Another fact is that a well-trained group of assaulters would not have any difficulty breaching the defenses of any homestead. If they have any brains, they'll NOT "pick easier targets than us." If that wisdom was correct, there would be no bank robberies as it's easier to rob the corner store.
You pick targets with the biggest reward and where do you think that is? Bob's apartment or a homestead that has water, power and a year's worth of provisions?? The best reliable defense is secrecy and not in fortifying your homestead. Fortification will attract the element you hope to avoid (I really don't understand how so many Preppers don't get this).
the juice must be worth the squeeze, but there are many factors in this.
my place is the second last house on this road. the back way in isn't plough in winter, it's a hard and LONG hike to come up the back way on foot with snow.
but assuming they hit the BIGGER house they come to first, i'd hear it. i'd also have my MURS set up beyond their place to give me notice.if their place was assaulted, i'd be aggressively flanking the assault.
if they come from the easier direction, there are lots of houses before mine, and when they get to the last two, i'd not only hear them, but my MURS would also alert me from that direction. if they took the house from the back of the lake, they would have a back way to my place, and i'd make sure they never got that far…
assuming there was no one there to defend and they walked in and avoided my electronic eyes . . . there are three ways to get to my place. with fire positions set up in the barn, i'd have high ground and cover and concealment, able to cover the west, south west, east and northwest.
on the south side of my property i want to make a tree fort, free standing covered platform that could be lined with sand bags to give a firing position from the northeast to the southwest direction.
from my balcony i can hit southwest to east. there is a large open area that would be impossible to cross. coming up the lane would be suicide, and coming behind my house is the only safe way (but again only i know this) and can be made harder with fence/throwny plants and other interesting ideas to make you think twice.
so a well organized group of attackers would have only desperation and maybe numbers. they don't know where my electronic ears are ( MURS, chamberlains), they don't know i have night vision, IR lights, IR camera,, trip wires with lights (IR) or sound, and position that can be defended, i have kits for geo sensors that i need to get built, dogs. i have knowledge of the land and the foresight of how i'd have to attack the land, and what would stop me. fences and landscaping can make certain areas harder to access and can also lead people the way you want them, and who knows what might be between where you want to go and the seemingly easy way to get there. and the ability to take the first shot . . . . my goal is to make anyone think long and hard about trying to come closer.
area denial for people or vehicles isn't that hard, a saw, knife, axe, hammer/nails, shovel and barbed wire can do a lot, some dropped trees, foot tangles, holes, all make you think twice . . .
history shows that it takes a larger force to take over an area then it does to defend it. . . .
just some thoughts.