OPSEC

Liberty Quotes and Secret Places

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S. Lewis

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Thomas Paine

“Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.” – Henry Brooks Adams

Here is a link that should get your creative juices flowing: A Long-Term Survival Guide – Hidden Storage and Secret Compartments

Doing the stuff,

Todd

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Food Storage: DO IT NOW – Wait or Die

Source: standeyo.com/

by Holly Deyo

Stan and I augmented our food supplies this week after thinking we were finished. Finito. Put to bed. Done.

Rethink… Famine is on the horizon and seeing the highest food prices in history should zap your sleepy brain cells. This disaster is propelled by these simultaneous factors:

  • most importantly, unprecedented Midwest drought and scalding-hot temperatures
  • crops dying in other world food-producing regions
  • growing global demand for high quality food
  • expanding global population
  • economic collapse in progress and,
  • persistent demand for ethanol-enhanced fuels.

This prep warning is not limited to food. Not by a long shot.

DYING BY SLOW DANCE

Before us is the perfect combination for slow death and civil war. Nothing propels society into chaos like seeing children starve and wanting basic necessities. Furthermore, what faces Americans has never been experienced, not by this generation. Not ever. Not in the Great Depression. Not during the Civil War.

These dramas have always been “over there”, like in Africa or India.

Photo: In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away.

Can you imagine this being your child?

Certainly not in our cushy life, but it is coming, rearing its ugly putrid head. We Americans easily push those countries’ hard times to the back of our minds. Best forgotten. It doesn’t fit with boating, golf, shopping, reality TV, vacations, backyard parties, good times.

How will you feel when this affects your children, your lifestyle?

Over the decades we’ve become fat, lazy, complacent, stupid, arrogant, ignorant. It can’t happen here, we think. WRONG! Lord, help us! It is happening now on our dirt. Can’t you see this? Did you know that the poorest 5% of Americans are richer than nearly 70% of the rest of the world? That is an astonishing statement. No wonder we are blind. Soon ‘need’ will pound on your door. How you answer in your heart of hearts, in your private, most honest moments, depends on your personal courage, your faith in God, and on how you’ve personally prepared. For many, it will be easier to strap on those blinders again and let the chips fall. God help you.

WAKE UP, STAND UP, “GROW A SET”

While Stan and I aren’t in the commodities or precious metals business, one has only to look at timely, pertinent news to set your hair on fire. Feel the burn? This Fox News item (a pretty ‘happy times’ venue) Why We Are on the Brink of the Greatest Depression of All Time, certainly tugged at my smallest hairs and grew mountain-sized goosebumps in unlikely places.

Because of this and other timely articles on drought, disaster and a dying economy, we practice what we preach for preparedness and brought in more food supplies. For those in power thinking to confiscate same, peddle your intentions elsewhere as they are not stored at home, nor will you find them. That’s asking for (Executive Order 12919) formerly 10998 to visit your door and make your life misery.

For those so inclined to buy more food, two of our favorites suppliers, Freeze Dry Guy and Honeyville Grains, are highly recommended. One we’ve been friends with the business owner for over 7 years and he is the real deal. The other is a Mormon company for which we have the highest regard. Both company’s products are stellar, reputable and of the highest quality.

When buying storable foods, stick with stuff you normally eat. People get really wrapped in storing MREs, wheat, beans, etc. and forget about what they LIKE to eat. Consuming a lot of wheat and beans will make people run from you like scalded apes. These foods, if not normally eaten in large quantities will give you gas pains rivaling the best intestinal flu and make you reek like a sewer. Warn those around you not to strike a match. So store only what you like and what “likes” you.

WHERE TO BUY FOOD – TIPS

ALWAYS, always choose foods from reputable, big companies. Your life depends on it. These companies turn their inventory fastest giving you the freshest, longest storable foods because they have the best turnover and the necessary $$ to warehouse inventory in temperature-controlled conditions. Some companies stick their food supplies in blistering hot store rooms, which knocks down food quality in record time. This means MONTHs of shelf live, not decades as advertized, till it’s dead and useless. This stuff you DON’T want. Excessive heat (over 70ºF – 21ºC) is the single biggest factor for ‘dead food’.

