This is for those who live in the cities and population dense suburbia.
Here is one possible (likely?) outcome for those living in the city regions following a full-on SHTF societal collapse where supply chains and infrastructure break down and law enforcement mostly becomes ‘just you’:
Gangs and mobs may become the Number One problem.
Gangs may take over a city very quickly starting with their own blocks and neighborhoods. Their numbers may grow very rapidly as (some of) those desperate for water and food may become their “new recruits” — joining up for their own survival.
The gangs may become a formidable wrecking force for a number of logical reasons. It might be the downfall of many who are preparedness-minded while still living in the city or densely populated burbs…who believe that it won’t get ‘that bad’.
When Civilized Society Collapses
Gangs already rule the ‘dark underground’ of todays cities. When civilized society collapses they will be unleashed and unbounded, enabled by the chaos that will become the new reality.
During this time, many within law enforcement will likely be more concerned about the safety and well-being of their own families and their own homes, choosing to stay and defend their own.
Logic dictates that even if .gov declares Martial Law it will only have limited effects. It is highly unlikely in my estimation that America’s cities and city regions could be controlled if we all collapse into social chaos, upheaval, and systemic breakdowns of supply and infrastructure.. One, maybe two, but that’s about it IMO.
[ Read: Martial Law: Could It Happen Here? ]
People living in cities and even the immediate population-dense suburbs will be subjected to a very cruel and unusual environment. They will be HIGHLY at risk from foraging gangs.
Think about this… It is one thing to protect yourself and your family from an intruder. But how will you protect yourself and your family from a gang mob?
The thing is, even during so called ‘good times’ the gangs are armed with weapons, have honed their criminal skills, and are not afraid to use them. Can you imagine AFTER SHTF?
Gangs WILL rule the cities.
Most of us living our lives today do not see the underworld, the underbelly, the gang and criminal activity lurking beneath the surface, the drugs and dealings… They cleverly hide it, and it lives largely in the shadows on our streets. If you know what to look for, you can find it and see it, but most do not as they go about their daily prescribed routines.
It will be a shock when it happens.
Many preppers (preparedness-minded people) living in the dense population of a city or suburbia with their own supplies and long-term storage believe that they will somehow manage to make it on their own. This will NOT be the majority case in my opinion. The probable eventual confrontation with roving hostile foraging gangs and mobs will likely NOT be in your favor for many or most.
It’s all about the numbers.
10, 20, (or more?) of them and just a few of you? Who’s going to win?
It will take very good planning, particular assets (which will be running out), and ‘enough of you’ to deal with this threat. And that’s not to mention the issues of collapsing infrastructure.
If you do not have overwhelming numbers or overwhelming defensive measures and/or protection, you will be wise to choose a plan that avoids direct confrontation altogether.
Move Out Of City Regions
Here’s an idea:
Move out of the city BEFORE the SHTF.
Move out of densely populated suburbia.
Here’s another idea:
Establish a bug out location (one that works and is supplied).
Prearrange a bug out to someone you know where it’s safer.
[ Read: The Perfect Bug Out Location? ]
“Hope” Doesn’t Cut It…
We all ‘hope’ that it will never hit the fan resulting in a terrible collapse and social chaos scenario. We ‘hope’ the-powers-that-be will hold it all together for years to come. The ‘hope’ that extreme political differences and ideologies will not lead to civil war. We ‘hope’ that a cyber attack will not take down the power grid. We ‘hope’ there’s never a weaponized EMP…
Because it has always been fairly peaceful during our own lifetimes and we ‘hope’ that they always will be, right?
The thing is this… Blinding your eyes for the potential of a chaotic future reality is just living in a bubble. A cocoon. Most have a very false sense of security. We are living in a technological fantasy world of sorts. Our sense of security could be blown out of the water in an instant.
Be aware of where you live and whether or not you will be in immediate danger of gangs WHO WILL TAKE YOUR FOOD AND SUPPLIES (and worse) as they feed their needs to survive after societal collapse and infrastructure (resupply) breakdown.
We must accept that ‘if’ it hits the fan, that gangs and mobs will probably become your worst nightmare. And these may not be the stereotypical gangs that you visualize in your mind… they will include lots of desperate people willing to do anything to survive.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
What’s your opinion about gangs or mobs after collapse?
Will this element become a substantial roving threat?
Will they remain in smaller groups as they forage for supplies?
What might be their ‘reach’?
Will a household stand a chance against this element?
How important is it to have a predetermined bug out plan if you live in these regions? (I suppose that depends on your risk tolerance and your own perception of likelihood).