I have enjoyed both your books. Here is something that goes along with the point you've made many times - that an isolated location might actually invite unwanted attention. Also, a bigger dog is a better deterrent.
Thank you Joe. That was an interesting read.
Adam Deeds told detectives he used Google Maps to search remote areas around Boise and Mountain Home for high-end homes to rob. Dees told investigators he decided to commit a robbery because "that’ll give me money to play with for a while.” Dees admitted to killing Ted, Elaine and Tom Welp. Dees will spend the rest of his life behind bars.…He told detectives he staked out the home and came back after dark, dressed in black, to rob the family.A door to the garage was open when he returned and Dees used a set of house keys he found in a truck to get inside the house. The home's security system was disabled at the time. The 22-year-old told detectives had it been armed, he would have left immediately.He also said he probably would have given up on his plan if the family had a bigger dog.
I never understood why so many people fail to see how in spite of other advantages, when it comes to high levels of dangerous crime, isolation actually works in favour of the attackers, not the defenders. Rather than worrying about refugees heading your way (which by the way are mostly NOT criminals) worry about people like Adam Dees. This is real, it is possible, and as we clearly see it has happened before. On the other hand the idea of hordes of looters attacking everything within a full gas tank distance only exists in fiction novels.
What we can learn from reading the article:
1)Criminals prefer isolated residences away from curious bystanders and neighbours.
2)Criminals can drive cars. If you can get to your “isolated” residence by car, then so can a criminal.
3)Criminals know how to use Google Maps (and Facebook, so careful what you make public there as well)
4)Criminals don’t like alarm, or strong, locked doors.
5)People living “in the country” are more likely to have a false sense of security, therefore neglecting some aspects of home and personal security, mistakenly believing that distance = safety when it comes to dangerous criminals.
6)Criminals don’t like big, strong dogs that are capable of attacking them.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.