Looter Defense In A Disaster: Home Defense Screw-ups Citizen Defenders Make

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Your home is your castle.

Your refuge is the territory around that home.

Together this is the place where you’re going to dig in during an emergency (like the current pandemic).

This is the place where you choose to shelter-in-place, unless and until it becomes necessary to bug out because that location is no longer safe.

I mean let’s face it; that’s where your survival cache is anyway, right?

Your gear is there, your family is there… but what will you do if a major disaster throws your town into chaos and suddenly there is a real threat of attack from looters?

As we've all learned in recent months, you've got to protect your home from the sudden threat of violence.

So how will you do that?

Or, perhaps more importantly, what should you NOT do while accomplishing that?

I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about protecting your home from looters, and here is a run-down of what he had to say.

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Protecting Their Homes From Looters

Looter Defense In A Disaster Or Emergency
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

As we’ve seen time and time again during times of crisis, the wolves come out to prowl.

With collapse comes the threat of looting and violence that could threaten your family and your survival stash.

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting, and looting…

Any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets!

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

But don't make THESE mistakes along the way!

Mistake #1: Thinking It's Going To Be Over Soon

One thing you've got to fight against in a collapse is the normalcy bias.

I think a lot of people out there, to their detriment, just don’t believe it’s going to get as bad as it is.

(You saw that after Hurricane Katrina, and we're seeing it now during COVID-19.)

People who had all kinds of advance warning of the disaster didn't take it seriously.

When the power was out and there was no food, they were stuck in their homes freaking out.

They thought it wasn't real, that it wasn't happening.

In a collapse, therefore, the sooner you realize it's not just going to be fine in a few hours, the better off you'll be.

Realize as soon as possible that you're going to have to take matters into your own hands.

That includes gearing up to protect your home from violent looters.

Mistake #2: Being Unprepared To Defend Their Lives

Once you’ve gotten past that, another mistake people make is not being prepared to deal with the ramifications of having to defend their lives.

Far too often, we rely on the police.

In a collapse, if there are looters coming down your street. you’re going to have to be prepared to defend your home — defend your life, possibly — from people who have shown that they don’t give a damn what the police are going to do.

As much as possible, think through the steps you are going to take, or that you could be faced with, when it comes to defending your home.

That will help put you in a better position to take action when the time does come.

Mistake #3: Not Being There

Finally, a lot of people make the mistake of simply not being there.

In a collapse, if you want to protect your home, you've got to be there.

(You can't expect your private army of security personnel to do it… because for most of us, they don't exist.)

If you've bugged out to a neighbor's house or you're at a bar watching all this happen on the television, you won't be there to defend your home.

Anything you do have, including your stockpiled supplies, your food, your water, your gear… it's all going to be up for grabs.

Not being home during a crisis, therefore, is a huge mistake.

These aren't the only mistakes you could make, but they are some pretty major ones.

When you come down to it, there are a lot of ways to protect your home from looters.

Be mindful of what NOT to do as we've detailed here and you'll be a long way towards successfully protecting your home and family.

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Sheltering In Place (Quarantine/Lockdown): 3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

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When city planners are constructing communities, the last thing they’re thinking of is its defense against enemy combatants.

In fact, if anything, the way that normal neighborhoods are set up, most homes would make you a sitting duck if a battle broke out on your block.

As with any castle, the better fortified your fortress is as you’re staring at the marauders outside the gates, the better your chance of survival.

So how would you go about fortifying your home – especially with all of us worrying about looters and home invaders during the COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns?

A while back I spoke with my survival expert Pat Henry about the idea of fortifying a home, and here is a summary of what he had to say to me about it.

3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

Survive In Place: 3 Tips For Fortifying Your home
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting and looting, any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets.

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

Let's say you're lucky enough to be on a dead-end street.

You could use cars to stop people from coming down your street.

But you're not going to be able to close off the entire perimeter of your front yard.

There's just too much space there.

Most of us don't live on dead ends, either.

But no matter how open your property is, there are choke points you can take advantage of.

That brings us to our first tip…

1. Creating And Exploiting Choke Points

Look for choke points that can minimize the space and reduce someone's ability to get through.

You can also make those choke points.

  • You can drop a tree, for example.
  • Take advantage of fences in the area, too.
  • Anything that you can dump dirt, sand, or gavel into, like a trashcan, can form a barrier that makes it harder for an enemy to get through and may provide cover.

In a serious crisis, you could use appliances, like washing machines, freezers, and so on, filled with dirt.

That kind of mass will stop a vehicle.

It won't stop a tank, but it will stop most passenger cards on the road… and it will slow down just about anyone.

