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Friday, November 8, 2013

Plows and Scarecrows: How to Successfully Pull Off Rural Preps

Plows and Scarecrows: How to Successfully Pull Off Rural Preps

By Naomi Broderick, a prepper author with Protect Your Home

For those in rural areas, preparing for emergencies can seem like a less daunting task than for those in metropolitan areas. After all, areas outside of major cities frequently enjoy more than a 50% reduction in crime rates per capita compared to neighboring urban zones. However, due to the nature of rural life, it is estimated that a higher percentage of crimes go unreported in these areas. Additionally, there are some risks and challenges that come along with prepping as a rural homeowner that can be more difficult than prepping in cities.

No matter where you live, being prepared for survival is always a smart way to manage your household. For those outside of the cityscape, here are some tips that can help you on your way to emergency preparedness. In addition, those in the rural Midwest can browse options provided by ADT in Gary, Indiana.

Dealing with isolation during a crisis

One of the more pronounced differences in rural prepping is that proximity can be a game-changing concern. Whereas growing one’s own food supply is always an admirable prepping quality, it’s of upmost importance for those in areas who aren’t within a fair distance to another source of food. There is no such thing as a successful prepper in the woods who doesn’t manage a garden of nutritious, hardy, perennial staples.
Living out of one’s pantry with dehydrated goods is always only a patchwork solution, and this is all the more true when you’re isolated. There are a variety of gardening resources specifically designed with preppers in mind, so doing your homework and establishing a survival garden could be a great idea if you’re currently relying on only store-bought goods. There is no alternative to gardening and manufacturing your own resources for long-term survival.

Adjust your home security accordingly

In suburban and urban areas, simply maintaining a home security system can go a long way in keeping potential crooks deterred from your property. In addition, neighborhood watch groups are common in these areas and report threats to authorities whenever they appear. Both of these security features nearly vanish when you’re located away from densely populated areas. For the first part, security systems are not as effective in these areas for the benefit of deterrence.

Criminals are more willing to spend time exploiting systems in areas where there isn’t regular traffic, and they might ignore these features entirely due to the inferior response time of authorities in these far-off areas. That being said, while security alarms don’t always necessarily win out in deterring home invaders entirely, they almost always severely reduce the time that home invaders spend on the property. 
Keeping this in mind by structuring your home with surveillance in mind can help. Using dummy equipment while keeping other elements of your home security camouflaged or in discreet locations can help in preventing vandalism against your security equipment, and it ensures their effectiveness in alarming authorities when home invasion does occur.

Scaring off crime

The second feature that vanishes is neighborhood watches, which are usually limited to zones with frequent traffic. Watch programs have demonstrated an efficiency of up to 40% in the reduction of crime in certain areas. Without this benefit, the odds of criminals targeting properties in your area are significantly increased.
Beginning and registering your own watch system can be an effective method if you have enough hands to effectively manage it, but rural individuals are frequently left to their own devices when defending their properties. One favored method is one that a good friend of mine terms the “scarecrow strategy.” This incorporates keeping a sense of surveillance on your home, even if you’re not available. 
This can range from keeping signage on your property which indicates that you have a watchdog, firearms, or security equipment. Motion-sensing porch lights are a great way to strike fear in those who might be approaching what they believe to be empty properties. Some might install motion activated sound alarms that actually produce dog barking noises, or other such threatening sounds; these ingenious options are picking up a lot of traction with reduced costs and increasing ease of DIY installation of such equipment. 
What other considerations would you recommend for those prepping in areas off the beaten path? How would you obtain resources and maintain a secure presence if you were a prepper in an isolated area?


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