Preppers Unprepared for Burglars Who Steal Guns, Body Armor, Machetes

What’s the first rule of prepping? You do not talk about prepping. What’s the second rule of prepping? You do not talk about prepping…

Why is that? Well, unless you’re doing a public service like GunsAmerica founder Paul Helinski who puts out the most comprehensive and insightful survivalist series on the Internet, Prepping 101, you do not want to those in your immediate area to know that you are stocked up on guns, gear and food should we fall on hard times. The reason is obvious. You make yourself a target. Opportunistic thieves are always looking for a quick score, and if you’ve advertised or spoke publicly about your predilections for prepping, the fact that you have a cache of awesome guns in your basement, you may will end up on their radar.

Aside from keeping a low profile, the next best thing to do is to make sure the bulk of your guns and gear and other weapons are safely secured — like in a safe (check out our GunsAmerica buying guide for safes)! The more secured your stuff is, the harder time it is going to be for some thug to take it from you. That’s just common sense.

A Cleveland family may be learning that latter lesson the hard way after burglars snatched and grabbed their guns, knives, body armor, and other supplies last week while they were sleeping.

Teena Brayen and her husband explained to Fox 8 that the burglars probably got the bead on them when they were moving their stuff into their new house on Oct. 28 (they were moving down to Cleveland from New York). Apparently, once the thieves realized that the Brayens were sitting on a bunch of firearms, they waited for the right moment and struck. Judging by the wooden gun cases in the video above, which are great for show but do not do much in terms of secure storage, it was easy pickings for the criminals.

Now, Teena is worried about what will become of the firearms and the miscreants who stole them.

“These guys are prepared for war now, they have seven guns, seven,” Brayen said.

“Our military personnel, especially, and our police officers because they wear bullet proof vests. We have a gun out there that can pierce them and go through cars. All you have got to do is aim it,” she continued. “They took all of our ammo. With the ammunition that they’ve got, they’re good for a good year with that ammunition.”

Obviously, she’s a little uneducated about firearms and ammunition because, technically speaking, there are a lot of common calibers, including many popular hunting cartridges, that can pierce a car door or go through the various levels of body armor. The big issue isn’t the type ammo or rifle, rather it’s the fact that now there are more armed criminals on the street.

Hopefully, Teena and her husband learn from this incident. They ought to adopt a new home defense plan, invest in a solid safe, an alarm system, and maybe even a watchdog. Because you can prepare all you want, but if your stuff is not properly protected, it’s as good as gone — and that’s the truth whether it’s pre-collapse or post collapse.

On a related note, Paul wrote an excellent article on low-budget perimeter alarms that really delves into the mindset one should have when it comes to protecting the homestead. This particular excerpt highlighted below is true whether you are on a farm or in an apartment.

If you have a bugout location already picked out, your most valuable resource in to think like trapper. If you have never looked into this hobby and profession, the trap is never about where you think the animal might walk. Successful trappers learn the art of guiding the animal into the trap. You do this by creating a path of easy travel surrounded by paths of difficult travel, without it looking like the situation was created for the trap.

Know the most common entry and egress points of your home. Guard them and monitor them and secure them well. Doing this will go a long way to stopping scumbags before they can even set foot through the door.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Dr Motown December 6, 2016, 7:30 am

    A “.305?” Never heard of that caliber….

  • Billybob December 3, 2016, 7:23 am

    New York ! Moving into a house with a steel storm door ,should have been your first sign the neighborHOOD was bad ! Bet she had an NRA sign on her car & house (advertising )! Bet she showed off the guns while moving in (no blanket covering them )! Bet she had the neighbors over or her kids did ! Who in their right mind has an open gun case to show off their guns these days ! Bet they come back and rob her again ! Watch DEATH WISH 3 !Google // Youtube /// Spray Can Booby Trap !

  • Derek December 3, 2016, 1:21 am

    I come from a relatively poor country where its normal to leave the back door unlocked. A neighbor may need to borrow something. Aren’t you sad to live in fear? How did the USA get to this?

  • Billybob December 3, 2016, 12:09 am

    Just thank of what it will be like when the BOTTOM DROPS OUT ?
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  • Randy Crawford December 2, 2016, 6:43 pm

    Looks like Radar O’Reilly’s sister, ready for the Darwin Award.

  • BRASS December 2, 2016, 2:37 pm

    If you’re a serious prepper, you should have a room of sufficient size to hold those things essential to survival and personal/home protection plus all persons residing there fortified to withstand serious attempts to break into it. Spending thousands on weapons, ammo, food, water and other preps should come after a space that can sustain you and your preps for at least a week against all disasters natural or otherwise.
    Interior walls, floor and ceiling lined with heavy materials that aren’t flammable secured by doors (and windows if any) that can withstand small caliber weapons, provide ventilation, water and bathroom facilities should be the first expenditure. Otherwise, they’re just a storehouse for whomever wants to take what they have or whatever natural disaster threatens them.
    One should be prepared to bug in, before one prepares to bug out.

  • Clint Torrez December 2, 2016, 12:17 pm

    could be they thought about their previous stupid you tube postings displaying all the stuff they have […and realized that big brother is a-watchin’..]and they wished they hadn’t done that. “But fortunately, a bunch of thieves came along and took all their guns, and all the ammo too, so now they ain’t got no guns, and no ammo neither…” wink, wink…

  • Rex December 2, 2016, 9:46 am

    If you’re not prepared to defend yourself, your possessions and house while you’re in it, you are not a prepper. These folks are boobs. I highly doubt this story is true.

  • Christopher Lowers December 2, 2016, 8:48 am

    The video comes across as a propaganda film. If not fiction, thier first mistake was moving to Cleveland. Secondly, a failure to secure the residence.

  • Lance December 2, 2016, 8:06 am

    They had a good steel security screen door in the video unless it was put on after the robbery. Almost makes you wonder if somebody accidentally left the door open and the thieves waltzed right in. They knew where the guns and other items were kept too, just sounds too easy. Not smart to keep your guns in a display cabinet like people used to do which is what they had. The wife is way too open about what they have it seems. Like someone mentioned earlier, not all there.

  • Infidel7.62 December 2, 2016, 8:04 am

    This is a fake story if there ever was one. A complete put up job just to make gun owners look bad. She probable has never even seen a real gun except in a police officers holster.

  • stephen stewart December 2, 2016, 7:43 am

    Their pictures must show next to several words in the dictionary; ‘moron’ & ‘idiot’ come to mind!

  • Matt Van Camp December 2, 2016, 6:57 am

    That’s what happens when you live in a communist-behaving state like California… Those items have little value to thieves, when they’re readily available and commonplace. Her speaking like that, towards the end of the video is ridiculous when those thieves could go to a store and buy this gear… Now, just watch; the legislature and proponents of gun control and body armor bans will use this emotionally-charged video to rev-up people and get bans for guns passed by a mouth-foaming mob of liberal tree-huggers, like those that Bloomberg and Gates are financing…

  • JD MAK December 2, 2016, 6:45 am

    Although it’s admittedly unfair to judge her sanity from a short news clip, the poor gal didn’t seem to be “all there”. Gathering from what I saw, this is likely just the first of many misadventures in their new digs. So sad.

  • SuperG November 29, 2016, 12:17 pm

    Sounds like they were close by…maybe across the street.

  • American November 29, 2016, 8:51 am

    I’m all for being prepared ,I have a good supply of every thing I need.I also have a safe.Yes I keep a weapon close by but I don’t advertise what I’m doing. You have to think of everything and then think again. A theft is a hard loss to recover from,and I hope these people get there stolen items returned.

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