Community Security Checklist

A friend suggested that I write an article about the things I’d do to prepare my community.  All talk of “action” aside, there are a handful of tasks that each of us should be doing in order to prepare to protect our communities and ourselves.  I’ve prepared a JPEG (download here) for anyone who’d like to print it off as a reminder.  Hand them out to your friends, family, or team members.  Before anyone takes a step towards his own Lexington Green, he should first focus on these things in order to a) ensure that he has a support zone (if his family’s neighbors don’t support his plan, he doesn’t have a support zone); b) ensure that his family will be protected; and c) ensure that he has done what he can to prepare his family and community at the very basic level.

Security, as we all know, is nothing more than a psychological construct.  If we feel secure, then we believe that weare secure.  I could feel 100% secure in my own kitchen, but if I don’t know about the two gunmen hiding in my living room, then I’m not really secure (although I might feel happy and secure!).  I lock my doors at night because it makes me feel secure, but that won’t stop a determined criminal.  You could lock all the doors and windows in your home, but if your gas fireplace or propane tank explodes then those locks did nothing to protect you.  If you double check all the door and window locks, and ensure that the propane is turned off and not leaking, but if your wife plans to kill you while you’re sleeping, then you may have felt secure but you really weren’t.  The TSA, security cameras and police fool people into believing they’re secure; “security” is a sham.

The mind is deceitful.  We believe things because we want to believe that they’re true (or false).  We will go out of our way to find information, no matter how infrequently we find it, that supports our claim.  It’s the superiority delusion.  Nine out of ten drivers believe they’re above average drivers.  Four of them are wrong about themselves, conflating personal experiences and other information because they want to believe that about themselves.  And we all want to believe that we are more secure than we really are.

Chances are very good that if you aren’t doing the things on this checklist, then you’re deluding yourself into believing that you and your family are more secure than you really are.  After all, you don’t want to feel secure, you want to be protected.  Completing even parts of this checklist will increase the ability for you to make preparations to protect yourself and others, and for others to protect you or your family.  This checklist contains only intelligence tasks.  There’s little need to get into anything other than intelligence on this blog.

Intelligence Requirements.

Intelligence Requirements are the focus of our intelligence collection.  Before we go collect anything, we should know our intelligence requirements and work towards answering them.  Developing your own list of intelligence requirements is absolutely one of the critical intelligence tasks when protecting your community.  Tons of info on intelligence requirements can be found here and here.  I know I harp on developing intel requirements and it’s for a reason: if you don’t know exactly what to collect you won’t do a good job of collecting it.


Developing liaisons with officials in your community and beyond is critical.  They are often the first to hear of future plans that will affect your community; they’re probably the ones planning to affect your community.  These people are elected representatives, civil servants who have official duties, and law enforcement personnel.  We need to identify who are friendly to the Constitution and who are opposed to it, and then we need to inform and influence those who believe as we believe.  The fastest way to do that is through what’s called cueing.  Using MICE/RCRASCLS, and other tools that I’ve decided to teach in an advanced course, all we may have to do is recruit one individual who fervently believes in the Constitution.  While building significant rapport and trust, I illustrate to this individual that our beliefs are aligned, and then I actively support him in the accomplishment of his goals.  (Reciprocation: we help him achieve his goals, and he is more likely to help us to achieve ours.  What are our goals?  If he doesn’t believe in your plan, then he’s unlikely to aid you.)  Once this individual is recruited into my network, then if he’s not already taking the initiative, we come to the conclusion that we need to identify others whose beliefs are aligned with ours.  This isn’t done in one day, or one week, or one month; we may spend six months building rapport and trust with an individual and still fail in recruiting him.  By developing a relationship with a member of the city council, or county commission, or Sheriff’s Department (or any other organization), what have we just done?  We’ve just created a legitimate foothold into that organization; we’ve established a beach head.  From there, I don’t have to take the time, resources, and risks to recruit anyone else in that organization, especially those I don’t know.  I cue the new member to do that, and he will because he believes in what we’re doing and knows that it’s in his best ideological interest, or because he’s motivated by whatever MICE/RC factors I’m leaning on.

What are the first steps in all of this?  Go out and meet these people.  Don’t try to be James Bond, just talk with them.  Build rapport by being courteous and credible.  Build trust by being consistent and committed.  Politicians will do anything for a vote, so invite him or her to get some exposure at your neighborhood barbeque this summer.  Find out where he buys groceries and bump into him at the produce section.  Be the person he wants to include in his network, and you’ve just gotten him into yours (through reciprocation).  But I digress…

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