Does that seem a bit extreme?
Not to me as if someone is working for your good they are an asset, if not they are a threat to both your personal security and your safety.
So how would you find out which they are i.e. friend or foe?
It starts off with a basic Q&A with yourself which should include :-
What is your history and past interaction with them?
Have you had any problems (resolved or still ongoing)?
Are they just neighbors, acquaintances, or friends?
Are they people you spend leisure time with?
Are they helpful, TRUSTWORTHY, and RELIABLE?
Do you move within their groups of friends? Are they “OK”?
Are the neighbors and their friends like-minded with respect to the ideals of prepping?
How much do they REALLY know about you and how much of that is the truth or your ‘alter ego’ i.e. your GRAY MAN persona?
Which one do they know you as?
If you can’t answer any of the above without any shred of doubt, or even just have doubts, safety alone should change their status from asset to threat.
I’m not talking about blundering in saying “Hey I’m a prepper, what do you think about that?” That’s just plain stupid as is discussing your plans with anyone.
With thought and careful conversation you can generally work people out regarding their thoughts, values, trustworthiness, and reliability. Problem is it all takes time, care, and planning.
The label “Threat”.
Sounds extreme doesn’t it but I’m not talking building a wall between you and them or waging war. It’s all about you making a threat assessment. It can be useful to know where you stand.
The UK Police run anti terrorist hot lines [Source].
This website asks that you look out for the unusual – some activity or behaviour which strikes you as not quite right and out of place in your normal day to day lives. You may feel it’s probably nothing, but unless you trust your instincts and tell us we won’t be able to judge whether the information you have is important or not. Remember, no piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.
So, you being seen stockpiling foodstuff, fuel, PPE, medical supplies, etc, MAY give a “twitchy” or just plain nasty neighbor the excuse to draw unwelcome attention to you.
Yet am I only talking about the authorities? No, not at all.
After all the old signs of WW2 said “Careless talk costs lives”.