Why the Smartest Preppers Try to Avoid Looking Like a Prepper


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looking like a prepper infographicHave you ever given much thought into the subject about what a prepper should or should not look like? If this seems like a dumb question to you, humor me for a minute and keep reading.

For some reason, this thought has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching reruns of the Doomsday Preppers TV show that I have recorded on my DVR.

I’ve noticed that some of the people who are showcased on this program look like the average 9-to-5 working Joe while others look like military commandos. The latter are usually decked out in camouflage clothing with all kinds of survival gear strapped to them.

While watching this program, I suddenly realized something that I had never thought about before. The question I asked myself was; in a major crisis or a doomsday scenario, what would I want to look like? I thought, would I be safer if I looked like a soldier or if I looked like everyone else who was walking the streets and struggling to survive?

Before I tell you about my answer, I want you to take a quick look at the photo below. Imagine that both cars in this photo were parked in a really rough neighborhood and left unattended. Which one do you think would be more likely to be broken into and/or stolen?

how preppers should look comparison graphic

I’m sure it didn’t take you very long to realize that the one in the bottom of the photograph would quickly be targeted by thieves in this scenario. Now, let me ask you this; why wouldn’t the old beat up junker get broken into or stolen? The answer is really quite simple and that is that no one would see any value in that one. There could very well be a briefcase full of $1,000,000 in its trunk but because it doesn’t look like it has any value, it’s much less likely to be targeted by thieves.

The Point Is: Don’t Make Yourself Look like a Target

If you are a prepper, in a doomsday scenario it’s certain that you will have valuable supplies that other people desperately want and need. You’ve all heard the age old expression that goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures”. This will be very true when people, who haven’t taken the time to prepare, have hungry children to feed. Good people will do things that they wouldn’t normally think of doing in their wildest dreams when their children are starving. Most preppers probably plan to do all they can to avoid having their supplies stolen from them.

If you go out into public, dressed like a soldier, with expensive survival gear strapped to you from head to toe, you are going to look like somebody who has something worth taking. If you happen to encounter one or two people, this may make you look like a formidable opponent and they might decide to choose a less threatening looking person to steal from. On the other hand, if you happen to encounter a large group of looters or marauders, you’re going to look like a big juicy steak to a starving dog. They will probably follow you back to your home or bug out camp and forcefully take all of your precious supplies.

The lesson to be learned is that it’s better to blend in than stand out in a survival situation. If you look like everyone else who is struggling to find food and water, you’ll be less likely to draw attention to yourself and consequently, the odds of you being victimized will be lower.

What Do You Think Preppers Should Look like?

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