How to Cache, Hide, And Camouflage Your Property From Looters

Today’s article is about how to cache, hide and camouflage your property, also known as OPSEC. OPSEC is essential for every prepper( OPSEC stands for Operation Security, that’s a military term), and it basically means you must keep your stockpile secure from privy eyes.

The first rule of OPSEC is that you don’t talk about your stash! The same goes for the second rule and the third rule! Loose lips can sink ships and the whole nine yards, you know the drill!

The fewer people know about your prepping endeavor, the better. As a general rule of thumb, never store your stuff in visible places. Also, you don’t have to brag to your friends, co-workers and neighbors about your stash, or about the cool things you own. I must make a special emphasis on this stupid habit: don’t put pictures of your gear on Facebook, Instagram or wherever. In the best case scenario, you might be laughed at and mocked for being a crazy prepper; worst case scenario, you may end up reported to Homeland Security for terrorist activities, or robbed.

But, in a SHTF situation, guess what , it gets even worse:  you’ll be a piggy bank for all the people out there who know about your stash, people who are not prepared to deal with a disaster, and that makes for the vast majority of Americans.  Are you ready to share your survival stash with total strangers, or you’d prefer to do that with your family and your friends? Will you be able to say no to them? Are you willing to defend your stockpile at gunpoint against the hordes of hungry and desperate people? The easiest way to prevent these unpleasant (to say the least) things from happening is to keep your pie hole shut! If your friends and co-workers are making fun of those crazy preppers, join them, make fun of them too, don’t let anybody know that you’re one of the “chosen ones”.

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Obviously, you must instruct your family members about OPSEC too, and especially your kids.   Nowadays, public schools are questioning the kids about their parents’ activities i.e. if they have guns and stuff, and even FBI started to ask questions about folks buying in bulk crazy stuff like food and ammo; preppers are now associated with domestic terrorism! I mean, we’re living in a crazy world or what?  In the land of the free, home of the brave, refusing  to be dependent upon the government is now regarded as domestic terrorism!

So, keep your mouth shut at all times and do what you have to do. It’s nobody’s business what are you doing on your property, or what you have stored inside of your house, whether it’s water, food or guns. It’s your constitutional right to do it, so just do it. Again, don’t take pictures of your stash, especially if you’re a gun enthusiast and NEVER put them on the Internet, on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. I know it’s fun to do it and to compare what you have with other preppers, but you may become a target, not only for those unprepared, but for our own government that’s supposed to protect us.

Trust me, I’m not exaggerating and I am not over reacting, just read the news. In case you did not know, in case of emergencies, the US government has the right to come into your home and confiscate your extra food supplies, and I am sure they’ll do that if presented with the “opportunity”. Remember Katrina? In case you don’t remember or you did not know, various government agencies confiscated people’s guns with no reason but for the “good, safety and security” of … I don’t know exactly whom. I can’t grasp the concept of disarming people and letting them at the mercy of looters and burglars that always show up in the aftermath of natural disasters/society collapse.

In case of a SHTF situation, you should not rely on the government to protect you. You’ll be on your own, at least temporarily, and your family will depend upon you for food, protection and shelter. Obviously, we all hope that day will never come, but it’s better to be prepared for the worst case scenario while hoping for the best. Which brings us to today’s article: DIY ways to hide your stockpile, whether it’s firearms or supplies.

To begin with, the coolest thing to have in your house is tactical walls. A tactical wall can be described as a hidden compartment used for storing…well, anything, ranging from guns and ammo to food or other valuables (gold, cash, etc). To begin with, here’s a cool video on how to DIY tactical walls (hidden compartments) for storing survival gear with magnetic locks. If you want to scoop for more ideas about tactical walls, just click here. This guys have a lot of gear to sell, yet you can “borrow” a few cool ideas from them absolutely free of charge.

