How to Secure the Unprepared


Usually people are unprepared. This means that during a disaster you will people will become hungry, angry, and eventually desperate – and may become a clear and present danger to you – the prepared – during a time of deep societal downfall.

So given that you cannot save everyone there needs to be an established own security to protect your self and your things. Reality is, that if something happened and you lost control of society you will be forced to take matters in your own hands, and to be safe. There is no one answer that fits all regarding your security against the unprepared. But there are commonalities that will exist.

An example is unprepared hungry people who will be highly motivated to eat. Some will knock on the door and ask. Some will be more persistent than others. Some of them will threaten and some will threaten violence. Some will go straight to violence. The point is that hungry people will do very desperate things to feed themselves. It is the Survival Instinct of a human that is kicking in.

You need to be ready for times like these. The best security is that which deters or avoids the confrontation altogether. There are methods of subtle deterrence and they vary depending on your environment. Never make yourself some kind of target. If you are prepared and supplied , then do not go let everyone know about that. Pick a group you can trust, so you can create a more sustainable security against any threats from others. Outsiders. Being alone won’t help .

You should consider your neighbors and you working together for pooling resources and work duties – including security. This depends on your neighbors and if you can trust them.

Security. You’ve had the foresight to have preemptively prepared for the possibility of systemic breakdown and societal upheaval or collapse. ‘If’ this hypothetical should actually come to pass, you will very likely be faced with a choice (at some point along the timeline). You either give it up, or you make a stand to keep it under your control. If you choose to maintain control of your preps, then deterrence is your first priority.

#1 “There’s nothing to see here.” Don’t make it obvious that you’re supplied. Figure out what that means and implement the associated actions (or non actions) thereof. The objective will be to deter others from approaching your ‘castle’.

#2 Establish an outer perimeter which is under your control. This may be your property boundary or an agreed upon boundary with you and your neighbors, etc. Implement physical obstructions where possible to deter entry. Establish security patrol (a subject unto itself). Handheld 2-way radios will be a tremendous asset which I cannot overemphasize (but be aware of OPSEC in this regard)… The objective will be to deter or ‘screen’ others from entering your grounds.

#3 Security within one’s castle and while out on one’s castle property. One must always (always (always)) be armed in such a condition as we’re hypothesizing here. And remember this: A handgun is only good to get you to your rifle. Ideally you carry both while outside, and if you must put down your rifle, it’s generally within arms reach (all this obviously dependent upon one’s geo-situation, security situation, threat assessment, etc… For me personally, this is my 45 and my AR carbine.

Note: While the visible presence of security will be a giveaway that there’s something to be had there, a time may come when you have no choice. Ideally, this presence will be invisible, but present nonetheless to intervene if necessary.

Note: If you do not yet own a firearm, now may be a good time to explore the possibility.

Note: If you do own a firearm, practice with it.

Note: Have plenty of ammunition. You will go through it while practicing, plus it’s a good prep to have more of than not enough.

There’s so much to be said about this topic, however I hope that I’ve at least inspired you to think about it. It is a very important preparedness category (although none of us hope to need it). Remember, ‘peace through deterrence and strength’. This is the hopeful outcome.
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