could solar panels make you a target?
One of the downsides I see to having an array of solar panels on your roof is that it’s a blatant advertisement that you have something that others do not (electricity) in a severe collapse. I can’t help but think that it makes you a bit of a target…
What are your thoughts?
I've often wondered that too. Another thing that would seem to make you a target – having battery-powered lights on in your house when every other single house in your neighborhood is dark.
- A vehicle that runs.
- The sound of a generator; other sounds.
- The glow of a fire, or smoke.
- The smell of food cooking
- Dressing well when others' clothes are shabby.
- Unusually good boots or shoes (origin of the phrase "well heeled")
- Stable body weight when others are hungry.
Location, Location, Location
Proximity to a major road or highway will make you a target of convenience. So even though I live in a rural location, the fact that I am close to a major road makes me a target. Having a driveway that is maintained makes me a target. Having a small pond with overflow going toward the road makes me a target. Having large apple trees will make me a target. Having a large garden will make me a target.
But the over-riding reason that I WILL be targeted is that my home can be seen from the road and a small group of desperate folks would easily consider us a target of convenience.
This is the case in a severe collapse as well as just very difficult times. No money means no water, no food, no shelter! That equals desperation. The more folks who are desperate, the more likely that they will attempt an act of desperation.
If this sounds like you, plan accordingly. 😉
It is unfortunate but I believe things as PV panels (and some of the others mentioned) could make one a target if the SHTF. Even in a less dramatic scenario, they could look pretty tempting to thieves. Heck, guys have been stripping out and stealing copper piping for years now.
That said, I think the reward outweighs the risk. If the SHTF would you prefer to be a potential target or would you prefer to be without water, food, power, etc. As a previous poster mentioned, one can take steps to make oneself a hard target.
FWIW, I've been very happy with the ROI on my PV system so far. I should hit my payback point at about the 13 year mark. And that is in the unlikely scenario in which electricity prices do not rise over the next decade.
I think the best protection is knowing your neighbors. As things go south watch for opportunities to help those around you even if it means weakening your overall resilience (e.g. dipping into stored food to feed an unprepared neighbor). At the risk of broaching a controversial subject, I'm surprised by how many people consider owning a few guns their main line of home defense. To be sure I am not anti-gun, but I also don't think they will help as much as proponents expect. A gun is not a defensive tool, it's an offensive weapon. Unless you have the gun with you at all times it is more of a liability than an asset and if you do have it with you at all times there are other safety concerns. Furthermore, if someone was planning to attack your house to take what you have chances are they too will be armed and they won't show up alone. It's impossible to defend all sides of your home at once. Well engaged in a stand off with a gunman out front, someone else can break in your back door.
I say get the solar panels, grow the garden, build a stockpile of long-term-storage food. Don't flaunt what you have, and come what may you will be better off. If someone sees your panels as a chance to charge an old iPod and hear some music for a few minutes, invite them in and offer them a beer while they're there. Now you have one more ally. Most people are inherently good.
Actually being a solar target for the sun is the best idea. Not certain that an Armegeddon event would produce a host of 'night of the living dead' zombies descending upon all the solar powered people. But you can bet that if I see them coming down my street, I'll jump up on the roof with my boy scout field mirror and blind those suckers.
Anytime in the history of the world, anyone who has ever had the foresight to prepare for an upcoming calamity has become a target.
I agree with GM_Man. Prepare accordingly;-).
I also agree with Thetallestmanonearth. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, know your neighbors, find ways to help and protect one another. Keep your cards close to your chest.
One of the downsides I see to having an array of solar panels on your roof is that it's a blatant advertisement that you have something that others do not (electricity) in a severe collapse. I can't help but think that it makes you a bit of a target…
What are your thoughts?
Not really.. In our region there are many home roofs with installed panels..Yes in other cities it turns out to be point of attention..
You have to remember that most solar array's are grid tied, particularly in the city or in the suburbs. If things get really bad and power goes out, your solar array power goes with it. Grid tied arrays have a safety switch installed so that they do not back feed the grid in a power outage. An off grid array, more likely out in the open country, will not have that safety device and would be more of a target. Having an off grid array would thus make you more of a "target" as you put it.