Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Importance of OPSEC for Preppers - When Friends Become Enemies

Desperate times create desperate people. This is one of the main reasons for maintaining your operational security. Many people are capable of unspeakable acts during a crisis that they wouldn’t even consider doing during normal times. When their individual welfare or the fate of their family is at stake, this is when friends can become enemies.

 We’ve all seen the images of refugees in countries ravaged by war or social unrest. Looting, fights over a bag of rice or flour as it is being distributed by humanitarian relief groups from the back of a truck, the wanton destruction of property and the senseless taking of lives. These are the irrational acts of desperate and scared people. It is human nature at its worst on display for everyone to see. Yet many people still fail to see the very real possibility that these types of events can happen to them. 

The most dangerous person you will ever meet is the one who has nothing to lose. Those persons who aren’t prepared and have relied on others to furnish their needs will ultimately suffer the most in a crisis. They will also become the most dangerous. Many will suffer from the effects of the “entitlement mentality” that has become ingrained in so much of our society. They will feel entitled to what you have because that is a "normal" part of their lifestyle. They will ultimately seek to regain what they have lost or maintain what little they have remaining by any means possible, even if it is at the expense of you or your family. 

This is one of the main reasons that operational security for preppers is so important. If there were more people properly prepared for a crisis and there was less of the “entitlement mentality” in our society, this might not be the case. Quite often the exact opposite is going to be true because so very few persons are properly prepared to handle a crisis without being forced to resort to desperate measures and the odds of the government being able to handle the "overload" is not very likely (Can you say Katrina?). 

Desperate people will be seeking solutions to their problems and you may not want them to see you as that solution.

 Got OPSEC? 

 Staying above the water line! 



vlad said...

Letter Re: A Veteran Policeman's Observations on The Golden Horde
By James Wesley, Rawles on November 30, 2010 6:41 PM
A lot has been written warning us of what will happen when the City Dwellers find their homes are untenable and vacate [en masse as The Golden Horde] for "the country", but I haven't seen anything on what the make-up of these hordes will be. The generic term "city dwellers" encompasses a lot of territory. Who will they be,what kind of shape will they be in, how will they be armed...all of these need to be examined.

One category needs to be examined, I feel, more closely than others. Since I have seen posts on your site lately dealing with the nitty-gritty, unpleasant aspects of prepping, I think this is a needed look into what's out there. I've been a cop over 20 years, my last uniform assignment before moving to Investigator being a two year stretch of Anti-Crime patrols in the Section 8 Housing projects of my city.

more ..............

riverwalker said...

In my own work, I have seen how desperate people can get when deprived of even simple things that don't affect their survival. Many feel you "owe" them something which they haven't earned.

Thanks vlad.


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