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How to prepare for rising crime as the economy crashes


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How to prepare for rising crime as the economy crashes

If one thing is a certainty during times of economic instability and inflation, it's that crime rates will explode higher. It's not only a matter of desperation, though. Yes, some people will commit theft because they feel like they have no other options, but psychopathic people will also come out of the woodwork during times of distress because they feel like they can now get away with the things they always wanted to do. An economic crisis is a time when evil people come out to play.

These moments in history can bring out the worst in people, but also the best. Some people rise to the challenge and set the standard; this is what you must do. But, in order to achieve that goal, you're going to have to secure your home and prep as much as possible first.

The frustrating thing about economic decline on a national or global scale is that there are stages; each stage has levels of danger and levels of realistic response. If the system is still somewhat intact, it may not be practical to run around all day in tactical gear ready to shoot at the first sign of a threat. This might send the wrong message to others and make you look like a threat yourself.

Crime at this stage tends to be high, but not in the form of mass looting and riots. Rather, it is more insidious and subtle. Break-ins may increase exponentially in your area. Many of these will occur while people are out of the home. Armed robbery and muggings will also be on the rise but will primarily be aimed at easy targets. People who look like they won't fight back.

There will be consistent theft within businesses among employees. Embezzlement and inventory grabs will be common. Drug and alcohol abuse will be epidemic as people seek to self-medicate against the stresses of survival in an uncertain world.

It sounds grim, I know. I am merely pointing out that these developments are historically common when money and credit start to run out for a population. Another issue that makes things worse is when that population was recently affluent. People who have lived most of their lives under first-world conditions tend to be completely incapable of adapting to Third World conditions. They have zero useful skill sets or preparedness knowledge. They also tend to cling to memories of how life used to be, rather than accepting how life is and acclimating.

Understand that most of the things we might consider "valuable" today will be mostly worthless tomorrow. Cars, boats, condos, city-based real estate, etc. will be less sought after as the collapse progresses. These are not things most people will be in the market for. Necessities like food, gas, propane, energy-producing technology, commodities from precious metals to coal, aluminum and lumber, and suburban and rural housing. All of these items will become highly valuable. Later on, as things get worse, self-defense items and ammunition will be the hot commodities.

hat Jet Ski or Escalade in your driveway might not be much of a target for thieves, but your construction supplies and backup gas might be. We have to start thinking in terms of what will be truly valuable tomorrow if we are to prepare to secure our wealth. During the run-up to a societal breakdown, there are basic security measures you can apply for very little money right now. During a loss of rule of law, we have to take more drastic measures. Let's look at the former scenario first...

National System Still Functioning While Crime Rises

In this scenario, there is still a semblance of law and order. There are still active police and crime units, the grocery stores are still getting some items and the supply chain is still operating, even if it is strained. At this time, the most likely source of theft will be neighbors. Only they will know when you are home and when you are gone, and only they will have an idea of what goods you have.

Many preparedness writers obsess over the idea of "OPSEC," and in some ways this makes sense. It's hard to know who you can trust in your area and if you never talk to anyone then your only option is to distrust everybody. This is a zero-sum game, however. The only way to be truly secure in your neighborhood is to form partnerships with the people around you.

That doesn't mean you need to talk about your preps, only that you need to test the waters and see who is on the same page as you. Most preppers claim no one around them is aware of what is happening, and every time I talk to these people it turns out they never tried to organize in the first place.

A simple neighborhood crime watch is innocuous enough and most of your neighbors should be onboard. A set of short-range radios should be purchased and the people participating should each have one. The cost is small for the advantages this provides. Even if only a few neighbors are part of the watch, knowing there is a watch will deter any other neighbors that might have malicious plans.

Beyond local organization, basic security measures should be established without draining your bank account. There is no need for chain link fences and barbed wire, and no need for expensive steel doors and concrete barriers in your driveway. The best measures are simple.

First, get heavy Grade 1 deadbolt locks in all your exterior doors. They can be pricier than regular locks, but worth it. Adding new door strike plates with 3-inch screws will improve protection. Next, add metal door stops that flip up and down to the inside of each exterior door. They can be flipped down at night to prevent quick entry by anyone trying to break through. This will easily buy you time to get to your firearm and ward off an intruder.

