Was a “Prepper” Targeted in Travelers Rest Burglary?
Looking at the list of items taken I’d say yes. I’d also say that it’s probably an inside job or at least a job put together by people who were aware of what was to be gained. Most thieves will tell you they don’t have that kind of luck and few are ready to move such a large haul on short notice.
From the TR Tribune:
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Items valued at nearly $60,000 were stolen from a residence in northern Greenville County on Thursday, say officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Sometime between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., a home located on Ledbetter Road was entered while the owner, who wishes not to be identified, was away.
According to the incident report, jewelery and precious metals valued in excess of $52,000, firearms valued in excess of $6,000, a laptop computer, and a video game system were taken from the home.
The precious metals and firearms are a dead giveaway. I own several guns (three shotguns, two revolvers and my favorite toy a Rossi Ranch Hand in .45 LC) and all together my collection might be worth $2,000 on a good day if I didn’t beat my guns up all to hell. I paid less than $200 for two of my shotguns and got my Ranch Hand on sale at Academy.
“Assault” rifles however run $1,200 average and other “tacticool” weapons favored by new blood preppers are very valuable. I myself am a long time prepper and don’t like such mall ninjary, but to each his own.
As for the precious metals (notice not just gold, but likely silver and platinum) the fact that this person kept them at home means he knows that owning gold on paper is a scam. Good for him. But gold in your house can be stolen. Also while precious metals are a great hedge on inflation that will make you lots of money during inflationary periods it is not actually useful in emergencies. You can find my thoughts on gold as a “prep” in a article I wrote in ’09 called White Gold: Rethinking Wealth in a Post-Collapse Society. In summery I point out that you should sell gold on the spikes and use the profits to buy seeds, chickens, barter goods and other wealth generation instruments.
I’m betting this guy in Travelers Rest wishes he thought of that now. Or that he invested in a safe.
Police say they have no suspects but my crime blogger sense is tingling and says one of his “friends” in the prepping world needed cash (you’d be surprised how many preppers I meet with drug habits) and put this job together. OPSEC people! Or work from home and jealously guard your hoard of treasure like I do.