Begin with a fence. “You want concentric levels of security,” starting with a physical barrier along the edge of your property. If you’re unable to build a fence or wall, plant “shrubberies that are difficult to penetrate.”
Install ‘Army-grade infrared.’ Recent U.S. wars have had at least one benefit—”huge advances in night-vision technology.” Security systems connected to infrared cameras can now distinguish between an intruder and a harmless raccoon. When the system thinks “intruder!” it sends images to a live operator, who can call the police.
Create a panic room. Within your other bands of protection, you should have one secure room that’s equipped with a phone and a solid lock on its door. “In places like Telluride, Colo.,” police-response time can be maddeningly slow, so “you want a door that resists entry for a good five minutes.”
Source: Town & Country