Many people think that urban survival strategies are limited to living in urban settings.
However, there are many skills and techniques that anyone can use to thrive in any environment.
This post aims to give people a better understanding of urban survival strategies and how to use them in their everyday lives.
I’ve noticed a limited amount of information on this subject and only a few sources to get this information from.
So, if you’re looking to get started on your urban survival journey, this post is for you.
During times of emergency, many people worry whether it is safer to stay in the countryside or in an urban region.
Unfortunately, this is a complex topic to answer because it all relies on the nature of the situation.
If there is a pandemic and people all around the city become ill, you will probably be safer being away from everyone and living on a farm in the countryside.
However, if there is a severe food scarcity in the city and society and law enforcement has collapsed, the farms may become extremely dangerous.
Everyone and their neighbor is aware that farms will most likely be growing food. So that’s where they’ll go to buy meals.
However, most of the time, urban places such as cities and suburbs are far riskier.
During a crisis, areas with a more significant population become more dangerous because individuals are unpredictable.
You never know who would resort to desperate tactics to acquire what they want.
In this post, we’ll look at a few urban survival methods to keep in mind.
Being aware of these will keep you from becoming another statistic in many of the frequent crimes that occur.
1. Be aware of stalkers
People typically huddle at home when natural disasters such as earthquakes or storms strike.
They may only go out to the supermarket, the hospital, and so on.
Because it is quieter outside, thieves may be on the lookout for an opportunity to strike.
Do not speed up if you sense someone following you.
This will alarm them, and they may try to seize and overpower you right away.
Instead, go inside a neighboring store and urge the person to contact the police.
If there are no stores nearby, reach into your handbag and have your pepper spray or another self-defense weapon ready to use.
Make every effort not to reveal that you are being stalked.
Just remember in this type of situation you might want to raise your level of awareness.
You want a sense of surprise.
2. Home security
Every survivalist would benefit from making their home as secure as possible.
Therefore, it is preferable to contact a professional security consultant to assess and make recommendations to improve your home security.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t attempt this on your own.
Most people lack experience in these areas. Criminals can be incredibly clever.
Your doors should ideally be strong and reinforced.
A CCTV camera at each of the many entries, exits, and blind spots will be quite beneficial in determining who is outside.
Motion sensor floodlights that activate when someone skulks around in the middle of the night will send criminals fleeing for safety.
You may also wish to keep a well-trained security dog on hand.
NEVER, EVER, leave spare keys outside the house. The majority of thieves know exactly where to look.
One of the best self-defense methods can also be one of the most dangerous.
If you’re going to use any firearm for self-defense, you need to know how to use them correctly.
When storing guns at home, they must be readily available to you while remaining out of reach of your children.
Keep them unloaded at all times.
If you hear disturbances in your home in the middle of the night and have a gun, always shout at the intruder and urge them to identify themselves.
In the dark, you don’t want to fire blindly.
- It could simply be a family member retrieving food from the refrigerator.
- But, unfortunately, people were panicked and acted too quickly with their firearms, resulting in horrific accidental shootings.
- Get the necessary training.
4. Isolated areas
When possible, stay away from isolated areas.
Insufficiently lighted parking lots and some basements provide ideal hiding places for crooks to conduct their operations.
A simple shortcut across a lonely park could be pretty deadly if someone knows your daily routine and knows where you are going.
Check that your car is in good working order and that it has enough fuel.
You never know when you’ll need it to make a fast trip or evacuate.
During a crisis, transportation is critical.
At the same time, be mindful of your safety.
If you are not cautious, you may be carjacked or even abducted.
So when you’re waiting at red lights, keep your doors locked, and your windows rolled up.
This is especially crucial for women.
When you’re out late, don’t let strangers tap on your car window.
If you feel unsafe, be ready to hit the gas and flee.
To sum it up
Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be safe. Of course, you don’t always need to be looking over your shoulder.
While there’s no way to predict the future, it’s best to always be on guard.
However, if you’re aware of your surroundings and prepared for any situation, you’ll do just fine.
Remember, it’s an unfortunate truth that people in this world are only interested in taking what they can from you.
But if you know what to look out for, they’ll have a tough time getting what they want.
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Thank you for reading. 🙂