Protecting Your Preps

Having been the recent victim of an automobile break-in and suffering the loss of not only my daily laptop bag and its contents but also my full bug-out-bag I am now keenly aware of the threat of losing stored preps to bad guys.

No matter where you live both automobile break-ins as well as home burglaries can be a concern.  Many would think that living in an upscale neighborhood isolates them from this threat.  I’m sorry to say that this is simply not true.

As we’ve written about in the past, your proximity to less desirable neighborhoods and towns plays a big part in how safe your home is under normal conditions and especially in a post SHTF situation.  To sum it up for you, bad guys come to nice neighborhoods to steal things because there are nicer things to be stolen.  Simple as that.

In my own situation I believe that if the thieves had known what was contained in the two bags they stole they probably would have only risked breaking one window -in order to steal the bag containing my laptop- and would have forgone the BOB which, while useful to me, is probably of limited value to criminals today.

On any typical day (where we are not in a SHTF scenario) I would assume something similar from an average home burglary where thieves are likely to kick in a side or back door, scavenge a house for cash, jewelry, small electronics, and expensive purses, and then take off.  In the current climate a cache of canned goods, bags of rice, bottled water, and other preps are likely to be ignored.  Why?  Because right now they’re not considered all that valuable.  Again, very simple for a criminal mind.

In ordinary times you could literally leave boxes of food stuffs and canned goods all packaged up and ready to be loaded onto a truck and your average burglar would ignore them.  Why?  They’re not valuable enough to be worth the effort and risk of stealing them.  This all changes when the bad guy’s motivations change.

However, looking forward to a time when there is a bit of a crunch, a storm or earthquake has hit, power has been out for a while, and stores are not fully stocked one could see how a thief’s priorities might change.

In a time when those intent on invading another’s private space for their own personal gain leans towards survival (and not simply profit) our preps will most certainly be sought after.  So, how do you protect your preps from thievery if there is an emergency situation and you’re not there yourself to watch over them?

I’ve got a few ideas here on how to hide and safeguard foodstuffs and other supplies but want to take a few days to hear from our friends out there before I write some more.  

Some would say that it’s not wise to post too much about hiding spots.  I’m of the opinion that anyone who is reading this blog is wise enough to prepare so they won’t have to go looking to steal from others so I think we’re okay on that front.

This post was designed to get those of us who have the majority of our preps sitting in an ultimately vulnerable pantry, closet, or basement shelf  to re-think our plans.  I myself included.

What do you think?

~Butch

6 Responses to Protecting Your Preps

  1. I had a camera bag stolen from my car about 22 years ago and since then every vehicle I have bought I have ensured it had enough space either in a closed compartment, or a fitted a false floor in the trunk to keep my GHB gear completely out of sight, Also if i have to park up in some crime infested dump like London or Manchester I deliberately scatter litter like empty pizza boxes, plastic coffee cups, candy wrappers across the floor of the trunk or load area if I’m using the 4×4 estate car. this make it look as though its never going to have held anything worthwhile stealing. I also keep a mini survival kit fastened with cable ties UNDER the drivers seat completely out of sight.

  2. A locking gas cap is a simple inexpensive deterrent to gasoline theft. Many SHTF situations will see an increase in the price of gas and a decrease in its availability.

  3. I have been preparing several super pails along with my other preps. I currently live in a semi-rural area, and have an old barn. My thought for this is simply to put my white & orange buckets in black trash bags and scatter them throughout the barn. If I want to make them less obivious I could grab a handful of dirt off the floor to give them the appearance of being there for a time. Another thought … are my weapons; get a 10′ stick of 6″ PVC pipe with an end cap on one end and a clean out (a screw on lid) for the other end. I can wrap the weapon in cloth to help protect it and seal the end and hide it as well. Now I don’t have to worry about dust and moisture.

  4. Hiding my preps is something that I really don’t do. However, I would imagine that if times get tough and now my preps are being seen as valuable then I would definitely consider hiding them… maybe even burying some.

  5. Had my kitchen remodeled a decade ago and just recently noted that the cabinets don’t extend all the way to the ceiling, the way many do in contemportary kitchens. There’s a beautiful molding at the top that angles out, so I placed some cases of green beans, corn, and other canned goods inside the space at the top of the cabinets. No one would know that they’re there from walking into the kitchen and looking up in that direction. Although I need a small ladder to access the stuff, it’s a great hidden space that isn’t bothering anyone, and I’ve got two weeks’ worth of prep food in—where else—the kitchen!

  6. Pete, I hope you are aware that heat will shorten the quality/shelf life of food storage items. A temperature of 70 degrees and lower is commonly recommended for maximum quality. Heat rises so a warm kitchen due to cooking, summer heat or running the furnace in winter will each contribute to consistently higher temperatures near the ceiling. Put a thermometer up there and see what you are dealing with.