Security is always necessary. This is true now as it was true throughout the history of mankind. Until men become angels, there will always be a need for safety. Personal and property security is now especially important (even critical) as a result of the culture’s unraveling. Whenever a society falls into chaos security becomes essential.
Chaos and Uncertainty
With the rise of the Tyrant and the Tyrannical Deep State, coupled with the uncertainty about the future, shortages of food, inflation, higher gas prices, and the loss of employment, people can become unhinged. Fear often causes people to do things that they would not ordinarily do in times of peace and prosperity. This chaotic atmosphere begs for wisdom, creativity, resolve, and tenacity when it comes to security.
Watchfulness is the key to maintaining personal security. One must not be oblivious to his or her surroundings.
Some Tactical Recommendations
- In order to keep your “eyes open” you must not walk around with your eyes on your cell phone, texting or watching the latest Youtube video while walking down the street or entering into a local supermarket. Talking on the phone is also a distraction that can compromise your watchfulness. Ear buds and head phones disable your hearing and are an invitation for trouble.
2. Before you exit your vehicle or return to your vehicle, know your surroundings and take an account of who is in the surrounding area of your car.
3. Park close to the store you are shopping in and try to shop only during the day time. If you must shop at night park under a street light.
4. It might be wise to take a self-defense course. Even if you carry a firearm, if you are a woman you may not be able to use it in time OR it may be taken from you. This is why a basic self-defense course is a good idea since it doesn’t require accessing a weapon; you become the weapon.
5. Do not open carry. Firearms that are openly visible on your person are also an invitation for criminals. In an attack, you will be the first one targeted for removal since you are a threat. If your fire arm is concealed then you have the upper hand and can use the element of surprise to defend yourself or others if the need arises.
There are a variety of home surveillance items on the market today that can monitor your property while you are home and while you are away. Many of these are monitored from your phone while others are not. Those surveillance tools that are accessed from your phone should only view the outside of your home and not the inside since nothing is immune to a hacker. You certainly do not want to see your private life on the internet if your phone is compromised. I would also be wary of devises that may be listening in on your private life.
Other items that you may want to incorporate into your home security system are motion detector spot lights, an alarm system, fences, gates, and no trespassing signs. Big dogs are also a wonderful addition to your arsenal of security. These will deter most intruders. Do not place signs in your yard that say that you have fire arms or that you will shoot people who trespass. Those are treats that may prove difficult to navigate in the event that you may be forced to use deadly force. If that unfortunate event takes place, those kinds of signs will not benefit you in court. It may even be the item that convicts you for premeditating a violent response to an intruder. The element of surprise is best. Never telegraph your intentions.
If you live in a neighborhood, or if you own a store in your local community, you may want to start a neighborhood watch group. This is always a good safeguard since it provides those that might be emboldened to do mischief a moment of pause thinking that they are being watched. I spoke with my friend who is our local commonwealth attorney and he stated that anyone can begin such a group without any official permission from the local authorities. Of course, it is always wise to network with local authorities but it is not mandated.
The National Neighborhood Watch
The NNW is a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association which might be a good place to start if you do not have a relationship with your local sheriff’s department. Even if you do have a good relationship with your local authorities, it may still be a good idea to join the group.
Find it here: https://nnw.org/register-watch
All it takes is putting up some signs and getting others to agree to become part of the watch group. Here is what the NNW advises.
Start A Watch Group in 5 Easy Steps
- Recruit and organize as many neighbors as possible
It is wonderful that you are taking the steps to start a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood. The first step is talking to your fellow neighbors about starting a group.
- Contact your local law enforcement agency and schedule a meeting
The next step is contacting your local law enforcement agency. Invite them to meet with your group at a time and place convenient for your Watch Group. It is essential for your group to work in collaboration with law enforcement because Neighborhood Watch is a cooperative effort.
- Discuss community concerns and develop an action plan
If law enforcement is unavailable to come to the first meeting you might want to have a meeting to discuss the concerns and issues in the neighborhood. Your group should create a plan on how to work towards lessening the impact of the top 3 concerns of neighbors. There are wonderful resources that you can use to guide you. Become a National Neighborhood Watch Member to gain access.
Click here to join today.
- Create a communication plan
It is important to decide what type of communication will work for your watch group – meetings or social media or both. Our publication on Advances in Technology Take Watch Groups to the Next Level will help you to understand what resources are out there.
- Take action: hold meetings and events
Neighborhood Watch Toolkit has a number of wonderful training topics and meeting ideas that can be useful to your group.
What are some of the benefits of starting a Watch Group?
- Partnerships with Law Enforcement and your Neighbors
- Reduction in Crime
- A More Secure and Better Prepared Hometown
- A More United Community
- Improved Communications
Together we can keep our persons, families, homes, and communities safe from those that seek us harm.
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