Second, consider getting a dog if you have a yard and space for it to run. Setting up a regular fence to keep the dog in is great, but it also keeps criminals out, or slows them down. Dogs are the best possible security tools I can think of. If you are able to afford to feed them, they will keep you safe from almost everything. They will hear or smell a threat coming before you have a clue it is near and will alert immediately. Dogs act as a security alarm and a deterrent.

Third, for houses with vulnerable windows, consider getting strong shutters. They should be decorative but also practical so as to avoid standing out. Window bars should only be considered if mass looting is a real possibility in your area. Shutters will add almost the same protection for much less money. They can be opened during the day to let light in the house and then locked up at night to provide protection. If you live in a storm-prone state, they can also double as storm shutters.

Fourth, for garages, the temptation will be for criminals to simply drive into the doors and break through them. On the inside of a garage door, you can place a steel pipe across the supporting frame to tear apart the front end of any car used in this way, making it immobile. You can also place large caltrops or other tire shredding devices inside the garage doors to stop a vehicle from escaping, just don't forget they are there when putting your own car inside. If a thief can't use their car to get away, they will probably run without taking anything.

Fifth, get a surveillance camera system that does not rely on the internet. Make sure it connects to a digital recorder or monitoring station. Have a dedicated space for your security monitor and check on it every once in a while. At least two cameras, one on the front and back of your property should be set up. If you are on a corner lot, use four cameras, because corner lots are targeted more frequently than any other type of property. Just the existence of the cameras will help deter theft or violent attack, and they make it so you don't need to go to a door or window to see what is happening outside.

All of the above options together (except for the dog) will cost less than $1000 to purchase and set up. The dog will have the continued cost of feeding, and the fencing will cost a few hundred dollars depending on the type of materials used.

National Systems Break Down, Supply Chain Crippled, Rule Of Law Dissolved

This is the worst-case scenario, but it also frees up a lot more options for security. In this situation, open neighborhood organization for armed defense can be pursued. You can have a roaming patrol on your property or street. You can set up barriers in your driveway to immobilize vehicles before they get to your home and checkpoints on your road. You can set up interior or exterior sandbags to create safe rooms that stop stray bullets and deter looters.

You can use booby traps on hidden paths of approach that looters might use to attack you. You can set up portholes for firing weapons or firing pepper spray against mobs or larger groups. You can use fire, you can use water, you can use hot oil, you can use a lot of things. The sky is the limit. Of course, as noted, the best possible defense in a collapse scenario is organization with neighbors.

This is much easier before a collapse than after, because after the crisis hits people will be far warier and less likely to want to be friends. They will be afraid that you are scouting for targets, and they will be paranoid about you more than the threats they cannot see coming yet.

My guideline is basically this: If someone is not already prepping, or at least taking serious steps to learn about prepping right now, then you can't put any trust in them to stay civil in a post-collapse environment. They are going to get hungry and angry about what is happening, and they might try to take from you. It's not a sure thing, but the chances are higher. The only people that you should be organizing with are other people that are preppers or are in the midst of becoming preppers.

The only way to know where they stand is to talk to them. I suggest the neighborhood watch idea as a way to open a dialogue. Another method is to bring up a local barter market concept and see what people say. If they show some interest then they may be of like mind, if they shrug their shoulders like they don't know what you are talking about, then they might be a problem in the future.

This is not to say that every single person that is not prepped will be useless. An exception to the rule I listed above is when certain people have valuable skill sets such as doctors, nurses, engineers and military veterans and they are just oblivious to the extent of the economic situation. They can still trade those skills and you will still need those people around, so don't be too quick to dismiss someone as an ally because they don't have a food stockpile. Take their skill sets in mind.

In a full collapse situation, there will be a lot of useless people roaming around looking for stability, a handout, or a target. These will be mostly metropolitan residents, office workers, corporate drones, retail employees, and anyone else who has spent most of their lives within an industry or community framework that relies on a first-world system to remain viable. I don't want to sound cold, but I have known numerous people like this and many of them are still in denial about the current economic decline despite the fact that everything they buy today costs almost twice as much as it did a year ago.

