hi, I’m of the idea that if you can get there with a car, so can a car full of bad guys.
How would you block the road and still manage to get in and out for when you need to do so? That can get complicated.
If you’re thinking about a certain event where a lot of displaced people may be heading your way, then yes, I suppose you could block the way and given you have enough supplies you can stay put until the threat is over. It may work then for specific episodes where you have some time in advance.
This brings to mind another common topic of discussion, which is pretending your house is abandoned. The logic behind this is that the looter/refugee/other would think the place was already looted and there’s nothing there worth the trouble.
I find this logic to be very naïve, and totally opposite to what always happens in reality. In reality an empty house is an invitation to go inside and check for anything that might have been left behind. If nothing else, the empty house alone is ideal refugee for someone that may have just lost it all.
Wouldn’t you seek refugee in some abandoned house if needed? Its also easy to understand how anyone scrounging would approach the place to see if there’s anything of value.
Besides blocking the road, while I wouldn’t put spotlights around the place to make it stick out like a sore thumb, I would make sure that there’s enough light so that anyone getting close enough would clearly see there’s occupants. A sign saying “trespassers will be shot” would be much more of a deterrent than a house that appears abandoned.
Hope that helped, good luck with your plans.