People often wonder if it’s safer to stay in the countryside or in an urban area during times of emergency. This is a difficult question to answer because it all depends on the nature of the crisis.
If there’s a pandemic and people all over the city are falling ill, you’ll probably be safer being away from all of them and residing in a farm in the countryside. However, if there’s a serious food shortage in the city and law enforcement has collapsed, the farms may become very unsafe since they’ll more than likely have food growing there.
That said, most of the time it’s the urban areas such as cities and suburban areas that are much more dangerous. During any crisis, the higher populated places will become more dangerous because people are unpredictable, and you never can tell who’s going to resort to desperate measures to get what they want.
In this article, we’ll look at a few urban survival strategies to take note of. Being aware of them will prevent you from becoming just another statistic.
Every prepper would do well to make their house as safe as possible. It’s best to hire a professional security consultant to do an audit and give you suggestion on how to boost your home security. Do not try to do it yourself. Most people just don’t have experience in these matters. Criminals can be ingenious in the areas where normal people are completely ignorant.
Ideally, your doors should be strong and reinforced. A CCTV camera at the different entrances, exits, and blind spots will be very useful for seeing who is out there. Motion sensor flood lights that are triggered the moment it senses movement will send many criminals running.
You might want to keep a well-trained guard dog too. And never hide spare keys outside the house.
When disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes strike, people tend to huddle at home. The only times they go out may be to the store, hospital, etc. Because things are quieter outside, criminals may stalk you hoping for an opportunity to strike.
If you notice anyone stalking you, do not speed up. This will alert them, and they may quickly try to grab and overpower you. Instead, walk into a store nearby and ask the staff to call the police.
In the event there are no stores around, reach into your handbag and have your pepper spray or whatever weapon of self-defense ready to use. Try your best not to give away that you’re aware you’re being followed. You want to maintain element of surprise.
Avoid isolated areas as much as you can. Parking lots that are poorly lit or in some basement are perfect locations for criminals to strike. Even a shortcut through a quiet park could be very dangerous if someone is aware of your daily routine.
This is by far one of the best forms of self-protection, but also the most dangerous. If you’re going to use them for self-defense, it’s imperative that you know how to use them well. When storing firearms at home, they must be easily accessible to you, but not to children or anyone without permission to use them. Always keep them unloaded.
If you hear noises in your home in the middle of the night (and a gun is your weapon of choice), always shout at the intruder and tell them to identify themselves. You do not want to fire blindly in the dark; it may not be an intruder, but your spouse or child out of bed to get something. Horrible accidental shootings have occurred because people were panicky and too quick to use their firearm. Get proper training.
Make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and has enough fuel. You never know when you’ll need it to make a quick trip or evacuate. Transport is very important during times of crisis.
At the same time, be aware of your own safety. You can be car-jacked and even kidnapped if you’re not careful. Always have your doors locked and your windows wound up when you’re waiting in your car or stopped at lights.
This rule is especially important for women. Do not entertain strangers who tap on your car window when you’re out late. Be ready to hit the gas and escape the moment you feel unsafe.
Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be safe. Desperate times cause people to do things they would never do otherwise, and there’s no saying what a stranger might do to you if it’s between your survival and yours. So your best course of action is to always be ready and on guard. Remember, it’s not paranoia-it’s survival.