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How to Use Your Home Security System to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted By: Adrian Salas on Friday, May 11th, 2012
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Let’s get real for a second. The zombie apocalypse is coming. It’s simply a fact that we all need to accept. All we can do to ensure the survival of the human race is to start preparing now.

There are plenty of things that will aid your survival in a zombie apocalypse. Weapons, food, water, and secure shelter are of the utmost importance. Obtaining weapons and other materials is relatively straight forward but securing your home against zombies is something most homeowners never really consider.

One of the best tools at your disposal is a home security system, preferably a wireless model that you install yourself (much like those offered by Protect America). A home security system has a lot of benefits in a zombie apocalypse and can help you and your family survive the hoards of flesh eaters. Follow the advice in this article and you’ll have a fighting chance of surviving the inevitable onslaught of the walking dead.

What Type of Zombie Are We Most Likely to Encounter during the Apocalypse?

When considering a zombie apocalypse, it’s important to consider what type of zombie we’re dealing with. Popular culture is rife with depictions of zombies. The most horrifying would be the fast moving type seen in 28 Days Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake. Fortunately, this type of zombie is rare in books and films. Sci-fi writers and zombie theorists usually agree that real world zombies would be more similar to the type seen in The Walking Dead or described in the truly epic and awesome novel World War Z.

It’s important to note what type of zombie we’ll be dealing with when the world starts going to pieces. The quicker humans transform into zombies and how fast they move after the transition will greatly influence your strategies for survival. This article will make the assumption that zombies are slow moving and, once bitten, it will take a person several hours or even days before finally becoming one of the walking dead.

The Outbreak: Your Home Security System in the Early Days of the Zombie Apocalypse

Considering the nature of the outbreak will be somewhat slower, people will generally be warned before they actually encounter a zombie. The first signs of trouble will probably be vague news reports and government officials attempting to downplay the crisis. When the outbreak is finally acknowledged, the first advice offered by the government will be for people to stay indoors.

Believe it or not, this is actually good advice. Zombies don’t have great motor skills or possess higher level reasoning. This means their ability to open doors or enter windows will be dramatically limited. It will be tempting for people to leave their homes in order to get away from population centers but this can be a huge mistake. In the aftermath of an announcement that a zombie outbreak has occurred, panic will ensue and people will flee in mass. At the early stages of a zombie apocalypse, the biggest danger will be from other people that are scared and trying to secure their own survival.

During the initial outbreak, a home security system will be vitally important and a comprehensive home security plan will be the difference between life and death. Fortunately, any home security plan will be just as effective against common criminals as it will against looters.

To effectively protect your home in the early days of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll need a home security system that includes a few helpful features, like motion activated security lighting and motion detectors. When you get a home alarm system from a company like Protect America, you’ll also receive enough door/window sensors to cover EVERY single point of entry into your home. As people are panicked, they’ll get into your home in any way possible so it’s important to monitor every door and window. A home security system provides early warning for anyone trying to break in, even when you’re not watching.

Another home security accessory that might be useful in the early stages of a zombie apocalypse are glass break sensors. These devices measure sound frequencies to determine when glass has been broken. Glass break sensors are especially helpful as they will be able to detect either looters or zombies that have broken your windows.

The door chime feature of a home security system can also warn of anyone, zombie or otherwise, attempting to enter your home. This feature is exactly what it sounds like, when a window or door is opened, the control panel chimes. A related feature that can be helpful is that alarm systems won’t actually arm unless all doors/windows are closed. If your security system fails to arm, it’s a major indication that a door or window is open and the rest of the house is vulnerable.

Keeping your yard visible from your home is also important. Over grown shrubbery can offer an excellent hiding place for anyone looking to stake out your home. The more information they have about your home defense, the more vulnerable your home is to attack.

The Infestation: Your Home Security System Can Help You Survive

There will probably come a time when you have to leave your home. Despite the mass fascination by zombies in recent years, it’s doubtful any government has a plan for actually dealing with an outbreak. If zombies started to appear, it would likely take a long time to successfully defeat.

In the event of an outbreak, monitor the news to determine where zombies are in relation to your home. If they’re close, it’s time to leave. If you see a zombie on your street or in your apartment complex, it’s time to leave but it might be too late. In the first stages of an outbreak, it’s important to avoid the confusion of people trying to find a place to survive. When the outbreak has spread, it’s important to avoid zombies.

When you have to finally leave your home, a self-installed wireless alarm system can help you survive. Wireless alarm systems can be attached to cars and RVs offering a reliable way to get advanced warning when zombies are on the attack. An especially helpful accessory is a motion activated video camera. These devices detect changes in pixels and can alert users to the presence of zombies. NOTE: Traditional motion sensors WILL NOT work in a zombie outbreak. Motion detectors sense body heat and zombies, being dead, don’t have enough body heat for thermal detection.

Door/window sensors can be especially helpful for monitoring supplies, such as food and weapons. One popular use of wireless home alarm systems is for monitoring gun safes. Users with wireless home alarm systems often place a sensor on their gun cabinet or safe that activates with any attempt to open it. Any attempt to remove a sensor will also activate it. When mobile and trying to avoid zombies and looters, a sensor can be used on a variety of items, like coolers and even cardboard boxes.

With a home alarm system, it’s also possible to create “alarm traps” that can alert you to the presence of zombies. One method for doing this involves tying a string to one side of a sensor. The string won’t get in the way of magnets and the sensor should still operate properly. If a zombie catches the string and activates the sensor, the alarm will trigger and give you enough time to get away.

Home Security Advice to Avoid in a Zombie Apocalypse

As we’ve covered before, booby traps are a bad idea. When people are scared and don’t have the means for proper home security, it’s easy to turn to dangerous tactics for protection.

Rigging guns to trip wires or placing glass underneath windows can be tempting but the danger of harming someone you care about is exceedingly high. In normal times, these ideas are bad enough but in a zombie apocalypse, booby traps can be even more dangerous. Without access to proper medical care, simple cuts can turn into life threatening infections.

Conclusions on Home Security System Use in a Zombie Apocalypse

Surviving a zombie apocalypse can be made substantially easier with a home security system. With a home security system, survivors can watch over their homes and existing supplies during the initial outbreak. After the zombie hoards start to spread, people with home alarm systems can use door/window sensors to watch over supplies while mobile. Motion activated home video cameras will also be especially helpful in alerting survivors to the presence of zombies, potentially giving them enough time to get to safety.

In general, home security systems provide warning of an attack. Whether you’re dealing with burglars, looters, or zombies, a home alarm system can save your life.

If you’re reading this, you’re either smart enough to plan ahead… or it’s already started to happen, in which case, it’s too late. Either way, good luck and God speed.

Do you have any tips on how to survive the zombie apocalypse? Give us your advice in the comments below!

Adrian Salas
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Adrian Salas

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As one of Protect America’s top security experts, Adrian blogs about the most pressing issues and frequently asked questions homeowners might have. Adrian’s expertise spans from technology and safety tips to news, communication and blogging. In his spare time, Adrian manages a host of other successful blogs and enjoys the vibrant nightlife of Austin, Texas.

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