Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Theft on the UpSwing?
There are of course many stages of a decline/collapse we must go through and as we have discovered different areas go through the stages at different times and severity. Even areas fairly close to each other will have variances. I took a short drive to a smallish city I had not visited in several months this weekend and noticed the number of vacant retail and other locations had again risen dramatically.
Last year around here we seemed to have a huge increase in the number of farm thefts especially hay bales of all things. Most people unassociated with keeping livestock may think that hay is a funny thing to be stealing but when fodder and feed become scarce you can make some big money transporting hay to stricken areas and selling it.
This year apparently thieves seem to be targeting farm equipment, trailers, scrap metal and other commodities whenever possible. Regionally live stock prices are not real high and it was a boom year for most feed and hay producers which has lead thieves to targeting other items.
A combine had it's entire front assembly removed last week a few miles down the road when it was left in the field they were going to harvest next. I have heard reports of several trailers full of firewood for sale mysteriously disappearing and read a report of an entire tractor trailer load of walnuts being stolen, apparently someone with a rig just pulled in and hooked up to the fully loader trailer and drove off with it.
Despite my best efforts at leaving signs no one has stolen the nags out in the hayfield yet though.
I came across this article over at ZeroHedge this morning.
Why is An Epidemic of Thievery Sweeping America
I am reminded of the same reports coming out of Spain and Greece last year. Theft of agricultural produce and commodities became rampant as their economies declined.
It maybe time to up your security levels even for us more rural folks.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!