If criminals know your home is isolated, and you are not there at certain times, what does this tell a potential intruder? It tells them that they have all the time in the world to ransack your home.
Security is concern if you purchase remote property for your bug-out location or to construct an off grid homestead. If the nearest neighbor is 20 miles away then there is simply no deterrent for anyone wanting to break into your home if you are away.
Isolation May Not Be Your Best Option
Good neighbors can be beneficial, but for some people, the reason to go off grid is to get away from people and the hustle and bustle of urban living. Unless you never leave the home, or can have roving guards 24/7 you are susceptible to break-ins when you are not around.
Neighbors can work together to keep an eye on each other’s property, and if people in the area know this is customary in certain areas then would be intruders may at least think twice about breaking in.
Alarm systems can be incorporated but powering them 24 hours a day every day can be a problem if you are using solar to generate electricity, for example, and if you are not at home who would hear the alarm. Having a monitored system would be out of the question without cell or landline phone service.
Do Your Research before Buying
Subscribe to the local paper before buying property, while it will tell you some things about crime in the area it will not tell you everything, so you also have to do some footwork if you will. Drive the area and look for clues such as boats, ATV’s, and other items in plain sight. If high dollar items are scattered about the property then homeowners may not be worried about them being stolen. Do kids play in the yards, and are windows left open in warm weather.
Do not advertise your intentions. If you use a Realtor, for example, there is no need to explain to them your intentions. Word would get around, and once the word Prepper or homesteader is spread around you may get unwanted attention.
Have a police scanner in your vehicle, but be cautious, because having one may send the wrong signal to law enforcement. Pay attention to the calls police are receiving to determine the type of crimes typical to the area. Check state laws, because in some states there are restrictions as to the use of a police scanner in a motor vehicle.
Some security experts subscribe to occupying the high ground. Build on top and clear the area below for line of sight and to deprive intruders and others the benefit of cover is the thinking of some. This only works if you never leave the property, and can monitor the property around the clock however. Building high means people below can see you, your home stands out in other words.
Your structure can be built with security in mind, for example, make it two stories, and the bottom story could be all brick, stone or block walls without windows and a very secure door. However, your quality of living can suffer if you put all of your efforts into securing the structure.
Leave a Small Footprint
If your property is several miles off the main highway the last thing you want to do is to start clearing a roadway that leads right up to your property. Putting in a level gravel roadway only tells people one thing; there is a home at the end of the gravel driveway.
The roadway itself should be a deterrent and not look inviting. It will of course, get plenty of use by you, but it should look like a path that hunters or even hikers would take, it should not look like a well maintained road. Make people think twice about pulling off the highway for some sightseeing or snooping.
Consider a locked gate well off the main roadway so no one can see it passing by on the highway. If someone happens to drive up the road and encounters a gate they may not go any further. A gate of course would not stop anyone on foot, but it is impossible to lock down any structure or to make any area totally secure unless you have the personnel, time, and finances to do so. Locked gates do make people curious as to what may be on the other side, so weigh the benefits against the downside.
All you can do is to reduce your risk by not standing out, and by not telling everyone you are building an off grid home to survive the apocalypse, for example. Some people when they hear Prepper they think that firearms, hoards of food and other survival gear is being warehoused.
Game cameras can be used but they can only record the event while you are gone. If theft and vandalism is an ongoing problem cameras and video surveillance may identify the ones responsible however.
Surveillance cameras whether working or not can act as a deterrent, because the theory is that the intruder would not know the cameras are not recording their every move.
On the other hand if someone has done their homework and knows you are not at home monitoring the system they may feel emboldened to break in anyway. They may know that you do not have landline service or that cell service is sketchy at best, so they may assume the alarms are not monitored by a service provider.
Any structure you build no matter where it is can be broken into. You can only reduce your footprint and blend into the area. There are advantages to extreme remote locations, but it would be difficult to build hundreds of miles from civilization simply to prevent people from finding your property. Twenty miles, 40 miles and even 50 miles from town is not all that remote considering you can get on the highway and cover 50 miles rather quickly in a motor vehicle.
Use a post office box for your mail and do not order items that have to be delivered. Do not make large purchases locally, and buy your firearms and ammunition in another town if possible.