Living in the boonies is great ( or, for some of us silly enough to live too close to town, kinda-boonies where neighbors cluster around the power poles like the verminous swine they are crowding in close to the Solar Panel Set such as yours truly ). That used to mean security but now with the CIA and the banksters depending on drug money for survival ( off books funding and fractional reserve banking requirements, respectively ) are a lot more influential and can introduce cheaper forms of manufactured drugs and profit off of it ( probably to the point of deliberately ramping up unemployment to add to its practitioners ), there is no security anywhere in this once great nation as far as property goes. People, normal working people, might still respect property, but the crack culture is far too invasive and widespread and you have too many users in every single community everywhere, and they lust after five dollar bills like I lust after books. And you can pawn or sell or barter anything for a mere five bucks ( okay, I might be off. I have no idea what a rock of crack is going for. But let’s just call it a Lincoln because that vile prick should be associated with this epidemic. Don’t get me started! ).
Which means anything and everything is going to be stolen. You simple can’t leave your boony homestead unattended. Oh, sure, it might be hit or miss on a short time scale but on the longer one everyone will get hit. You must worry about vandalism and theft not just for a full time unoccupied retreat but also your “gone for eight hours to go to work” boonies shanty. You can bury a lot, both to safeguard everything from the feds and the fed financed thieving ( seriously. Without either unemployment or disability checks or crack sales, a heck of a lot of areas in this country would be in open rebellion from lack of funds ), but that won’t stop the $5 thieves, only keep the really valuable stuff out of harms way. When your $150 window is busted and your $30 DVD stolen, along with a $20 kitchen knife block, it is small potatoes for the thieves but a major deal to you. If the neighbors aren’t too far away, bribe them. Come right out and express your concerns, ask for a watching set of eyes, and offer them goods or services to compensate. Or, you provide free shelter to someone you trust to live out back in a trailer or mother in law mini-house. It costs more than that aforementioned $200, but who is to say it will be that limited, or the idiots won’t strike again?
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Time fer ya to come clean and write yer Lincoln views. You have been threaten for years.ReplyDelete
I have a book Lincoln Uber Alles- meaning to read. Lincoln as first dictator. I've read a LOT more on FDR- so I don't pick on the tall prick as much.Delete
For years I've been leaving my house a good part of the winter. Some winters there are house sitters. Last winter I didn't have any and there were no problems with the house. Maybe it was the guys down the road keeping half an eye on the place. Maybe it was the unplowed driveway and 8 foot snowbanks.ReplyDelete
I don't leave behind anything that can't be replaced.
I wonder if a cadaver skull on a stick is legal? Disturbing the peace? Unsanitary?Delete
Huh . . . maybe that was a factor too. We hardly pay any attention to that old bug eaten thing anymore.Delete
US Army: Field Fortifications Manual 1968 & Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen's Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat are fun books you can get at Amazon.
The art of making gabions/fortification earth baskets is described in the Free Citizen guide.
Both books together is around $16.
Since you mentioned you were running out of ideas for your daily column, why not pen another chapter or three of Loco Gringos? I'd venture that many (most?) of your loyal minions would appreciate it. Thanks! (P.S. - Nice hair.)ReplyDelete
I did think on that. But it wouldn't be one full chapter each time but rather 500 words instead of 3k. Would that work for y'all?Delete
We will accept anything Bubba !Delete
Can't leave the boys hangin ya know.
We might forget the....plot ? lol
Okay, that got me grinning! I see your point :)Delete
Heavy duty construction (at least the exterior), shutters, and 2 types of alarms (ones that send an alarm to you or other trusted person, and the others that sets off a pepper spray fogger or loud siren). But a big loud dog also works well, best of all is Lord Jims brilliant suggestion of the obvious- Human eyes on site. And as the collapse accelerates and the rule of law breaks down those eyes backed up by fire arms, and defensive structures. What ever you can do to see the unwanted visitors coming before they see you, to look mostly valueless if you are seen at all, and to look just dangerous enough to be not worth fighting.ReplyDelete
Hopefully it as easy to impliment for everyone as it was to write about- as in, you actually know someone you trust.Delete
Dogs warn that someone is near, yet they also betray your presence.Delete
Catch 22 critters, plus they are high protien maintenance critters.
I'm not sold on ass-lickers myself. Unless you have plenty of extra livestock and don't need the innards for sausage. Protein surplus allows dogs as a luxury.Delete
I've mentioned before that this was the real value of having the wife around (and not working). In your case, cheap security. This assumes of course that she is more or less on your side. If she starts selling your stuff, well, all bets are off.ReplyDelete
I trust her. Unlike most ex's. As the collapse gets closer I value her contribution more and more. Plus, she gets cheaper to bribe each year as her exspenses go down.Delete
A few ideas? A metal storage container with smaller windows, or bars on the windows, followed by “This facility is protected by” (Insert security firm of your choice stickers). I remember that Radio Shack at one time sold the stickers that contained a flashing LED, indicating (falsely) an active alarm on the premises.ReplyDelete
A stern warning sign, such as the one in the link below:
Though I'm not sure of the legality of such a message in todays political climate? Perhaps something a bit tamer, but none the less deadly, along the lines of:
“Warning, this facility contains toxic chemicals that are know to cause severe health problems and/or death”.
Or: “Warning, this lot is under surveillance”. And make good on it. The trail cams are becoming more affordable, and while they may not stop a crime in the first place, the above may be just enough of a deterrent for the nervous criminal, or provide enough evidence leading to the capture of the bolder of their ilk?
I suppose that the underground cache is the best way to go, though a bit of work is required. Keep the bare minimum above ground, and a small amount of goods that are not as well hidden for easy access.
I seem to recall Rawles posts on metal storage units being busted into even with the best locksDelete