Keeping Your Prep's Below the Radar is your Greatest Survival Tool - Information Security is the Only Real Security You Have
Keeping your prep's low key and under the radar can be your greatest tool in increasing your chances of survival. You could have the best shelter or survival retreat in the world but if everyone knows where it is, it probably won't make a difference in a real emergency situation. If your entire neighborhood see's you carrying in two dozen cases of big boxes labeled "MRE's" or the Home Depot truck shows up at your house and drops off two skids of concrete blocks and a pile of 50 pound bags of concrete mix, it doesn't take much for everyone and I mean everyone to know what your doing does it?Information security is the only real security you have if you think about it. No matter how prepared you are you can't hold off an army for ever. Imagine the "government" taking your supplies or weapons for the greater good. Has a bit of a socialist/communist bent to it doesn't it? Not that something like that could ever happen here, that's like saying America would elect a socialist as a president.
Don't blow this off, believe me people give away a lot of information and don't even think about it when its happening. Consider the guy who likes to shoot, not just handguns but rifles. When I go to the range which is a regular occurrence, I try to load my vehicle by going out my back door instead of walking off my front porch carrying two or three obvious rifle cases. Why would anyone flash to the world, "hey I have guns"? Yet I see it all the time. It's almost like people can't help themselves or something, it must make them feel good. How many people do you know that buy whatever it is and then they tell people they are ready for "X"? I know them and so do you. Telling people about your latest purchase is accomplishing what exactly? Do you talk about your preps and tell people how you are storing up whatever it is your putting away for that special day? Why would you do that? The point I'm trying to make is simple, if people don't know you have it, they won't try to take it (whatever "it" is ) from you. A good example of what I mean just happened to me this past weekend. I went to the range with an employee of a sister company, we started talking and I found out that the owner of both organizations had been buying weapons like FNH Scar's for some time and had more than just one or two. I commented on it and the other employee replied that it shouldn't surprise me because XXXX always has a plan for everything, he probably has a secret room under his house. OK, so now I want to see the room.
Don't kid yourself, if things get bad and people get hungry they will come to where they know there is food, if they have to get through you to get the food they will. If the electrical grid goes down, do you really think you won't stand out with your lights blazing away and your generator humming like a tractor? If resources get scarce and others know you have whatever they are looking for you will become a target, count on it. For those of you who live in more rural areas of the country you are not going to be immune from this. People aren't stupid, they know food grows on farms hence they will make their way to farmland sooner or later. If you live in a nice suburb your not immune either. If society collapses it won't be limited to just urban areas, don't fool yourself. Keeping your preps and other supplies out of plain sight and out of mind of other people is the only practical way for most people to make it through a crisis. If you are part of a committed group, fine. If you are talking only to your family and they are helping, fine again. Now obviously you will need to share information in order to coordinate everyone's efforts. The same could be said for your neighbors, if they are working with you fine, if they are just going along with you that's something else completely. Don't think that your neighbors or your neighbors neighbors won't steal from you because they will when they get hungry or tired or cold.
I am a firm believer in being prepared. I have weapons, ammunition, water, food and other supplies I think myself and my family would need in a melt down. What I don't do is discuss this in detail or for that matter much at all with anyone. Take the scenario I mentioned above, this person lives in an upper class area and no doubt went to much trouble to build a "safe room" in his house, he has weapons and other stores and it was all just compromised by an employee who talks too much. Obviously telling me won't hurt anything but if the employee told me how many other people did he tell? His family which is the next door neighbor of this man is comprised of former teachers who are very anti gun. I have met his family and believe me if something bad happens they are the definition of clue less. How long would it be before they are knocking on this mans door? If something happened in the area would they tell the police or military about their neighbor with all the guns and a secret underground bunker? Would you really want to find out if it was you?
There are a lot of things you can do to improve your overall security like varying the sources you purchase your items from. Unload some of them at night or out of sight. Keep your stores out of plain view so someone looking in the window or walking in your front door can't see a room full of food stores or a gun safe sitting out in the open. Pay cash as much as possible to cut down on the records of your purchases. Have items shipped to alternate addresses such as a job or a family members house. When buying over the web have the items held at Fed Ex or UPS so you can pick them up and they don't end up on your front porch for hours in the middle of the day in boxes marked "Be Prepared.Com". If you buy rifles don't toss the boxes out in the trash, bag them first so people don't see those nice white rifle boxes that say "Ruger" all over them. Just as a side note, these boxes most times have the serial number of the gun you purchased taped to the outside so they are easy to read. Just saying.
As I started out saying, keeping your preps below the radar is your only and really the best security you can have in an emergency. Lets hope you don't live through one to see if I'm right.