Long Term Security and Defense of your Retreat Location

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Long Term Security and Defense of your Retreat Location:

In this article for the final week of ‘52 Weeks for Preparedness’ I will discuss long term security and defense of your retreat location. We cannot predict now exactly what conditions will look like after a collapse and as such I urge you not to make too many assumptions based on your particular idea of what such a post-SHTF situation will look like. The purpose will be to give you the general principles and techniques of defending a location, which you can tailor and apply as necessary and appropriate. It is best to adopt a mindset of flexibility and gather mental and physical knowledge and ‘tools’ in order to be able to develop your response and put some of these measures in place as you find them necessary and appropriate. For the article I will assume a broad post-SHTF situation of societal collapse with a general absence of law and order.
What is the threat? As a prepper hunkered down at your home, with food stores, the most likely threat will be from looters and marauders. These could take many forms from a simple beggar, through starving neighbors, mobs, tricks and deceptions, to a tactically organized group with weapons and equipment. The worst case is some sort of organized paramilitary style force with heavy equipment bent on forced redistribution. Therefore, remain flexible and have an emergency rally point and extraction route should you be overmatched. Know when you have no alternative but to bug out. You can make this decision if you have the information before the threat arrives and conduct the bug out in good order. Alternatively, you may be forced to make the decision as the attack progresses and have to ‘break contact’ and withdraw under enemy fire; this is one of the most difficult tactical maneuvers. Work on your leadership, decision making and decision points so that your response under the pressure of both time and enemy is optimal. Tied in with this is the need for clear rules of engagement and for the use of force appropriate to the threat.
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1 Comment

  1. Redcoat says:

    Nice one Max. This is an excellent article and very thought provoking.

    Having developed our homestead property into a retreat over the past two years, has meant approaching many of these subjects in great depth.

    One of our biggest dilemmas was addressing ‘Boots’ on the ground with regards to 24 hour security. It almost became a show-stopper until we had a moment of epiphany. We acknowledged that we would be unable to provide adequate security apres any SHTF event. The epiphany struck, when we realized that retreat members would only invade our family privacy, when they were needed most i.e. apres SHTF!

    Our next issue was to address the element of burden. This has been resolved by the requirement of pre-positioning certain agreed bulk food/ammo/weapon items. We are now well on the way to becoming a defendable retreat with offensive capabilities.(We work hand-in-hand with another local retreat).

    As part of the retreats security measures we spent a great deal of time researching electronic security. We have established a number a choke points and employed wireless probes and infra-red trips.I highly recommend the Dakota Alert MURS system. It has significant range for a wireless system and functions despite rolling hill topography and heavy foliage cover. We will be running multiple base stations, with each sensor device reporting as a specified zone intrusion. These features allow you to know exactly where your threats are approaching.

    In conjunction with this system, we’ve included the use of multi-band radios. When tuned correctly, they intercept the base-station transmitted alerts and therefore act as mobile base-stations and tactical radios. The tactical advantage is two-fold and very effective.

    We have made a few technical improvements to the sensor units and consider the only drawback to be the use of C123 batteries in each wireless unit. Easily resolved and overcome by solar re-chargers.

    I pass these tips on knowing that I have gained a tactical advantage. However, over reliance on this system would be reckless. Our intent is to combine this system with the LPOP and a QRF, located within a stones throw of the aforementioned LPOP.

    The object is not to be caught asleep by some marauding thug or band of looters. Should we be overwhelmed or outmatched, we have no intention of continuing the fight and withdrawing to the main house for continued defense. We will disappear into the night, protecting our most precious asset…..our children.

    Should Valhalla send a personal invitation, I expect to be found having expended most of my ammunition and my barrel smoking!

    Long live the Republic and God save the Queen!