These are the folks that will demand someone help them, whether it be the government or the community. They will declare themselves entitled to what other people have; count on it. Worst of all, some of them might even be family. I can't really give advice on what to do in that situation. Other than say the level of arrogance of the individual will determine whether I help them or not. If they lack humility and adopt an attitude of entitlement, I won't be giving them a hand. Some people need to hit rock bottom before they learn.

In a collapse, it's the measured person that survives. Not the hard-hearted cold-as-ice survivalist that refuses to help or work with other people. Not the passive and overly empathetic do-gooder. The people that make it will be somewhere in between those extremes.

In terms of crime in the U.S., it's already exploding in urban areas. In rural areas there is not as much trouble. The only question is when will the decay in major population centers spread out to suburban and rural communities? Because eventually it's going to as long as inflation continues to climb. Get ahead of it now by following the suggestions above and secure your home and neighborhood while there is still some stability to enjoy.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022




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As the Biden administration tries to ban citizens from owning assault weapons, it is giving thousands of guns and millions of rounds of ammunition to ‘deep state’ bureaucrats.

The United States is no longer a constitutional republic. Its presidency has been stolen, its border lies undefended, and its administrative agencies have been weaponized against the people. The August 8 raid on Donald Trump’s home spotlighted the danger of out-of-control law enforcement agencies. But this raid was far from the first time an administrative agency has abused its authority.

Over the past several years, the size, scope and power of America’s federal government have grown at an alarming rate. Even liberal law professors are now warning that the vast majority of the nation’s laws no longer come from the people’s elected representatives in Congress and state governments. Instead, people are governed by laws decreed as “regulations,” imposed by an army of unelected, unaccountable, unreachable bureaucrats.

And the word army is an apt metaphor. There are now 103 executive agencies (outside the United States military) that spend millions of dollars per year stockpiling rifles, pistols, ammunition, tactical gear and other equipment. A December 2020 report from American Transparency noted that from 2006 to 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $11.6 million on weapons and military gear; the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $3.9 million on weapons, drones and LP gas cannons. Even the Railroad Retirement Board purchased $50,000 in weapons.

The Internal Revenue Service’s purchases are stunning: It has stockpiled an estimated 4,500 firearms and 5 million rounds of ammunition, and spent $725,000 on ammunition this year. And it’s not done yet.

Federal officials and representatives, especially those who are radical liberals, routinely decry the destructive power of “military-style assault rifles.” So why do they have so many?

The “deep state” is arming itself to the teeth for a sinister reason.

Deep State’ Arsenal'

The Biden administration is overseeing the most significant expansion of the domestic police state in U.S. history. The deceptively named Inflation Reduction Act does nothing to reduce inflation but earmarks $80 billion for the irs to hire 87,000 new employees, more than doubling its personnel, many of whom will carry weapons. One irs job posting for criminal investigation special agents called for applicants who were willing to “carry a firearm” and “willing to use deadly force.” After a public outcry, this job posting was edited. Yet the government still plans to hire 300 irs special agents with firearm authority.

Democratic lawmakers say these new hires are necessary to prevent tax evasion. Still, many Republicans find the sheer volume of guns and ammo the deep state is stockpiling concerning.

Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox News on June 21, “So here’s the Biden plan: Disarm Americans, open the border, empty the prisons—but rest assured, they’ll still collect your taxes, and they need $725,000 worth of ammunition, apparently, to get the job done.”

Gaetz introduced a bill in Congress on July 7 called the Disarm the IRS Act, which would ban the agency from purchasing guns, ammunition and military equipment. Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act instead. Radical Democrats want federal agencies to have more firepower, not less.

This deep state has a leader and an agenda. This is perhaps most visible in one of its most powerful agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The founders of the United States specifically avoided granting the federal government any policing power. Policing was left to the states and the electorate. Over time, the federal government has accorded to itself more and more policing power. Now over 100 agencies have such powers and authorization to use deadly force against American citizens. This includes not just the Marshals Service, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service, but also the Social Security Administration, the Small Business Administration and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Investigative journalist Adam Andrzejewski, founder of American Transparency, has been reporting on the militarization of U.S. executive agencies since the Obama administration. “Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?” Andrzejewski recently asked Epoch Times. “Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police power belongs primarily to cities and states, not the feds.”

