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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
NOTE: Another day, another left wing terrorist attack ignored by the media
Odessa, MI shot an 83-year-old woman who worked for a MI Right to Life Group as
she canvassed his home to encourage folks not to vote for proposed MI law which
would enable abortion on demand; something Gov. Whitless put on the November
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