Now I find that there are at least 3 of these homeless villages set up encircling the downtown area.
If they decided to take over a neighborhood the police will be too busy trying to protect the banks to spend any time with them. I know there are homemade and hunting knives, I know there are some guns since out of season deer have been taken, possibly bow and arrows.
The felons are not allowed to have guns but who is going in to search them? Perhaps they have a better idea of how the town is set up and where the sweet spots are and where the weak points are.
Perhaps the homeless are one of the biggest threats we will face during a grid down. As I was watching TV last night and thinking about how things are getting worse (you can’t go to the mall without being accosted by a pan handler looking for a hand out), thefts of bags of groceries out of people’s shopping carts at the store, as they are loading their cars, it’s almost a game of snatch a bag and run away, are steadily increasing.
This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest Cliff C I, like most of you, am big into situation awareness. A few days ago, I posted about my friend that was selling his photography studio and that someone had tried to break in a prop door in the back and as we were standing outside talking I saw someone come sneaking out of the woods across the street and head off down the road pushing a Kroger shopping cart.
There is a large expanse of woods just across from him but the real kicker is that borders on the county court building (not so lovingly called the Taj Mahal because of its domed ceiling, expanse of white marble and exorbitant cost.).
As we chatted he told me there was a village of homeless people living back in the woods. I knew the sex offenders were living some where in tents but didn’t realize it was there.I get an email every time a sex offender registers in my zip code or is added to the rolls and had wondered why they had addresses like “tent #3” or “tent #5” and it seems they have grouped together with the homeless and have erected small villages for mutual protection and community.Will these bands begin to roam, take over foreclosed houses and set up larger villages where no “regular” person is welcome?How large a threat are these folks, knowing that among their numbers, there are convicted felons, child molesters and various other criminal types along with the large group of people who have no work, no place to call their own, and really own nothing. Regular people are not welcome, there are rumors of booby traps or barriers to keep the non-members out. So, effectively the homeless may become the real zombies during a SHTF situation.They can already survive outside, they can make do with what they find and they seem to have utter disdain for other people.If they decide to fall upon a grocery store during a grid down situation there is nothing to stop them.