Many companies won’t – or can’t – disclose their storage conditions – or may lie about it. Second hand retailers have no idea under what conditions a supplier stores its product. (What, are you personally going to inspect them?) Even worse, some companies repackage junk food from pre-Y2K days. This is fact and we have this information firsthand. Already those foods are at least 15 years old – or older. Eating “cardboard” will not boost your immune system or give you energy to do what must be done in the coming days. That’s why it’s paramount you only purchase from high-volume, reputable companies – not businesses wanting to make a buck at your expense and shoveling old garbage to the unsuspecting consumer. Shame on them for passing useless crap off as new, viable food.

OH, TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE…. YEAH, THAT’D BE NICE

The US dollar will collapse and no, we don’t sell precious metals or endorse any particular company that does. This is an important heads-up for you to invest your $$ wisely. This avenue will be viable for only a short while. Plan to sell precious metals before the hard goods they could buy become so scarce and gold and silver lose their value entirely. Hopefully you’ll have a window into this time table or else have a working crystal ball. Ours is on the fritz.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, metals rose impressively, and just as quickly the next day, were smacked down to an even lower spot price. If people think the stock market is volatile, it’s nothing compared to metals. It’s a juggling game of when to buy, when to sell and when to let go of these metals altogether. Because this scenario is so “iffy”…

We strongly advise that you invest any extra money in hard commodities, things you can eat, wear, use for personal protection, health and barter, or implement for your best survival. Additionally, pay ahead your mortgage and utilities. We recommend that you pre-pay property taxes, but if you have the same situation as in our county, it is not possible. We are skunked by rules and red tape.

Paper $$ is soon toast. Pull your money out of banks and put it into things that will have value when crap hit’s the fan. Precious metals will have LIMITED value. It is scriptural and apparent especially in Ezek. 7:19 to anyone with their eyes open – and not selling it for their livelihood. Things you can readily use and barter without depending on assayers or the Internet will have the most value. In the meantime, get your ducks in line. TPTB are using you for target practice. Act accordingly. Act now.

HEADS UPS

This article has been submitted to a number of sites who repost my submissions. Don’t be surprised if you only read it here on Stan.Deyo.com. Many of these sites have advertisers/sponsors who will not be pleased with these hard truths. Be we here on Stan.Deyo.com, have your best interests at heart – just keeping it real.

Act while we are still relatively free; act while you can.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Holly Drennan Deyo is the author of three books: bestseller Dare To Prepare (4th ed.), Prudent Places USA (3rd ed.) and Garden Gold (2nd ed.) Please visit she and her husband’s website: standeyo.com and their FREE Preparedness site: DareToPrepare.com.


© Holly Deyo, 2012, http://standeyo.com/NEWS/12_Food_Water/120826.buy.it.now.don’t.wait.html

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7 Crazy Reasons Why Most Americans Think Prepping Is A Stupid Idea

I have a fear of ventilation. Not the kind in my home HVAC unit. The kind from lead passing through my body. I had a friend who was ventilated by some grudge-holding thug. Apparently, this idiot wanted to get even for a business deal that went south. So he chased my friend through the bays of his car wash shooting at him. Luckily, he was only armed with a .22 revolver. Fortunately, only his love handles got ventilated. After recovering, my buddy began making a plan to never get caught unable to defend himself.

 

Tabacco Smoke Enema

This may be painful for some. It won’t be as painful as the tobacco smoke enema shown above.

Why do so many Americans refuse to prepare for worst case situations? Or better yet, why do they not even prep for potential everyday emergencies? You’ve seen them pass you on their donut tire at 67 miles an hour heading to the 7-11 to get their winning lotto ticket. I’m sure with all their winnings they’ll be able to prepare for TEOTWAWKI.