Another idea would be to DIY a stealth/concealed shelf. And here’s the tutorial. Also, check out this video about secret compartments in the house, including concealed cabinets, secret compartment tables, couch bunkers, and hidden storage places in the floor. And yet again, another cool idea for stair storage, check it out. When it comes to stashing your survival cache outdoors, there are plenty of options, with the only limit being your creativity. Think along the lines of abandoned wells, hollow stumps, inside old tires, suspended high-up in an evergreen tree (wrapped in camouflage tarps) or buried somewhere near, in an out-of-commission chimney, in your car, and so on and so forth. For a ton of hidden storage solution ideas, check this out too.

Obviously, when you’re contemplating building a secret storage compartment or whatever, you’ll have to first determine what are you trying to hide, and size plays a big role in this equation.  Accessibility is another matter, i.e. if you’re trying to hide a weapon for self defense somewhere in the house, you’ll have to do it in such a way that you’d have quick access to it, in case an intruder shows up. Another thing to remember when building hidden caches for your survival gear is not to put all of your eggs in one basket, i.e. the more survival caches you have (preferably in different locations), the better. For example, here’s an interesting tutorial on how to DIY an underground secret storage, hidden in plain view basically. If you’re going to bury (or store outdoors) your survival gear, it’s important to choose the container carefully and remember that moisture is a prepper’s biggest enemy. Waterproof plastic and metal (like aluminum or stainless steel) containers are the best, the likes of garbage cans/barrels, pelican cases and similar stuff.

I hope the article helped. If you have other ideas or comments, feel free to express yourself using the dedicated section below.

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Chris Black is a born and bred survivalist. He used to work as a contractor for an intelligence service but now he is retired and living off the grid, as humanly possible. An internet addict and a gun enthusiast, a libertarian with a soft spot for the bill of rights and the Constitution, a free market idealist, he doesn't seem very well adjusted for the modern world. You can send Chris a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com.

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  • I am disabled and I would like to help other disabled people think this stuff out. However. I don’t know how to start a blog or etc to give people ideas without compromising the security of my plans. Any ideas?

    • Well I am glad you are thinking like this; paranoid and proud of it. Wish I had ideas, I am waiting for someone to reply to your question. I am disabled but still ambulatory. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to be ABLE to have learned this stuff when we were young and powerful?

      Thing is, most people are the fitness level I am now. UGH. No wonder we have listless, complaisant, obese, down trodden highly educated neighbors.

      I am assuming you are talking about those who can not walk, or run, or crawl or see or hear?

      I’d love to hear your ideas…What is compromising the security of your plans? Your home? I’ll watch for replies…thanks for asking this question.

      • I was born with cerebral palsy. So, learning this before I was disabled would have been impossible. Stormy, I think I have ideas about how to hide water that probably no one has thought about but if I go listing them online people will be thinking of them. I am unfortunately in an apartment so I am fairly certain that my neighbors will come demanding that I give them what they can find at some point after the SHTF .

        Talking about my ideas too in-depth or putting how to hide water videos on YouTube would be comprising security and in my case I am pretty sure that whatever isn’t well hidden will be taken

        • You don’t have to put your real name on your youtube account or blog. Make one with a pen name and share/help others as much as you want. I think it’s a wonderful idea to do so.

    • I am also disabled and can barely walk around the house holding on to the walls and furniture. I can go short distances with my Canadian crutches. I live with my 85 year old mother who is also barely able to walk. I do stock up a little on food and water but when the SHTF, how will we survive? I myself am 65 and was a RN before becoming disabled gradually by post polio syndrome and spinal anomalies. We barely get by financially and the only help we have is my less disabled brother and his very disabled wife. My son lives three states away so in a crisis, that’s no help, On the event that it would be safer to move to a safer location, we cannot do that. So it is fearful to be in this situation and handicapped.

