Let me join everyone in saying how absolutely useful is your advice. I'm in Australia and everyone here seems to think that SHTF is totally improbable but that makes me more deternined to work out my exit strategy - or actually my stay in place and not drown strategy.
So can I ask you, with your real estate, was it near you, or did you travel out to collect rent? How did it work in the day to day sense?
Also, how about stun guns? What are your thoughts?
Preparing is only a reasonable step given that sooner or later something happens, you need to cope, deal with some emergency, even grow old, or suffering an illness. You prepare for that as well.
Regarding collecting rent, I still do that and try to be careful about it. If I can, I prefer having the people do a bank deposit, and quickly withdraw. Even if the person lives 2 blocks away I prefer to do that for safety reasons, and a lot of people, at least those that are somewhat careful, do the same thing.
For other cases I try to be careful, if picking large amounts of money I have a car waiting (remis).
I try not to have a fixed routine in case anyone starts noticing .
Other than those things there’s not much else to do, I just try to be careful and alert.
About stun guns, I can only give you my opinion but I’m no expert or anything close to it.
I have a stun gun and think its pretty intimidating, and gives away one heck of a shock.
Having said that, those old stun guns are nothing like the Tasers you see today that fire a couple darts.
The old stun gun wasn’t as effective at putting people down, and you needed to be at contact range unlike the Taser.
I see you’re in Australia, so I suppose a handgun isn’t an option. Then yes, a Taser’s range, even though limited, would be a nice bonus and I’d consider it seriously if I can’t carry handguns.
Again, just my humble opinion.