Being prepared doesn’t take huge financial windfalls. So why do so many people think it’s a stupid idea to be prepared? Here’s my list.

A) Peer Pressure. Remember school days? Who wants to be standing outside looking in on the popular group? We all want to feel important and part of a group. We’re social animals. The group we associate with can determine our future.

My daddy always told me, “If you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.” If you hang out with prepared individuals, you’re likely to become more prepared. [Warning: Avoid pretend preppers, mall ninjas, and opportunists. Only discuss preparedness with trusted friends]. As prepping goes more mainstream, many in the media portray preppers as crazy, racist, isolationist, anti-everything survivalist. None of us want that label. Practice OPSEC (Operational Security). There’s always a few fringe types in any group that make media salivary glands wet. The new growth to the prepper movement is fueled by “normal” people like soccer moms, taxpaying business owners, and law-abiding folk. I have no research on this last statement – just what I see on social media and other outlets.

B) Government Schools. My day job is to teach at a local school government indoctrination center. I started blogging about government schooling at my other blog The Education Vigilante back in December 2011. There you’ll find a school teacher’s case against public ‘education.’ I’ve made it my job to destroy government teachology, one mind at a time. My advice to any preparedness minded parent of school aged children: AVOID GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS NO MATTER THE COST! Government schools manage ignorance for profit. If you’d like, you can read more here and here. Government schooling fools only those who want to be fooled.

Preparedness and survival requires self-reliance and the ability to think for yourself. The State forces kids to spend their most formative 12 years (16+ including college) learning how not to learn, but conform. Finding learning in government schools is as hard as finding a corner in a round room. A quarter of their lives circle the toilet bowl taking the path of least resistance to the collective’s sewage plant to be recycled and made “safe” and useful tax-payers.

Parent choices greatly increase or decrease their kid’s survivability. So what’s the solution for educating prepared individuals? Homeschooling may seem impossible. Both parents have to work to keep the family feed, clothed and sheltered. It comes down to our priorities. What “important” stuff can we kick to the curb to rescue our kids from government gulags and offer them a real education? I can’t answer that for you. Humans are individuals with unique situations. One size does not fit all. Homeschool, unschool, anything but government school.

C) Dependence. We’ve abandoned our roots. Due to reason # (B), our history is intentionally distorted. I often ask kids to tell me about historical figures and events like Abraham Lincoln, the War of Northern Aggression, or more recently – the Federal Reserve. As to Lincoln and the unCivil War, kids today are taught that Lincoln invaded the south to free the slaves. While I abhor the concept of someone owning another person, I know that Lincoln didn’t care about slaves being freed. Follow the money.

When my ancestors stepped off a boat in 1735, there was no free lunch or welcome basket full of government goodies. dependence on their own ability, family, and immediate like-minded friends started my family journey in America. Their self-reliant skills didn’t insulate them from set-backs and calamities. The find-a-way-to-get-the-job-done attitude is what helped me and my family survive to this point. Thankfully, I’m part of the remnant of self-reliance left in our country. When their Katrina-style disasters hit, communities rebuilt without the help of FEMA. This spirit of pioneering one’s own life has been traded for dependence. Even after natural and man-made disasters, I’m amazed at the false hope Americans place in our government’s ability to sweep in for the rescue. It’s a stupid idea most Americans hold.

D) MBM (Morally Bankrupt Morons). “All I need is guns and ammo to survive. When the SHTF, I’ll just take what I need.” I’ve read this statement, or similar sentiments on many preparedness/survival forums. Do they think that the very people they plan to plunder are not able and ready to defend their personal property?

I saw an episode of Doomsday Preppers where one in their group stated that they don’t buy weapons and ammo. Their plan, when the armed  horde of hungry looters show up, is to show them all their food and offer more if they leave them unharmed. Maybe some MBM’s will live to loot another day. I wouldn’t place my hopes of survival in this strategy. It only speeds up natural selection via ventilation.

