I’d like you to participate in a mental exercise with me for a few minutes. Imagine, if you will, that a major catastrophe has occurred in your area resulting in looting and marauding on a large scale basis. The people in your local town have already cleared out all of the shelves in the stores and they are beginning to go house to house looking for supplies that they can use to survive with.
In this scenario, you’ll likely be watching people who might be approaching your home that could pose a threat to the safety of you and your family. Imagine that you spot a large group of looters through your binoculars who are making their way toward your home.
You’re going to have to make the decision about whether or not it’s safe to stay in your home in a matter of a few short minutes. Let’s assume that for the sake of this mental experiment that you decide to abandon your home and head towards your pre-planned bug out location.
Now, assuming that you don’t live in a rural area already and you have to travel for quite some distance, let’s say that you can’t make it to your bug out camp in one day’s drive. In this case, you may decide to pull off to the side of the road and camp for the night.
If possible, it’s would probably be a good idea to rotate drivers so you that you can keep moving but there may be occasions when you have to stop for one reason or another. After all, if you’re just too tired to continue driving safely, you wouldn’t want to have an accident by falling asleep at the wheel.
The Inspiration Behind This Trick
My husband recently saw a movie called “Freetown” that inspired him and I to play this scenario out in a conversation that we had today. The movie gave him the idea for a pretty clever trick to fool looters into leaving your vehicle alone while you’re sleeping. We talked about a particular scene in the movie and decided that if this situation ever does arise, we’ll take turns keeping watch for shifts of about two or three hours while the other is sleeping.
One of the things that we also talked about is how to make sure that our vehicle will be left alone if a band of looters happened to pass by and see it parked on the side of the road. In our opinion, it would be foolish to try to fend off a large group of looters so we’ve talked at length about what we might be able to do to make our vehicle less attractive to them.
What Will Looters Really Be Looking For?
In a situation like this, it’s difficult to know for sure what looters may or may not do. History has shown us that during times of major natural disasters, there will be many people frantically looking for the supplies they need to survive with. Others, may be worked up into a frenzy and vandalizing things just for the sake of causing chaos.
In this scenario, let’s assume that the looters are looking for supplies and they see your vehicle parked along the side of the road. If they see your vehicle and it looks like someone has just pulled off the side of the road and abandoned it because it broke down, it’s my opinion that they’ll stop to see if they can scavenge anything from it such as gasoline, food, and/or water.
If they see your vehicle parked along the side of the road and it “appears” to them that it might have supplies that they could use in it, it will become a target. This mentality is what we plan to use against them.
As part of this mental exercise, imagine that you happen to be one of those looters who is passing by our vehicle. Don’t look at this from the perspective of a prepper or survivalist but rather through the eyes of a hungry looter that doesn’t have any emergency supplies.
What if our car was jacked up and on blocks? What if all four tires had been removed and were out of sight? What if the battery had been taken out and hidden? What if one of the windows that was nearest to the looters who were passing by was broken?
Now, since I’m not actually able to predict the future, I can’t say for sure what “might” happen but what I can say is that a vehicle that is in the condition that I’ve described above may appear to looters as if someone has already picked through it and taken everything of value. If our vehicle looked like someone had beat them to it and already taken anything that they might have wanted to take from it, it may appear to be a less attractive target to them.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are no guarantees, and I certainly wouldn’t want to tell you how to act if you find yourself in this predicament. I think that the ideal tactic would be to hide our vehicle if at all possible so that passing looters wouldn’t even see it. But, if that’s not possible, I personally think that making it appear that looters had already stolen anything of value may be enough to trick people into moving on and they may actually leave our vehicle alone.
Then, in the morning, when we are ready to continue our journey, we could put the tires back on in a matter of minutes, install the battery, and be on our way to the safety of our bug out location.
Remember that this was just a mental exercise. You alone will have to decide what it the best course of action for you and your family to take in a situation like this.
Let’s Hear Your Thoughts about This Idea!
As I’ve already mentioned, the purpose of this article is to be a mental exercise and it presents one way that you might be able to fool looters into leaving your vehicle alone. It would be really great if we could get some of you who read this article to leave a comment below and start a discussion about this particular tactic.
If you’d rather not leave a comment, but you’re still in the mood to read about prepping, I suggest that you take a minute and read one of my more popular articles that is called, 7 Deadly Sins of Prepping Revealed: Number 3 is a Doozy!