What do you see when looking at your neighbors?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by carly28043, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. carly28043

    carly28043 Monkey+

    We have all talked about opsec. We all know that there are few people we can really trust. It has been mentioned before that some neighbors might be useful for work and security after a situation. I usually feel that I have most of my neighbors pegged pretty well. However, it has been on my mind a lot lately. I seem to be second guessing myself alot. I can find no apparent reason for this. No real changes anywhere. So my question is: how do you really evaluate your neighbors? What are the signs you can watch for?
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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Easy...Several like myself are ''seasoned'' and in the oilfield...Only 1 that i would count on...The other 3 will have to try a little bit harder...The remainder will more than likley be on there own...
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  3. jim2

    jim2 Monkey+++

    I see dangerous unreliable white trash when I see my neighbors. Three out of seven homes on my street are OK, but the rest... future zombies
  4. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    My opinion think of them all as a possible threat, you never know what people are willing to do when faced with life or death. As far as your preps let them know as little as possible I prefer to let them know nothing. My grandpa had a saying I have adopted "It's better to be smart and act dumb than to be dumb and act smart" Being a L.E.O. for many years has shown me one thing people will do anything in a time of need. Look at it like this what would you do to protect your loved ones. What ever you decide just be careful because you can't take them knowing back.
  5. carly28043

    carly28043 Monkey+

    I don't really plan on telling them anything. I tend to look at them as who might be a problem and who might be useful. It is just this nagging feeling that I am missing something when I look at the neighborhood. Maybe something important.
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  6. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    The 1 that i trust is what you see is what you get type of guy...Plus he has 7 Horse's and a couple of hundred head of cattle down the road about 12 mile's...I see filet's in my future...
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  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The one reason that I am so free with my Knowledge Base here on the MOnkey is that I live so far out in the Alaskan Bush, it just isn't possible that any of you will be coming to do "Me and Mine" BAD in any conceivable SHTF situation.... If I lived anywhere else I would not be near as free, with my Personal Information. OPSec is very important, and is directly proportional to the number of Neighbors within walking or driving distance to your location.... having a "Trusted Group" also helps, some but you NEVER give even those, a complete read on your Personal, and Family Preps.... ..... YMMV....
  8. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    More important to me is, what do my neighbors see when they look at me.

    Hippy eco greenie nutjob who loves designer shoes is what I'm counting on. ;) If TSHTF they will write me off as someone who can't survive without credit cards, organic produce, and Starbucks.
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  9. I prefer the goofy guy who couldn't find his way out of the closet approach... It's worked this far. Besides everyone already thinks I'm a bit... well.. fruity.
    There are very few people that I would trust in a SHTF situation and I can count them on 1 hand.
  10. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    I would add that I let people know that I Believe in violence to protect my stuff and feel that It should be legal to shoot a thief running from your home. Gives them an understanding of where you will be when there are no rules.
  11. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    DW, you and I think alike! I portray the image of a poor middle-aged guy who doesn't have much, keeps to himself and doesn't make any fuss about anything. No TV dish, no 'kid toys', no boats, ATV's or other expensive big-boy toys. A couple vehicles on blocks - hey, I am trying to look 'poor redneck' after all!
    Most of my neighbors are older folks, my age or more, also with not much money. NONE know of my preps. I have noticed when the hurricanes come, they tend to scoot into town to be with relatives. Often leaves the 'hood to me alone - that's when I am especially watchful in case the Zombies roam and loot....... [peep]
  12. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    As far as our food etc; that is what the firearms etc are for.
  13. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

  14. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    It's not legal to shoot someone running from my house but damn.
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  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yeah, but a near miss will put overdrive in their steps, eh? There's nothing quite like a whistle near your ear followed by a sharp crack hitting the eardrum.

  16. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    One of the advantages to living on the ridge line; the only way to run is stay on the road.
  17. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Or in a hollor one way in and one out or thats what they think.
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  18. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    Fortuniately my neighbors arent visible from my home. The problem is start mentioning your prepping they all think your crazy, but post SHITF no telling what they would do. Im learning just to keep to myself and act stupit, save me alot of greif now and will in the future.
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  19. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    People are only human...and when put in a corner, they are capable of some pretty atavistic behavior. But, even when the chips are down, they are also capable of some pretty altruistic behavior.

    But, I think it is safer to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised, than to blindly give the benefit of the doubt and get my family killed. Therefore, for the most part, I see most neighbors as a threat.

    A few weeks without any food and there's no telling what people are capable of...especially if they have kids.

    If you're looking for a good book, read the Jakarta Pandemic. It will give you some good scenarios to go over in your head. For example, a$$hole neighbor wants some food...and has kids, what do you do?

    At what point do we lose our morality after SHTF?
  20. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Oh..My neighbor's know i have a generator that run's on 3 fuel's...Some saw it during Gustav...One little knucklehead who's an ass too everyone on the street know's he not gett'n NO help...period...He will perhap's be the first one shot at...hmmm
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