Bug Out Security System

by Erich

Here’s a piece of gear that I thought you guys would find interesting.

It’s essentially a portable perimeter security system that can be set up when you are camping or in a bug-out situation.

The way it works is through a broadcasted RF signal. Basically, from the center of where it is placed, it will blanket an area 400 sq. feet with an invisible RF “fence”. Anything that breaches that area will trip a loud 120db siren.

Some of you are probably thinking the same thing that crossed my mind, “won’t every small animal that comes into the camp area trip the alarm?” Well, after doing some more research from the manufacturer, it appears that the signal is broadcasted in line with and above the device. So if you raise it up a couple feet, it will allow small animals such as racoons, skunks and others to come and go underneath whereas anything bigger (bear, deer, human etc) will trip it.

Without having actually tried this product myself, I can’t speak to its effectiveness. However, there are a couple of things with it that could be potential issues, especially in a bug-out scenario:

  • Limited Broadcast Area: The area that the RF signal covers is only around 400 square feet. So if you were to place the device next to your tent for example, it would only have a perimeter that is around 10 feet from any side of the tent (20 x 20 foot total).

    For this application, it seems that it would hardly be an effective early warning device since whatever threat breaches the perimeter would be practically right on top of you.

    One good thing though is the loud 120 decibel siren would definitely startle an intruder (especially an animal), perhaps giving you the needed time to reach for your weapon.

  • Weight: At around 10 lbs this device may not be heavy when carried by itself, but if you were to include it in your bug-out bag — where weight and space come at a premium — it could become too cumbersome.

There are cheaper DIY (I’ll post in a future article how to make these) perimiter security systems you could set up that would have a greater range and thus give you more of a warning. I would definitely recommend making a few of these to pack in your BOBs. Here are a couple example videos from southernprepper1 and modernsurvivalonline:

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Comment by Jarhead 03
2011-09-23 22:53:34

Could work great if say with 6 or more of them spread out on the edges of the perimeter as an early warning device. Any word on how its activated/deactivated to prevent false alarms or setting off and giving your position away?

2011-09-26 07:59:15

These come with a remote (very similar to a remote car lock/unlock remote) that will activate and deactivate it.

Comment by j
2011-09-26 07:52:23

Are these water/weather proof?

2011-09-26 08:00:59

According to the manufacturer, these are weather-resistant but in downpours they should be inside of a weatherproof tote. Since the RF frequency can pass through plastics, they recommend you placing these within something like a small cooler (which also provides camouflage).

Comment by scout48
2011-09-26 14:52:32

Keep in mind that placing these in a container will make them at least somewhat less audible. I used to “play paintball” when I was younger. We liked to re-enact certain scenarios, or at least their setups. We would then let them unfold naturally. You were free to use anything you could find, so long as you weren’t causing pain or injury to the other players. snares and traps were bad, unless you were triggering paint grenades or audible alarms. intentional entanglement or entrapment was discouraged. People sometimes got hurt fighting to free themselves. I found good old fashioned trip wires and laser perimeters to be the most effective. we didn’t have photo eyes to make automated systems, but you could bounce them around and watch the end point to see when people were coming. You would also be amazed how much noise trip wires and tin cans can make. 400 sq foot would not have been much warning had my buddies had their paint markers with them. As for the surprise factor, it would only work once. I say there are a lot more effective things for the price and weight. Your mileage may vary, of course.


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