2. Mind Your Windows And Doors

Your home is, obviously, your last line of defense.

We see it in zombie movies and things like that, with arms coming through the windows.

You've got to plan ahead of time to seal off your windows and doors from a serious invasion.

Sure, someone could take a sledgehammer and start beating in the walls, but if they’re doing that, you’re not going to stop them anyway.

You can purchase a film from 3M that you can apply to your windows to turn them, effectively, into a sheet of plastic like safety glass.

They'll take much more abuse before they give in, although they're not bulletproof.

  • Plywood can also be fit over your windows, although it cuts your visibility and makes your fortifications more obvious.
  • Boards with nails run through them can be put under your windows to provide a deterrent.
  • The doors themselves can be reinforced, or you could replace the entire door with a steel unit.

All of these tactics are intended to buy you time.

They're to give you more room to sneak around and get out to escape.

3. Sandbags

One thing that you could lay in a supply off, as long as you've got a yard to fill them from, is sandbags.

People usually have these on hand for flooding, but they can be used to make a great barricade if you have time to fill them.

It's time-consuming to build a wall of sandbags, but creating a mound you can duck behind for cover is another otion.

You don't even need to have a ton of dirt available.

Obviously, you'd be filling these with dirt, not sand, in most cases.

These work because a dirt mound is a great way to absorb the energy of bullets.

If you have enough dirt, you can make some fairly serious earthworks defenses.

Even just a little can help provide needed cover.

So what are YOU doing to prepare your home for an invasion like this?

The time to start fortifying is NOW, more than ever before.

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SHTF & WROL Survival Bartering: The 3 Biggest Myths

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The movie in most people’s mind goes something like this:

The dollar is dead and civilization has collapsed, and even if you dare venture out to the supermarket or the local Walmart there’s not going to be anything on the shelves for you to buy.

But your wife and kids are complaining that supplies are getting low.

So what do you do?

One way to get the supplies you need is through survival bartering – and for a lot of us, trading for what we need became very, very real when the panic buying over COVID-19 emptied out the store shelves.

(I STILL can't find toilet paper anywhere.)

Not long ago I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about this survival bartering, and he told me there are three major misconceptions that people have about it.

Here's a run-down of those three items.

The 3 Biggest Myths About Survival Bartering In A Collapse

Survival Bartering For WROL/SHTF Trading
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

Especially in disasters, things will get bad fast (as we've all seen now during the pandemic).

Those supply lines, where trucks bring in food to grocery stores and things like that?

Well, even FEMA sometimes can’t get the materials they need to be able to get.

That's when people really start to get nervous and jittery about what they’re going to do for long-term supply.

But it’s that long-term disaster – one that goes 60 days and beyond –  when you really start looking at a new way of living.

At that point, especially if money isn’t really good anymore, that’s where bartering really becomes even more important.

You might do things to help your neighbors for free early on, because you're a neighborly person.

But once it looks like this is the way life could possibly be for an extended period of time, that’s where you really start getting into what goods do you have, what services can you trade… things like that.

There are a lot of misconceptions, because I think there’s a lot of this fantasy stuff out there on the Internet.

Let's summarize, then, the three biggest myths about survival bartering:

Myth #1: The Stores Will (Still) Be Open

People think they're going to be able to go into their local store with a different form of currency like their bartering supplies.

Or they think there'll be some kind of Mad Max Bartertown market set up.

That could happen, I guess, but it's not going to happen for a very long time.

When there is no economy whatsoever, people do talk.

Therefore, that's what you've got to take advantage of.

Maybe you hang up some fliers, and everybody knows that on a certain date at a certain location, everybody brings what they have to trade.

I can certainly see barter markets opening up eventually, but that takes time to establish.

Just understand that at first, there will be no rules and no one will know how to do it, because we'll all be in uncharted territory.

That brings me to…

Myth #2: Trades Will Be Fair

Another myth about survival bartering is that people think trading will always be fair.

They think you can just walk into a trade and you'll have an idea of the real value of the trade items.

“I'll give you six .22 cartridges for four eggs,” you'll say to the guy, or something like that.

But you won't always know, necessarily, what the fair value for a trade is.

You might end up giving away too much to get too little, because nobody knows how to trade early on, and everyone's going to be worried about giving too much to get too little.

It will take a lot of time to set up a trade system and a list of values that everyone is comfortable with.

Along the way, you may end up on the losing end of several trades, or you may end up inadvertently taking advantage of other people… people who will remember getting ripped off.

Myth #3: You'll Have ANYTHING That People Want

A lot of people store stuff thinking it will be useful for barter later.