E) Nationalism. Arrogance leads to a fall. It could never happen here. This is America! We’re the envy of the world. I’m convinced that this is the thinking of the mentally ill – or the historically illiterate. I hear the disdain coming from ‘educated’ folk all the time. I think they suffer from altitude sickness in their ivory towers. Totalitarianism happens one step at a time. As long as we are allowed to wake up in our homes, drink our coffee, go to work, watch our TV programs, rinse and repeat, tyranny becomes routine. Vigilance dies. It’s frog-boiling 101. Gradually heat the pot of water and the frogs don’t jump out.

I love my country. I love my freedom more. Humility and honesty seem to be lost traits. I hope that there are enough people waking up to help rebuild our crumbling republic. Sheep never think the wolf will visit.

F) Mental Enslavement. With enough time, falling water can cut through rock. Is what we call ‘freedom’ really freedom? Many in the patriot movement call themselves “freedom lovers” yet accept tyranny as normal. We’ve all heard the battle cry of patriot-lite types. You’ll have to pry my guns from my cold dead fingers! No worries. The State will gladly oblige. Yet, the water fall of tyranny continues to eroded our liberties. It’s like watching a catastrophic train wreck in slow motion.

“Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom.” – William Pitt

We have as much freedom and liberty as the State, our rulers, give us permission to enjoy. To realize and enjoy our natural rights, we must free our minds. Stop listening to talking heads. Free you mind. And I don’t mean just the liberal main stream media. I use to listen to conservative talk radio religiously. I can’t stomach the party line talk anymore. Some pundits distinguish themselves as conservative, not republican. Liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican. They are just different sides of the same liberty-destroying coin. Flip the coin to choose your master.

Ancient Chinese proverb: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.”

Here are few links to get you started on the path of freedom:

Starving the Monkeys

LewRockwell.com

Strike The Root

Whiskey & Gunpowder

Top Libertarian Websites

G) Stifled Self-government. Critical thinking is dead (See # F). Passivity is encouraged, even demanded. Habits form us. We prefer  our guardians of darkness. It hides our secret need for fake security. We are addicted to our velvet chains. The principles of non-aggression and self-ownership have been systematically eradicated. Most Americans favor State coercion over individualism and self-reliance skills. Voluntary relationships between free individuals is no longer viewed as common sense. Our State monopoly on schooling crusades for government dependence and even sites individualism as a mental disorder. Rejecting government dogma invites the use of ‘legal’ force, or the threat of force, to reform rebellious subjects of the State. We have to get over ourselves and our dependency on government ‘safety’ nets. That is, if we want to be self-reliant. Breaking the addiction sometimes comes step-by-step. Sometimes it’s cold turkey that works. We’re all different. Do what works for you. Don’t wait. Take one step towards preparedness each day. What physical, mental, spiritual, emotional prep steps did you make today?

So much is riding on you fellow preppers. Free you minds!

 

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Security in the Suburbs

Building your tribe and community is important to surviving tough times. Tess Pennington gives good advice below.

Security in the Suburbs

Tess Pennington
Ready Nutrition
May 2012

If you live in suburbia, security starts from the inside out.  Your home should be a fortress, although not so blatantly that it catches the attention of casual passers-by, making them wonder, “What’s in there?”  Some simple updates can harden your domicile against intruders.

