Why Your Prepper Defense Strategies Could Be Wrong
Today’s article talks about how we as Preppers approach and plan our Prepper defense strategies. And why our current thinking and approach to these strategies could be wrong. Let’s start with some background on what prompted me to start thinking about this and why we came to this conclusion.
Over the past few months, tragedy has struck seemingly more times than can be kept up with. Terror attacks including active shooters seem to be dominating both the news and our thoughts. Our thoughts and hearts stay with the victims of such vile attacks. However, In addition to this, these tragedies naturally cause us to think about what we can do to stay safe? and how we can do more to foresee the unthinkable?
What Prompted Us To Rethink Our Own Prepper Defence Strategies?
Two key things happened that caused us to focus our minds on this important issue:
Back in December 2017, we published a guest post entitled 3 AM. Flashlight In Windows – Banging On Door – Cops Outside. In which Vey talked about an event that happened to him and his family that in his words served as a wake-up call with regards to reviewing and improving his operating Procedures and layers of defense.
Over the festive period whilst taking some downtime from Prepper Bits to catch up on some overdue reading I read a book entitled Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival written by a former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent called Jonathan T. Gilliam.
Whilst this article is not a full book review this book is definitely worth reading and I can say this because I know right of the bat if a book is going to keep my attention and this one did. In brief, the book talks about approaching your surroundings from an attacker’s point of view and planning defense strategies accordingly.
Here is a short excerpt from the book:
” Learn the steps required to build a target package and how to analyze your life and its critical areas, critical times, vulnerabilities, and any avenues of approach, all from the attacker’s point of view with an attack plan that is built up in steps.”
Drawing on his experience as a former Navy Seal and FBI Agent the book talks about the following areas of defense planning.
- Why Threat Levels and Known Threats are different.
- How to assess critical attack areas at home and in the community.
- Attacker’s Avenues of Approach.
- Types of Attacks, and More.
Reading these bullet points you can no doubt see why the book caused me to consider the fact that my own approach to my surroundings and defense strategies could be wrong.
Why Your Prepper Defense Strategies Could Be Wrong Too
Whilst this may not apply to everybody that reads this article and well done if it doesn’t. I learned that I was approaching my prepper defense strategies from the wrong perspective. The perspective of a defender focusing solely on my own preconceived ideas of defending myself, family and home. I soon learned that when it comes down to preparing to protect myself the defensive mindset is not enough. In fact, such complacency could be downright dangerous.
This is because if you only ever think about how you would defend yourself. You are thinking about things from the wrong perspective. For example, we may have security cameras in position confident that this is enough to warn us of an attacker. Failing to recognize that an attacker has most likely done some prior research and already knows that these cameras exist and the direction they are pointing at allowing them to come at us from another direction.
We may feel confident that our dogs will provide an adequate level of defense. But what if a would-be attacker has observed us in the lead up to an attack and taken steps to make sure this won’t be a problem.
These scenarios would apply to both normal everyday life and SHTF scenarios. So unless we start to consider what an attacker would do and get into their mindset. We will not be able to take the defensive measures needed to adequately protect ourselves. We need to adopt the mindset of the attacker and this applies whilst we are at home, work and at events such as sporting events and concerts.
The Right Approach To The Prepper Defense Strategies
The right approach to creating prepper defense strategies is to think about it from both sides using a technique which is referred to in the book above called attack and defend. This technique helps us better flip between the attacker and defender mindset so that we can cover as many bases as possible.
As mentioned earlier most of us only ever think about how we would defend ourselves without considering this from an attackers point of view.
We need to think about our vulnerabilities from an attacker’s point of view asking ourselves and honestly answering questions like:
- Who would attack you?
- Why would they attack?
- Where would they attack?
- When would this attack take place?
- What type of attack would it most likely be?
The majority of planned attacks are made up of a combination of information that has been researched by an attacker far in advance of the attack taking place. This being the case you can be sure that in most cases the attacker already has the answers to the questions above.
The first step in knowing how best to defend yourself and your family is to make a plan. As preppers, we are used to doing this. So the task should not be as daunting as it first sounds. If you do read the book referred to above then it contains step by step instructions on how to do this.
Basically, you need to define each possible type of attack and then break it down into planning stages from the attacker’s point of view. Once you have done this you will be in a position to put into play countermeasures against possible actions an attacker could take.
Basic Planning Stages
You will need to divide your life into sectors such as home, work, school, places of worship and so on.
Once you have done this you will need to consider your critical assets such as family members, property, car, food stocks, water stocks, weapons. Including anything else you consider could come under attack.
Next, consider the critical areas that could be attacked such as the backyard, doors, windows, storage areas and more.
Then decide on what you believe to be the critical times when any of the above could be attacked. For example, if your home is unattended between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. This time period would be considered a critical time when your property is more vulnerable to attack.
Heres an example of a basic list containing some of the above critical elements:
Family, wife, husband
Area of Concern:
Without the parents, the family would suffer and possibly be split up from one another.
Kids, Two young children aged 4 and 6.
Area of Concern:
Very helpless as most young children are and are prone to finding trouble and wandering off. Becoming easy prey for child predators.
Garage containing a large gun safe with pistols, rifles, ammunition and family reserve cash.
Area of Concern: What if garage door was left up by accident.
8 a.m.–4 p.m. (everyone is gone, home is empty – Statistically most likely time for burglary)
9 p.m.–5 a.m. (everyone is asleep – statistically most likely time for robbery and child abduction )
Prepper Defense Strategies Conclusion
Your list will be far more detailed but the above example serves to demonstrate that you should make a list of all of the critical areas in your life. Then consider how an attacker could exploit these holes in your security. You will then be able to take measures to plug these gaps in your security.
The truth is we hold the key to the effective planning of our own prepper defense strategies. Knowing and accepting our weaknesses enables us to see ourselves as a potential attacker would. The more we can learn about ourselves the better our personal defense and security will become. And the less likely a successful attack can be carried out against us.