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How to Create a Safe Room in your Home

As you know, it’s not at all uncommon for break-ins to occur while home owners and their families are present. That’s why we use our blog to share as many home and personal security tips as possible to help you prepare for any situation you might encounter.

Last July we shared a few tips for what you can do in the event that you’re the victim of a home invasion. In that article, we pointed out statistics that stated that nearly 30% of burglaries occurred when at least one home member was present, and subsequently suggested the idea of creating a safe room in your home should you unfortunately fall victim to such a circumstance. What we forgot to mention, however, was that safe rooms should also be considered by those who are victims of stalkers or have just left abusive relationships, as well.

What is a Safe Room?

A safe room is a room specifically fortified to act as a shelter in case of emergency. Just how fortified it is depends on the budget and specific threats those creating it have to look forward to.

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Is a Safe Room Expensive to Set Up?

Again, this depends on your budget and the scenarios you’re facing. The president’s safe room is going to cost a bit more than the average person’s, for example.

One of the most important things to keep in your safe room is a line of communication that would connect you to your local police department in no time. If you can get a peep hole so that you’re sure the people knocking at the door are the authorities they say they are, all the better.

If you’ve got old school security cameras throughout you’re home, it would be a great idea to set up viewing monitors in this room, but if you’ve got smart home security cameras, then you’d need is a smart phone or iPad/tablet to view footage on.

Other great ways to secure your safe room include:

  • re-enforced door frames/walls
  • water
  • food
  • blankets

Where Should I Build my Safe Room?

The majority of safe rooms are located in washroom’s, bedrooms with adjoining washrooms, basements, or large washrooms. The best place for you to set yours up depends on your home’s layout, accessibility, etc.