  1. Doors should be sturdy and steel core.  The frame around the door is equally important.  Even the strongest door will not hold up to a determined intruder if it is seated in a flimsy frame.  Look for a sturdy steel door-jam. Always use at least 3 inch screws to anchor the components of your door and its frame.
  2. Install hardware for a door bar.  Envision the bars reinforcing doors in medieval castles or on barns.  By installing brackets into studs on either side of doors to the exterior of the house, you can have a bar that goes across the door from side to side.  The bar can be a very heavy piece of wood, or it can be iron or another metal. Unless you are in a high crime neighbourhood, this barricade would not be necessary under normal situations.  However, during a SHTF scenario, it will make your doors virtually impenetrable without the aid of a battering ram with a team of burly men behind it.
  3. Secure your windows.  Particular attention should be paid to windows on the ground floor.  Install a sturdy piece of wood cut to fit so that the window cannot be raised from the outside.  Consider coating windows with a shatterproof film.  Keep valuables out of sight from the windows.  If your door has a window in it, or if it has sidelights, a piece of decorative metal grid work can easily be screwed in over the window, making it impossible for an intruder to break the window and reach through to unlock the door.

Once you’ve made the house itself more difficult to penetrate, concentrate on making it less appealing to criminals.  They do not want to draw attention to themselves and will pass by homes that look more difficult to access.

  1. Install motion lights around the perimeter of your home.  If they are solar-powered they will also work in a SHTF and grid-down scenario.
  2. Practice defensive landscaping.  Use thorn-bearing plants around your home to make ground floor windows less vulnerable to access.
  3. Install cameras.  Even fake cameras give criminals the feeling they are “being watched” – just make sure they are the kind with a light on them.
  4. Beware of dog.  People who don’t have a furry friend can still make use of this tactic by posting signs on their property.  Criminals are looking for easy targets – fending off a growling canine can be dangerous for them and also draws attention to them.  Often, they will choose a different home to rob based on this factor alone.
  5. Fence your yard.  Enclosing your entire property with a fence is a deterrent.  Doorbells and cameras can be installed at the gate, giving you a safer distance from those who come to your home.  This added layer of distance can make a home invasion-style attack far more difficult to perpetrate.  If the top of the fence is “decoratively” spiked, it serves to make it difficult for someone to jump or climb the fence.

Don’t forget the importance of community in a SHTF or disaster scenario. To survive a shtf-situation, it will take a group effort. The neighborly way can extend itself far more than just helping a neighbor out in the yard. A group of people banded together with the same goal can defend far more effectively than each family for themselves. .

  1. Get to know your neighbors.  If you don’t already know your neighbors well, take the time to be more outgoing.  Say hello when you see them outside, compliment their landscaping and do little things to be helpful.
  2. Have a party.  Another good way to pull the community together is through social interaction.  Organize a block party or host a barbecue as a way to help people become better acquainted.  Getting to know your neighbors better is not only a good way to make allies, it’s a good way to subtly identify those who might be a problem in an emergency situation.
  3. Organize a neighborhood watch.  If you and your neighbors are already accustomed to looking out for one another, it won’t require as much additional organization if disaster strikes.
  4. Make a plan.  If some of your neighbors are like-minded, you might be able to do some advance planning, like choosing the most defensible property as a place to send the children, creating defense strategies for your cul-de-sac or figuring out the best way to patrol your immediate area.
  5. Don’t forget the importance of OPSEC.  No matter how much you like your neighbors, never put all your cards on the table.  Be sure to keep some things private, like your food stores, back-up weapons, caches and ammo stores.  If desperate people have to one day make decisions between their families or their neighbors, you can be certain that family will win every time.  They cannot take what they do not know about.

It is possible to survive in suburbia.  We can’t all afford to retreat to the woods or a bunker.  Take steps now to prepare and make the best of your personal situation.

 

Author: Tess Pennington
Web Site: http://www.ReadyNutrition.com/

Date: May 27th, 2012

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Are You Low Hanging Fruit?

Home invasions will continue to rise as our economy sinks. Here’s a real-life nightmare and some great advise by Matt in Texas over at Survival Blog on how to avoid being the low hanging fruit.

