When I first started this site I decided I wouldn’t do anything political. I still will not advocate any political agenda but everyone has to be aware by now that our country is in a state of political turmoil. At no point in my seventy years have I seen anything approaching the current level of civil unrest, protests that become violent, or general lack of respect for people or the law of the land.
Today’s world is constantly changing, it’s unpredictable, volatile, and seems to be more complicated every day. Know that change is constant and that security is an ongoing process. Risks to your security need to be assessed and measures taken to minimize them.
How does this situation relate to offgrid living? No matter where you live from the most remote part of this country to the largest city this will affect your ability to move about safely and get things done.
People have been accosted and injured while just going about their daily routine because they belong to a different political party, are of a different religion, or a different race, or are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Property crimes and home invasions are on the rise. The Police can’t be everywhere all the time so you need to do what you can to avoid becoming a victim of these crimes.
While this kind of behavior is not entirely unheard of in the history of this country, many of the folks alive today have never had to deal with it and don’t know how to avoid being caught up in an unpleasant situation.
There are some things you can do to take some common sense precautions and limit your risk of being involved in an altercation;
- Situational Awareness; When you are out in public always be aware of people around you. Avoid crowds. When you are in a store or other building be aware of people moving rapidly, especially in groups of 2 or more. When walking in parking lots or sidewalks be aware of people following you, the people in your path, and on either side of your path. Be cautious of anybody that appears to be loitering near your car or near your intended path of travel. Always look around and let people know you are alert. Do not stare down at your phone, however if you sense someone watching you it might be a good idea to put the phone to your ear and talk as in a conversation, or call a friend to let anyone watching know that someone on the other end of that conversation knows where you are and what you are doing. About 90% of robberies and abductions can be avoided in this manner. Most bad guys want an easy victim and if you appear alert and aware of your surroundings they will pass you by in favor of an easier victim.
- If you live in a neighborhood, keep your doors and windows locked. That way nobody can get in without making enough noise to give you warning. Keep your curtains closed so no one can see inside and leave a light on in the living area or the television playing while you sleep so the bad guys will think you are awake. If you have a garage, always keep it closed unless you are in it so people can’t snatch your stuff and run.
- If you live in the country, keep a reliable dog. Even a small dog can make a lot of noise and give you warning if a stranger approaches. If you can’t have a dog, put a bell or other noise making device on your gate (assuming you have a fence) and doors. A fence around the yard will save you many headaches, not just from people but unwanted animals, too. Never leave equipment or tools outside where they can be seen from the road. If you are going to be gone for a while shopping or visiting, do anything you can to make your house look like someone is there. Never leave keys in 4 wheeler s, riding mowers, tractors, or other equipment.
- No matter where you live even if you are remote, you’ll still have the occasional hiker, hunter, fisherman, or others passing by. Most of these folks are honorable and will respect your place but an increasing number are not. Remember; it only takes one to do a lot of damage or make off with your hard earned stuff.
With a little bit of common sense and thought you can minimize your risk of becoming involved in any of this unpleasantness.