Keeping Prepping Secret
OPSEC, or Operational Security, is critical to the military. When it comes to prepping, just like the military, keeping prepping secret from your potential enemies is essential.
With only 1-2% of the population prepping for a serious crisis, the vast majority of people will
be begging for help when disaster strikes. They'll depend on the government and when that doesn't work out they'll be desperate to find someone to help them meet their basic needs. If they find out that you may have what they need, you'll no doubt find them knocking on YOUR door.
Desperate people do desperate things so this could be very dangerous. And if you're forced to turn them away, they might very well come back. But next time they may have guns and/or back up. This is why you need to take the steps necessary for keeping prepping secret from all potential enemies.
Tips to stay under the radar:
- First of all, don't tell anyone about your prepping that you wouldn't want to see at your front door, desperate and afraid, when the SHTF. You should carefully consider who you prep with. If it turns out that you don't work well together they'll still remember you when they need your help. Someone who was once your friend could turn out to be
your worst enemy.
- If you have children you'll have a harder time keeping prepping secret. Of course you want them to be trained and involved in your prepping, but you don't want them telling their friends about it. Consider coming up with a story they can tell people and reward them for keeping prepping secret.
- Fortify your home, but don't make it obvious. Keep your home defenses subtle. They'll never be able to keep you safe if someone is determined to attack you, they're just there to give you enough time to put your defense plan in action.
- Hide your prepping supplies. We all have visitors come to our homes and if your visitors see boxes of supplies stacked out in the open they'll probably figure out what you're up to. So find places to store your supplies out of sight. If you don't have an attic, or a basement, get creative. Think of all the empty space in your house, like empty space in closets or under beds.
- If you order a lot of supplies online, be careful how you receive your shipments. You don't want to raise suspicion by having large or multiple shipments arrive at your home all at once.
This goes for the preps you buy in person too. You don't want to show up with a truckload of food and start unloading it for all your neighbor's to see. If you buy large quantities of preps all at once unload them in the garage or back yard where nobody can see what you're doing.
Once an emergency situation arises, here are more tips for staying under the radar and keeping prepping secret:
- Blend in. Make sure that you and your family look like everyone else. If food shortages are causing everyone around you to lose weight, don't make it obvious that you are all well fed. If the lights are out in your city but you have a generator for electricity to keep the lights or radio or television on in your house keep the sound down and your window coverings closed so others won't realize that you have power. It's better to let other people believe that you are suffering just as much as everyone else.
- Keep a low profile. The less others see you, the less they'll think think about you.
You can't avoid going outside altogether, especially if you have a survival garden to tend to, but try to be as inconspicuous about it as possible and keep out of sight as much as you can.
- This goes against everything we learn as preppers but...register for government assistance. Unless the emergency situation is nationwide, FEMA will show up, as well as other government agencies. So sign up for help along with everyone else so you won't stand out like someone who doesn't need the help. You don't want your neighbors, or the government, to notice or they may show up at your front door wondering what supplies you have.
To keep prepping secret the less people are aware of your plans, the better. If any of your prepping becomes obvious then be prepared with a cover story. So, if you're digging a well you may want to complain about the cost or limits of using city water. If you're growing your own garden you may want talk about how you're trying to avoid GMO's and save money on organic food.
Make sure your cover stories are believable enough to keep other people from wondering what you're up to, which will help keep you off their radar in the event of an emergency situation.
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Posted by Hunter Fields on Jul 01 2017
8 Ways to Secure Your Home
The sad truth is that most homes are not nearly as secure as the homeowners think they are. On top of that, most advice on home security is pretty much useless. It mainly just keeps honest people out. But the people you really want to secure your home against can kick most front doors wide open, even with a deadbolt!
Most of the home security measures the average person takes will not stop an attack by determined, armed intruders. They're only designed to deter those who want to sneak into your home quietly. But if someone doesn't care how much noise they make a security system isn't going to stop them. Think about it, a locked window isn't going to stop someone who is more than ready to break it.
The best place to start to secure your home against attack is at the most common entry points for criminals, the first floor doors and windows.
How to Help Secure Your Home:
Replace Your Door Hinge Screws. Most screws that are used to hold front door hinges are only around 3/4 of an inch long. Just long enough to go into the wooden door frame. That doesn't provide much security. Start by replacing them with 3 inch case hardened screws that are long enough to go all the way into the stud behind the door's frame.
Use Security Door Strikers. Most door frames are made of wood, rather than metal. And your deadbolt is only as strong as the striker plate that holds it. If your door frame was made of metal it would be nearly impossible to kick open. But if it's made of wood and you only have a small metal striker plate mounted to the door frame, the deadbolt will break the door frame itself when kicked because that's the weakest point. By replacing the standard striker plate with a security striker plate, from 12-60 inches long, the force of a kick will be spread over a bigger area which will make it harder to break through the wood door. Again, install the new striker plate with 3 inch case hardened screws.
Install Door Clubs. Door clubs are placed inside at the bottom of the door and connect the door to the floor. Once in place a door club can resist over 2 tons of force, preventing intruders from kicking in the door. They do require drilling a hole in the floor and, when in place the door cannot be opened from outside.
Consider Replacing Your Sliding Glass Doors. Sliding glass doors are the hardest doors to secure. And they usually face the back of the house out of view from neighbors or passers by who might notice an intruder. While more up to date sliders are harder to remove from their tracks, all it takes is a determined attacker to break through the glass. The best option is to replace sliding glass doors with well secured entry doors.
Install Window Security Bars. Just like glass doors a determined intruder can simply break your windows to get into your house. One solution for this would be to install window security bars. These bars are attached the the house itself and
prevent entry into the home through the windows..
Use Window Security Film. Window security bars do tend to be unsightly so another solution to consider is security film. You'll probably need a professional to install the film but it will cover the inside of your windows making them much harder to break.
Secure Your Garage Door. Automatic garage doors are pretty easy to break into, especially if they're made of aluminum. The locks can be easy to break which allows the locking bars to be lifted by hand. But putting a simple bike lock through a hole in the tracks, directly above one of the wheels, you can prevent the door from being opened even without the lock.
Plant Thorny Hedges. Most of us can't surround our property with a moat or a 10 foot wall but a nice thick hedge of thorny bushes can be an attractive barrier as well as a painful deterrent. In the effort to avoid injury intruders would be forced though an opening in the hedge or to climb over a gate where you could more easily confront them.
In a survival situation you need to shift your focus from keeping burglars out of your house to taking the steps needed to keep a mob of hungry, potentially violent people out. People who are willing to do anything they have to in order to get what they want.
Your goal is to secure your home so that it's hard enough to break into that you'll have the time you need to react. Even one extra minute could be enough for you to gain access to your firearms so you can repel an attack.
Posted by Hunter Fields on Aug 24 2016