Source: SurvivalBlog

Date: May 22, 2012

Letter Re: Home Invasion Defensive Planning

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James:
About a year ago I remember reading a personal account in SurvivalBlog about a home invasion/robbery in Florida that went terribly wrong. I remember thinking it was almost surreal in the way it unfolded and thought things like that only happened in third world countries. It was an eye opening experience and something that made me rethink the way I handled myself in a place I considered to be secure by default. A few months ago my eyes were opened again when someone in one of my coworker’s neighborhood went through a similar experience. I am not trying to kid myself into believing I live in some illusion of safety. I live within 60 miles of the Texas/Mexico boarder. And because of this, home invasions have become highly sophisticated in my area. Gangs, for lack of a better word, who were loosely affiliated with cartels would use home invasions as a tool to hijack drug shipments from rivals at safe-houses and as a profitable way to kidnap “undocumented migrant workers” (illegal aliens) from smugglers. The thought was that most of these occurrences were contained to people who were doing something illegal and that civilians were immune. Most of these people would never go to the police because they themselves were breaking the law. In recent months this has changed. Apparently, with the war on drugs in Mexico reaching new levels of violence and the upcoming summer elections, these enterprising individuals have decided to expand their range of victims.

One afternoon, in a quiet neighborhood in Brownsville, Texas, four armed men pulled up to a house while most people were at work. The put on ski masks and rang the doorbell making sure to obstruct the security eyepiece enough to obfuscate their intent. A maid opened the door and the four men burst into the house. They quickly took control over the situation by restraining her and searching the house. After searching the house and collecting any valuables, (including a handgun in the nightstand) the offenders waited for the homeowner to return home. At some point, homeowner called the house to tell the maid that he would be arriving soon with groceries. The maid, while being held at gunpoint, was forced to make the homeowner feel like nothing was wrong. Once the homeowner arrived with his wife and child, they were immediately overpowered and captured upon entering the house. The offenders forced the man at gunpoint to go from room to room opening two floor safes and one gun safe while they plundered jewelry, cash and firearms. After they had gathered all the valuables, the offenders determined that they wanted more. So, at this point, three of the men held the homeowner’s family hostage while one of the men drove the homeowner to three different banks where he made large cash withdraws. The homeowner was constantly reminded that if he tried to alert a teller or signal for help that the men at the house would murder his family. They returned home with the money, tied the family to furniture in the living room, and left with the warning that if they called the law enforcement they would be back. They had explained that they had the house and the family under surveillance for weeks leading up to this event. An entire week went by before the family alerted law enforcement out of fear for their lives and now the story is slowly being made public knowledge as police search for tips and clues into the crime.

Nothing is going to fix what happened, but you can draw some lessons from it.

Lesson 1. Availability of Information

There are several things that I would like to discuss and address as possible lessons that can be taken away from this entire experience. In my occupation, I have to address many different aspects in the implantation of social engineering as a tool to both bypass and overcome security measures. The most valuable single resource that anyone has is information. What strikes me as very alarming is the amount of information that was available to the offenders in this case. They knew when to strike. They knew that there would be a valuable payload inside of the house. They knew what banks he had accounts at, when he got home, what routes he drove and how many people were in the house. They knew the names of his wife and children. They knew when the maid was going to be the only person in the house. They knew the location of the alarm pad. They even knew where the security camera DVR was located so they could collect it when they were done (we will discuss this later). The first lesson should be protecting as much of this information as possible. The amount of resources available to any member of society at their open personal disposal is just frightening. Without knowing anything about you, I could pull your property tax information from the county tax office based on your address and work backwards through a web site like Spokeo or Maltego to determine how much you make, how many people reside in your house, where you work and what you drive. Most of this can be determined just by grabbing the mail out of your mailbox one afternoon before you are even home from work.

What’s the point of this? Don’t make it easy for them. Use opt-out services to protect personal information. Buy a security-mailbox. Better yet: get a P.O. Box! Don’t disclose all your personal information on a raffle entry that Dr. Pepper and Coca Cola emailed you last week for a chance to win a free jet ski! Information security is something that takes very little effort but can make a huge difference. I am not a counter-terrorism or counter-surveillance export, but I point out a few things that make a huge difference in those who would intend to do harm to you past protecting your credit. James Wesley Rawles is always warning about OPSEC but just because you don’t disclose your phone number to the girl at the local Pizza Hut doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing 10 times as much damage by filling out a registration form online with your biographical information.

