Out today making arrangements for the bow and arrow weekend. Looks like I may have a place. I’m off there Monday to look at the available land and see if any is suitable. Anyway, talking to the guy about our Bushcraft and Camping group, whistle innocently. He seemed quite interested and was more than happy for letting the land be used for something interesting if there is somewhere suitable.
During my search I was visiting another large farm about a mile from a small village and 7 miles from the outskirts of a small city. I was talking to the landowner and I commented it must be quiet out here and what he said surprised me quite a bit. It seems that it may be quite as in the literal sense it is far from quiet in reality. It seems that there are regular visits from criminals to the countryside and they steal everything from tractors and farm machinery to farm animals and produce. They even break into people houses and steal their possessions. This farmer has a farm shop and he explained that his wife was help hostage and robbed a few years ago. These are people that have licensed shotguns and firearms. The fear of prosecution like Tony Martin means that the scum are not scared to take what only a decade ago was unacceptable risk. Thank you our useless justice system.
They are pretty close to civilisation but from what he was saying it makes me think again about being able to avoid scavengers after an event out in the countryside. It seems that they may be more of an issue than we originally thought. Obviously without Plod to protect them they will be less of an issue in that respect but more of an issue as in they know where all the buildings are and are not afraid to steal from there knowing that you have limited backup.
It won’t make much difference to me and my plans but for those on small holdings or farms not too far from a large group of people then you should consider beefing up your passive defences. The farmer I was talking to has built outhouses around his home and the place looks more like a castle now than a farm house. One thing I did notice was that the place was surrounded by tall hedges and mext to the hedges those trenches with grids to stop cows and animals wandering off. Simply remove the grills or cover them up and you have some nice ankle breakers with the bad guys stuck the wrong side of a hedge with a beefy farmer. A not very happy beefy farmer.