It is without fail that difficult times will bring about changes in people. Some changes will be for the better as some rise to the occasion and do the best they can to care for themselves and others while some changes will be for the worst as some choose to use the situation to victimize and cause chaos. I recently stumbled across a list that was put together by user P-14 on the NortheastShooters forum that is essentially a collection of bullet points that summarize FerFal’s experience with the Argentinian collapse in 2001. This experience has been outlined in FerFal’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
, as well as several published articles which is where P-14 formed their list. One of the most captivating things about FerFal and his experiences is the fact that it was not all that long ago that these events happened.
While the entire list highlights important information to know and prepare for, I was particularly intrigued by the Crime and Insecurity section which shares FerFal’s perspective on things in Argentina but also seemed strangely familiar to me on many points. I was taken back to my combat experience in Iraq when dealing with armed conflict and insurgency. If anything, this reinforces to me the fact that many preparations can be made that have wide ranging applications. It also seems that it is better to think about these things now as opposed to later when we may be experiencing things first hand. Here is the summary:
- Allow no one inside your house.
- “Letting a criminal inside your house almost guaranties that he will rape/beat/torture and abuse whoever they find inside.”
- Always make sure you have a weapon on you.
- Most dangerous time of the day - Leaving or entering your house…“Criminals wait until you are standing on front of the door with the keys on your hand to jump on you.”
- Be extra alert when approaching your house. Look all around and if you see anything strange, keep walking around the block or keep on driving.
- “No door is ever opened when there is a strange person around.”
- “Whenever someone knocks on our door (and we don’t know him/her), they are answered from a second story window.”
- “Criminals sometimes disguised as electric company guys or something like that, saying that they have to fix something. Say NO!”
- “Better to be rude than dead.”
- “No one leaves a door or window opened or unlocked. Nor do they hang out in front of the house talking to friends. A bad guy might just see you there, like a sitting duck, pull a gun on you and take you inside your house.”
- “Criminals are not stupid, and they will spend days checking the place and especially YOUR ROUTINE.”
- “Sometimes they just drive up to where you are working, if you are far away from the home, but most of the time they sneak up on you.”
- “The most frequent kind of attack is attacking by surprise when you enter/leave your home.”
- There is no “safe” hour of the day.
- “Eyes and ears wide open when you enter/leave your home. If possible, keep a gun in your hand when doing either one.”
- “If you approach the house with a large number of people they will leave.”
- Types of crime will range from highly organized gangs/cartels/mafia to simple street crime.
- Police will handle most organized crime.
- Kidnappings: Expect 2 or 3 a day in your [suburban/urban] neighborhood.
- Perps may be wearing police/federal body armor.
Car & Driving:
- Windows and doors have to be closed at all times.
- A weapon must be within arms reach.
- You never stop at a red light or stop sign unless there is traffic, especially at night.
- Traffic lights were turned yellow at night.
- Accidents at nights were frequent and brutal.
- Be prepared to use the car as a weapon – do not stop for anyone standing in front of your car.
- “Every now and then someone tries to force me to stop my car by standing in front of it, in the middle of the street. I just aim at them and accelerate at full speed. They always jump out of the way before I hit them.”
- “I would have bought a 4×4, even though I live in the city.
- A 4×4 allows you to drive over the sidewalk or through wasteland, away from roadblocks or riots.
- I’ve see those that have 4x4s simply go off road, climb over a boulevard and leave while the rest of us poor car owners have to stay.”
- “A 4×4 truck also has more mass and power in case that someone tries to cut you off or rams you with the car. It’s less likely to stop running if you hit someone or several people (in a riot situation) since it’s prepared for cross country use and the engine is much more protected.”
Children At Play:
- “There are absolutely NO kids playing on the sidewalks at all, at any time of the day. Maybe a kid rides his bike a few meters on the sidewalk, but always under the supervision of an adult. A kid riding a bike on his own will get that bike stolen in no time, probably get hurt in the process, therefore no responsible parent leaves a kid alone on the street.
- “No parent worth a buck leaves his son or daughter in hands of a stranger.”
- “Old people and women are especially vulnerable. After old people and women and children, come small framed people, the smaller you are, the weaker you look, the more likely you are to be chosen as a victim by a bad guy.”
This information is thought provoking at a minimum and could very well offer the insight necessary to survive a tough time or dangerous encounter.