Steering Clear of Danger Zones
Dr. John Woods 10.31.17
A big part of prepping is just trying to survive every single day of life. In this day and age regardless of where you live crime is on the increase. In some areas of the country, it is totally out of control. Nobody is immune from the impact of crime either directly or indirectly.
Within urban areas, Midwestern towns, small rural communities, or out in the stark countryside or isolated plains, there are some crime-ridden areas to avoid at all costs. It’s just common sense. Just don’t drive or visit these areas.
Recently I was told by an old college roommate that I would not recognize my old college town in Missouri. Apparently, areas where I shopped, ate, and regularly visited back in the 70s are now dominated by gangs and crime and have become the parts of town where you just do not go.
On a hunting trip to Kansas years ago, my partner and I wanted to visit a famous old-west city. After driving around town not knowing where we were, the manager at the motel told us to never go into those areas again since they had been taken over by Mexican gangs. Who would have guessed?
Where you live, you probably know those suspect areas to keep out of. If not, search online the crime statistics for the area. The local police department should be required to post this information. Find out where the concentrated areas are with the most substantial crime incidents and just stay out of those places.
It is also your responsibility as a prepper to remain highly tuned-in to the news going on in the community where you live, work, shop, go to school, or randomly drive through to just get across town. Sadly enough, most inner-city areas are likely problem spots. Once a section of a town starts to deteriorate and crumble, the crime element always seems to move in.
These days though, crime apreads out of these concentrated areas into the suburbs and outlying communities. Crooks rob, steal, carjack, and invade businesses and homes, then escape back to the relative safety of their dark holes. Even local law enforcement officers are reluctant to venture into such areas. The best advice then is just to steer clear of those places.