  • Hello again, Chris . . . Another Good – No, Valuable Article from your pen. You provide some really good suggestions – and “food for thought” . . . My two primary rules are 1.) No Talking -or- showing anything of your prep items – period. 2.) Making your facilities, especially hiding places, inconspicuous or better yet, invisible – This is an art. It will require a good deal of pondering and planning.- but is necessary. Example: my storage facility is a well constricted greenhouse (10 X 16) with a “root Cellar” accessable. Outside it looks like a junk pile, but it is well constructed, heated, insulated, and has facilities for cooking, living and sleeping. It is way out back in the orchard, and has No beaten trail to it. It has food, fuel, clothing, supplies, and other essentials. You could not find our place in 10 years of searching, So, I am Not worried. Defense weapons are another matter – concealed carry at home is More vital than anywhere else. Bedroom: Try an old (but looks good) CRT TV with a hinged back – close to sleeping bed. Lots more to consider. Thank You, Chris.

  • I’d love to see your hideyhole. Have you considered the satellite data they are able to get? They can SEE heated underground structures. A greenhouse as an above ground ruse is good, it will attract attention. That is the only problem. Greenhouses will be like neon lit DINERS in the future. So you would be scrutinized very closely. And hungry, thirsty people, animals have supernatural scrutiny, sense of smell, sight and hearing…

    No cooking odors allowed. That would be a big billboard. You need to get used to your own smell and how to cover it up. Using dried dung and soil for one. Toothpaste and soap can be smelled afar even by humans. Not to mention bad habits like tobacco… Growing weed? That can be detected hundreds of yards away by humans. Even with filters.

    The best thing to do is to have no attractions whatsoever. No greenhouse. No heated buildings. greenhouses need to be hidden. Good luck with that. Solar panels, hidden.

    Lights hidden.

    Generator noise hidden or gone.

    No smells of cooking.

    Hide your horses, chickens (get rid of the poor roosters…sigh, keep your dogs trained to be quiet until you give them the signal. If you have beef, pigs (love these guys) get them hidden and able to run. Indoor cats? Give them secret spot to go hide such as between floors or to get outside when you open the tunnel door.

    We are devising ‘GILLY SUITS’ for a few run to and hide spots…gilly suits for the camouflage spots.

    Trap door, tunnels, ways to close off tunnels to entrap idiots, trip wires, the bunnies have mined this land full of little ankle breakers.

    Gotta have; Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D and as far down the alphabet you are able to make plans.

    If you aren’t practicing a few scenarios, if you do not have a gun, worse, if you have a gun or rifle and no training, if you think you will be protecting yourself and your family from TERRORISTS in turbans with gnarly suntans, you are insane.

    If you think for a second that having NO GUNS allowed at all is a good thing? I wanna know who you are so I can stay away from you…Dumb and even more foolish. Turn the other cheek and God will protect you?

    It is tough to practice or think about and plan for an event (sure to happen sooner than later) when life has been so…on the surface comfortable. If a person is maxed out with stress there is no way they will be able to learn, to know and to prepare for SHTF stuff. So do not try to explain to family and friends…they will not be able to hear your words. Does that make sense? Get prepared to kill military, police, your neighbors if you want to survive. Not Muslims…good grief.. A gun is worthless unless you know it well enough to become an extension of you. I still would make sure I had one and got informed enough to expect having to shoot people you just might know. Get a mind set. Or you and your family are dead..

    • Stormy, Do Not Think “HIDDEN” – Think Diversion or false Image. Our “Greenhouse” looks like a large collection of used building materials – you would Never think “Greenhouse” to see it. Remember the magician’s trick of diverted attention – Left hand active – attention getting; Right hand does the “trick”. Insulation (Think R-21 +) will mask a lot of infrared signature – a Lot ! Smells and sounds are easily masked or diverted. Just analyze what you are doing – carefully..

  • “Get rid of your roosters…”. They can have the vocal chords cut (cruel, I know, but when tshtf it may be necessary). Mind, I don’t know how to do it, but I’ve read, Indians in So Am do it so enemy warriors can’t find their village so easily, ergo, how hard coudl it be, (better ask a Veterinarian, don’t just experiment, lol)

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