There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the U.S., who are generally, if not completely, appointed by the communities they serve. But federal agents do not trust local law enforcement to enforce their unconstitutional dictates. So it is putting guns in the hands of its 200,000-plus agents to prepare for a future conflict with everyday Americans.

This deep state has a leader and an agenda. This is perhaps most visible in one of its most powerful agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which many recognize as an unconstitutional agency, was caught helping Barack Obama frame Donald Trump for Russian collusion, assisted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has helped install and maintain Joe Biden as president, and is hunting down Trump supporters who protested the theft of the 2020 presidential election.

The Founders’ Intent

The framers of the Constitution were deeply wary of standing armies in peacetime. They could have written an article, section or at least a clause that accorded the federal government a police agency to enforce regulations made by the executive branch and to raid the homes of citizens suspected of opposing the current president’s policies. They deliberately did not. Instead, they limited the power of the government, in particular the power of the federal government. They understood human nature and wanted to reduce threats to individual liberty.

James Madison noted, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and the next place, oblige it to control itself.” This is why the Constitution separates the powers of the federal government into legislative, executive and judicial branches and why it delegates the vast majority of law enforcement over local populations to their local representatives in their state and local governments.

This is why America’s law enforcement system comprises around 18,000 separate state and local entities. When law enforcement responsibilities, including authorization to use deadly force, are divided among 18,000 agencies led by elected local officials, it becomes difficult for anyone to set himself up as a tyrant. If a county sheriff abuses his office, he is directly accountable to his own electorate. The state and the nation as a whole remain unaffected.

The fbi, the irs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and dozens of other federal agencies have a grand total of zero elected representatives. Each officer reports up a chain of command comprised of zero elected officials until it reaches the president of the United States. If a federal officer abuses his office, he is accountable only to his agency superiors.

Outside of a few well-defined crimes, such as counterfeiting, treason and piracy, constitutional law mandates that law enforcement be a function of state and local government. The Constitution does not grant the government any power to establish a national police force, and the 10th Amendment states that powers not expressly granted to the federal government “are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people.”

Local officials are accountable to the people. Many local sheriffs across America have refused to enforce unconstitutional gun grabs, mask mandates or vaccine requirements. The Biden regime is therefore attacking local police departments and the gun rights of American citizens while simultaneously empowering U.S. executive agencies. The man leading the regime, Barack Obama, understands that federal officials ultimately report to the federal executive: the president.

The national police force the founders avoided is now a well-armed reality. “A standing military force, with an overgrown executive,” Madison said, “will not long be safe companions to liberty.”

Hurtling Toward War

Many Americans now realize that they no longer live in a free republic but in an increasingly authoritarian technocracy run by powerful, unelected bureaucrats, civil servants, military leaders and intelligence agents. Many federal bureaucracies now possess the powers of the legislature (regulations), the judiciary (administrative “courts”), and the executive (enforcement by armed agents). So there is little the people can do to stand against deep state tyranny.

A Yahoo News–YouGov poll of 1,672 U.S. adults in July found that 33 percent of Trump voters in conservative states now believe they would be better off if their state seceded from the union and “became an independent country.”



Historians of the future, grilling spatchcocked plovers over their campfires, will need not ponder for even a New York minute who started World War Three in the rockin’ 2020s. They will point straight to the waxy, furtive, larval figure known as “Joe Biden,” by then judged a moral weevil of such epic low degree that he became an embarrassment to all the other sewer-dwelling denizens of the dank DC underworld, including the roaches, the rats, the humble shipworms eating through sunk oaken foundations of buildings long forgotten, the writhing maggots rinsed from a thousand restaurant dumpsters, the slithering hellgrammites, millipedes, silverfish, pillbugs, termites, dung-beetles, woodlice, and, not least, the scaly lawyers spawned out of the infestation beneath K Street called Perkins Coie LLP. Even these would loathe and disdain the thing that came into this world as “Joe Biden.”

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