Hey there Neighbor. I need you to set up an overwatch in the third story of this red building.
The creator of the blog "Bugged Out Blog" was so kind as to send me a link to his blog.
In it, I was taken by this article as it goes to the crux of why we study civil defense and prepping:
Normalcy Bias & Distractions, General Rambling
I do not know why this happens, but it does. Perhaps it is something primal in our nature that directs us to certain individuals; a vibe, or an aura, if you will. We are drawn to each other for different reasons. Usually it is a common interest or belief, but sometimes it is for complimentary skills. Humans are social animals and we want to share our time on this earth with the kind of people that share our lifestyle.
This is the same process that has been repeated large and small through the course of human history. Families become tribes, tribes become clans, clans become states, so forth and so on until they become empires. In-between the familial cracks are the spaces we will with friends and acquaintances. This is your tribe.
"One thing that was very surprising was that several of my neighbors have come to me asking for gun advice. I've done some repairs on their guns in the past, and have helped them with decisions on new purchases.?
Like it or not, however big or small, your tribe looks to you for direction and mentorship. We all possess certain desirable skills that people are drawn to and will want you to share what you know or have.
This gentleman was able to find a niche, albeit a bit reluctantly, as not only a leader, but a leader with a skill who could also train others in that skill. In so doing, the tribe is enriched. That is an incredibly powerful thing.
"We've had a recent dirtbag influx when a couple of the elderly people in my neighborhood passed away and the family took over the property. 4am fireworks, trash blowing around, their guests tossing food wrappers and drinks out of their cars, code violations, poor lawncare, etc. Nothing serious, yet, but still annoying. The new occupants have been hauled off to jail a couple times for minor court violations, but not for felonies. I've contacted my people on the local PD to have them investigate them, but I haven't taken a stand, yet."
We all know these guys too. They are the reason you do what you do. There are obvious bad neighbors that lack certain social graces, but there are also the panoply of life's weirdo's that may not be so obvious.
The only way to break through the veil and get to the truth is to get acquainted. Trust your gut. If you have a bad track record, then trust your SO's gut.
"I've evidently been very remiss in my dealings with neighbors. I've allowed them a glimpse into my security abilities, and I've trained a few of them through the security consulting company I work for part time. I'm now seen as a leader (target) for armed incursions should there be any in a WROL situation; This was not my intention."
He is not unduly aware of the precariousness of his situation. As the Old Man was fond of saying, "it is not paranoia if they are really following you". That little blued haired widow at the end of the block knows more about your families comings and goings than you do. I guarantee it. However with a little ingenuity, you can camouflage just about anything.
Prior planning preventing poor performance
You prep for yourself and your tribe. Even if it means cutting in your neighbors as much as you can sanely and safely allow. You also prep for, as Beck would put it, the "shit-kickin', speed-takin', Truck-drivin' neighbors downstairs". Knowing whom is whom in the cocktail of strangers that make up every neighborhood before people are hungry is the key element.
Summer is here. If you do not know your neighbors, I would put that in the "to do" category. Block parties and cook outs are an excellent way to show goodwill and sniff out potential allies or points of contention. Not that you should show the fellas your armory. But for the price of a few pounds of burger meat you can see people in their element. It is amazingly how quickly a few cold ones brings out the braggadocio and political opinions. Always take note. They are doing the same thing.