GPS scrubbing your pictures is another thing that is rarely mentioned. Many people post pictures directly to the internet (example Facebook) from their smartphones without first converting the image or at least running it through a program to remove tagged information. One of the most common law enforcement forensic practices is to lift GPS location data from pictures to give information on suspects. Criminals aren’t stupid. They are doing the same thing. While you think it might be fun to take a picture of your fully loaded gun safe and upload it to your favorite apocalyptic survival blog, please understand that there is personal information encoded in that picture from your smart phone. Might be something you might want to address.

Lesson 2. Availability of Access

I believe Mr. Rawles and others have discussed fortifying your house with large planters, thorny bushes and even cleverly concealed cement embankments. My question is why not take this one step further when it comes to your main point of entry? I am not suggesting driving 4 foot railroad ties into your front yard hidden under lawn gnomes like tank traps, but why not install a front door entry gate? A front entry gate is probably the single best investment you can make from the perspective of additional space from contact. This will give you an extra degree of separation from any random person who rings your doorbell from a trick-or-treater to a guy looking to hit you in the head with a pipe and score your wallet. You can buy one at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and they cost less to install than a security camera system of connected intercom. This is probably one of the most important home improvements you can consider making if your Homeowners Association allows it. (Yes Mr. Rawles, I can hear you screaming “move!” as I type this)

What I also want to mention here, and I believe has been mentioned before on this site, is being aware of who you let into your house. Over the recent years, I have become increasingly suspicious of the contractors that have come into my house to do repair and construction work. While various web sites exist to do background checks on reputable companies, nothing can give a window into human intent for the individual employee. How do I know the electrician’s apprentice who comes into my house to fix a bad breaker box isn’t looking at my house as his friend’s next possible target. It still boggles me that the robbers in my example knew exactly where the security camera DVR was without searching for it. Be cautious about the individuals you allow access to your house and definitely try to conceal valuables. There is no point your wife’s jewelry collection should be left out on the dresser while the plumber is walking by to get to the master bathroom. At least restrict unsupervised access to areas of your house where a worker should not have access to. I believe this is one of the common “casing” tactics used by the operation in Florida that netted over 12 million dollars in stolen merchandise. Try to at least prevent the common mistakes and make it hard for them to do surveillance work. It might even eliminate you as a target.

Lesson 3. Predictability and Foresight

I believe I have to pay some credence to Kenneth Royce (aka. Boston T. Party) in this respect. I try not to take the same route home from work every day if possible. I try not to set myself up in a situation where I can be easily predicted, stalked, cornered, ambushed and abducted. I was in Mexico City some years back for an extended period of time and this has become standard operating procedure. I could write a whole post about the things you learn in a foreign country, but I am sure others could do it better. I am not overly paranoid and actually try to live my life fairly laid back. Kidnappings and Ransom became a way of life in Mexico. I hate to reference Hollywood, but see the movie Man on Fire and multiply it times 10. Criminal gangs do not go for the high value hard targets with ninja style SWAT team assaults. They are much happier putting in as little work as possible to grab the low hanging fruit. They are more than happy to go after middle managers and engineers (and their families) than they would be to go after plant managers and CEOs. Middle class individuals with a medium net income lack the tools and resources to protect themselves as well as a higher income individual with more to protect. Criminals do not mind, they will not starve. So for 1/10th of the risk, they will just hit 4 middle class families to reap just as much reward. Please do not think you are immune.

Have the foresight to see problems before they occur. The late Colonel Jeff Cooper always talked about levels of alertness — in a Color Code. This is not about being relaxed or being on edge, its about being conscious of your surroundings. The best advice that he gave was to know what something feels out of place and react to it. – Matt in Texas

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