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Prepper's Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Good Book! Some ideas are a little out there, but overall good i

    Good Book! Some ideas are a little out there, but overall good ideas!
    Prepper’s Home Defense
    By Jim Cobb

    As some of you may know we are into preparing. Preparing for what you may ask; we prepare for natural disasters, unemployment, tragedies, manmade disasters, etc. Now just because we try our best doesn’t make us experts so we read a lot of books written by experts to try to prepare better and more efficiently. The latest book we have added to our library is called “Prepper’s Home Defense” and I actually gave it to my husband for Christmas (He was pretty excited to get it!)

    Most of us have heard the instructions to build your food storage but it’s good to remember “all the preps in the world will do you no good if someone takes them from you” (as the author put it).

    I love in the introduction that Cobb reminds us that in the aftermath of an event that leads to a long term lapse in social services (ie police and fire departments) the rules will change significantly. If people can’t feed their families what lengths are they going to go to in order to find food? This is what we need to prepare for. It’s scary, but it’s a harsh reality.

    This book covers a lot of topics; from simple things such as creating a security plan, how to add to your storage without drawing attention from others, to how to defend the perimeter and how to create a secure structure (think doors, windows, walls, etc). He also talks about things such as: safe rooms (Cobb gives some great pointers and things to think about - things that I never would have even realized before reading this book), storing cashes (items hidden outside your home that you may need in the future), firearms and weapons, physical combat, guard dogs, communication, helping parents to help prepare their children, things to be included in a “bug out” bag, and more. Also included in the back of the book is an appendix of further reading and useful websites and suppliers.

    He also reminds us that most of the things in this book are things that should be planned and prepared for but should NOT be used except in a post-collapse scenario. He is not concerned with a common potential burglar after your new computer. Those type of things are for police officers. Post-collapse emergency response will not be available.

    We really liked that his book is written for real people in a real home – not people living in an isolated area or in a remote bomb shelter (or whatever – you get the point). It’s written for home owners across the US. However some of the suggestions are a bit out there and we are not sure we would really do them (for example when discussing how to prepare your perimeter Cobb suggests to build a fence or grow a hedge around your property and then right inside the fence or hedge dig a trench and fill it with glass, nails, etc. I do not think this would be a very wise move for the modern family – especially if you have kids). But the book did a good job at opening our eyes and making us aware that if something major were to happen it would not be all play and games, we would need to be willing to do anything to protect our families and defend our home.

    I received this book for free to facilitate my review. This did not affect my opinions of the book, author, or publisher.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Prepper's Home Defense by Jim Cobb Jim Cobb has done a very goo

    Prepper's Home Defense by Jim Cobb

    Jim Cobb has done a very good job in putting together this valuable little book. It is organized very neatly, in logical chapters, and I would recommend it to anyone from the very beginner to the more experienced survivalist.

    One of the best things about it was the fact that the content will lead the reader to ask more questions of himself and rethink some of what are the "taken for granteds." Things like, "Do I really want a wood fire in a time of great social upheaval, when it would likely attract attention to me?" Or, "How does the way the entryways onto my property are configured going to affect my ability to defend my home?" These and other questions will get you thinking more tactically and strategically.

    I am an ex-military member, and although my experience was not in hand to hand combat per se, I thought I had a good grasp on tactics, being in the military for 24 years. However, Mr. Cobb demonstrated to me just how many things I have been neglecting to consider. If you are an experienced military or law enforcement person, there will probably be something in this book that you had not considered, as well.

    Prepper's Home Defense covers everything from classes of potential enemies, to defensive philosophy, to the nuts and bolts of defense - attack dog vs. watch dog, typical arsenals, non-firearm weaponry, and even touches upon weapons that would be completely useless to a real world defense situation. It also covers "stealth" topics, such as how to remain undiscovered, or at least unnoticed in a time of societal upheaval.

    This is an eye opening book that every survivalist, both novice and experienced, ought to have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    ¿Deter. Delay. Defend!¿ The words on the back cover of Prepper¿

    “Deter. Delay. Defend!” The words on the back cover of Prepper’s Home Defense do a good job summing up a subject that even those who are already prepping may not have given due consideration. This book contains straight forward information on the many aspects of protecting family, home and the resources you’ve gathered to prepare for disaster.

    Good locks are only the beginning. While they may do the job today, in circumstances where law enforcement is stretched beyond its limits, particularly if it’s long term, those locks aren’t going to be enough. You need a defense plan as surely as food and water. And that’s where Prepper’s Home Defense offers practical advice on subjects such as operational security (remember “loose lips sink ships”?), hidden storage, perimeter defense, safe rooms and weapons, among other things to increase your safety later. In short, it gives you alternatives for dealing with issues you’ve probably never considered.

    Beyond the practical information and advice, Prepper’s Home Defense will make you think – about what you’re doing now, what you could be doing to prepare today to be ready for the worst tomorrow, and what your options are along the way.

    Prepper’s Home Defense will make a great addition to any prepper’s bookshelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013


    Well researched, easy to understand. Covers many topics that are overlooked by other authors. I've read quite a few on similar topics but this taught me some things.

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