That's all well and good, but your barter items are only as good as the value someone else places on them.

It's like our currency.

If there's no value on the dollar, nobody's going to give you anything for a dollar.

If you go to Bartertown with ten thousand Beanie Baby toys, nobody's going to give you a single .22 cartridge for something like that.

If all you have are trade items nobody needs, and for which there is no shortage, they're not going to trade for it.

Remember: Survival bartering is all about supply and demand.

It comes down to what you have.

The worst time to prepare is AFTER a disaster happens.

Start looking right now at what you would have to trade with if it comes to that during these troubled times.

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MCS Podcast 59: Do-It-Yourself Barricades For Neighborhood Defense

Ferguson Looter Defense

Ferguson Looter Defense

When law enforcement is overwhelmed with keeping law and order down at the food riots and anti-police demonstrations, who will watch over the neighborhood you and your family live in?

Ask the Oath-Keepers and the brave Ferguson citizens who took matters into their own hands to protect the local homes and business from being another fireball victim of looters and arsonists.  The'll tell you who.

In this on-going conversation with survival expert, Pat Henry, about “neighborhood defense”, we dig deeper into the simple ways you can build your own “fortress” around your home and – even your block – to give yourself a fighting chance.

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Here's what you'll find in this week's episode…

  • How to divide your defense plan into “sectors”.  Pat takes things outside of the typical military or security approach and brings your analysis right into your own neighborhood using today's technology!
  • Building checkpoints and road barriers!  Keep the knuckleheads as far out as possible and you'll keep them from getting within “Molotov” distance.
  • Various materials you can round up or scavenge to construct a perimeter defense that even vehicles will have a hard time penetrating!
  • Your “front-yard defense plan”!  How to delay mobs from reaching your front-door to give you time to build up a counterattack!
  • Fortifying your castle!  Time to take on the zombies who were savvy enough to get through your outer defenses!

You don't need a bunker to be safe while downtown is burning to the ground.

But you DO need a plan… and this week's broadcast is loaded with tips you can prep for right now!

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MCS Podcast 37: Looter Defense Planning With Pat Henry

Looter Defense Survival Plan

Looter Defense Survival Plan

Of course we'd all like to think of our home as a “castle” that will protect us from the outside world… especially if faced with a gang of marauding looters during a disaster or collapse.

But just having 4 walls around you isn't enough to keep you and your family safe during civil unrest.

That's why I grabbed, Pat Henry, to drag him back on our show to reveal his best tips for planning NOW for the potential threat of looters in a time of social chaos.

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Pat really unleashed some amazing tips you're definitely going to want to take action on, including…

  • How to avoid the biggest mistakes nearly every homeowner makes when protecting against looters (and how to think like a “military officer” planning for battle)!
  • How to make your home less of a target for the bands of roaming anarchists seeking out their next victim household!
  • The secret to establishing an “early detection system” that alerts you to the presence of dangerous gangs in your area after a disaster.
  • Why you must plan for “fortress fortification” NOW… and the right way to stop invading forces in their tracks!
  • “Last stand” tactics: When danger has reached your door, here's how to unleash Holy Hell on your attackers!

I hope you NEVER have to use these strategies in real life.

But if you do, this “looter defense plan” could be the key to your family's survival when all hell breaks loose!

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MCS Podcast 19: Neighborhood Defense Planning With Pat Henry

Neighborhood Defense Planning In A Collapse

Neighborhood Defense Planning In A Collapse

When the wolves are circling for the attack, the sheep have a better chance at surviving when the flock is huddled together with the rams on guard.

Likewise, when the world around you has broken down into civil unrest, banding together with a well-trained (and armed!) community defense team could protect you from the predators of our society.

But how should you pick out your team and what's the best way to prepare your battle plan for a collapse?

Fortunately, Pat Henry has already done the planning… and was willing to share his secrets with our listeners!

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Here's what you'll discover when you listen in:

  • Why hunkering down with your AR-15 and a “Looters Will Be Shot” sign may not be your best option against the anarchist hordes outside your home's walls.
  • How to choose the “warriors” among your fellow citizens who you can count on to have your back if the bullets start flying (without coming off like the town whacko)!
  • The right way to view your local community from a “tactical” perspective. (This exercise will absolutely change the way you look at your neighborhood forever!)
  • How to coordinate the ignored defense factors of intelligence-gathering and communications in order to plan your mission… and carry it out with military precision!
  • What types of weapons and supplies you should gather (now!) to support your neighborhood defense plan as a rapid-response force!

It's time to assemble your very own “A-Team” of community defenders.

We'll show you step-by-step how to take action now!

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