Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why you need not one but Two safes

Some of the advice I have to give based on my experience in Argentina after the economic collapse may not be as useful for everyone. Most Americans simply don’t have to deal with that level of crime and violence, let alone on daily basis in their local towns and cities. The thing is, as the world “keeps moving”, like Stephen King once wrote, a lot of that advice becomes increasingly relevant.
In my book “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, I explained that you want not one but two safes in your home. One of them more visible, maybe were you keep decoys or less valuable items, and a second well-hidden one were you keep most of your cash, precious metals and other valuable items. The reason for this advice is twofold.
First, if someone breaks into your house and they find the safe, they will assume this is where you keep your valuable items and focus on that safe. Rarely will they bother looking for a second safe and even if they do it should be very hard for them to find. This reduces significantly the chances of getting that second safe broken into.
Second, and this is one of those hard-earned lessons for many in Argentina, if someone breaks into your house and manages to put a gun to your love one’s head, you will tell them where the safe is and you will open it for them. In this case, you better have some believable decoys in that safe so that they feel content with it. With a bit of luck they will be happy with that and consider it a good day’s “work”.
Well, it turns out that having such a second safe has proven to be very valuable for this forum member over at survivalistboards where home intruders that broke into his house when he was away failed to find that hidden safe and therefore managed to save its content.
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”.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

having 2 of any essential is good advice.
"if you need one, you will need another."