Bingo, sir.Am I concerned that the delivery guys are telling their criminal friends that I get these high dollar items delivered all the time? No, not at all.
I'm more concerned about the people who happen to drive past and notice the boxes in the garage when the door is open.
There is a difference between being aware and paranoid, being aware is watching for the UPS guy asking VERY specific questions (you will know when they are asked), and when they get to the point that make you feel uncomfortable, you end the conversation in a non obvious manor. Being paranoid is showing a defensive reaction to someones comments/questions that are not yet asserted as threatening questions. The major difference is how you handle the situation.Good conversation here, and good points made by all. Being "aware" isn't necessarily being "paranoid" it's just a good practice to be careful about whom you share your enthusiasm with and where.
Exactly.There is a difference between being aware and paranoid, being aware is watching for the UPS guy asking VERY specific questions (you will know when they are asked), and when they get to the point that make you feel uncomfortable, you end the conversation in a non obvious manor. Being paranoid is showing a defensive reaction to someones comments/questions that are not yet asserted as threatening questions. The major difference is how you handle the situation.
Thanks Mr. Link, I agree.Guys, I've deleted most of the last posts because they were off topic and basically just back and forth over a difference of opinion. I chose not to delete or lock this thread because I believe it has merit and there are many good points discussed, but we need to try to avoid the arguing, stay on topic, and be civil with each other.
Yet,Per my example, the UPS guy was asking very specific questions about my habits and firearms. This makes me feel uncomfortable, so I ended the conversation (what little there was). You weren't in my shoes, you didn't know how they were asked, and you don't know what other items may have been delivered to me by the same guy who can easily know what I have.
Your comfort level may be different than mine. The point of this thread is to raise the point of awareness in what you say and to who, and why you are being asked a line of questions.
Also, I can agree completely with this, because I didn't feel the particular example was sufficiently showing that the questions were unreasonable. Maybe the explanation was too brief, but that was just how I saw it.You gave away the fact that you have firearms when you said "I won't be answering any of your questions." If you would have said, "Oh, I'm an avid paintballer," or "I'm a photographer," nobody would ever know.
There is a difference between being aware and paranoid, being aware is watching for the UPS guy asking VERY specific questions (you will know when they are asked)
Exactly, and I completely agree - similar to what I said about using the internet in general. One can't throw themselves into these situations and expect them to change.I agree. If you're not going to talk about firearms, post pictures of firearms, in some way ADMIT that you OWN firearms, why are you on a firearms forum?
The best unconventional, guerilla tactics have always been from within whatever environment the topic is being applied to, not outside of them.Sometimes blending in is better than exclusion in cases such as this, get what I mean?
OPSEC, or Operational Security, essentially means not letting those that you don't know and trust know too much about you, who you are, keeping valuables out of sight, etc. I and others I've talked to have noticed an abundance of threads on here that ask for information: what firearms do you have, pics of your pets, what do you carry, where do you shoot ... the list is quite extensive. If I recall correctly, Joey Link has some pics of his vehicle and the license plate is visible -- it should be blurred. Posting images can reveal info about you, depending on the camera used. EXIF info is stored in the image header of JPG images (which most cameras use); it's easy to wipe this info out, but it's 1 more case of a digital trail.
Privacy should be a major concern for everyone, as the 4th Amendment is mocked by the injustice system, and your information can and will be used against you. As people get more desperate and the thin veil of "civilized" society dissipates, you'll also see a person's true character and integrity. People will use information for their gain and your harm.
Example: I ordered a gun case about 2 months ago, UPS delivered it. Ordered another one last week, same UPS driver delivered it. I went outside to get my package (more on that later), and the driver says to me "I have another gun case for you" and proceeds to ask me if I'm a hunter, what firearms I shoot, etc. I told him "I won't be answering any of your questions". This driver not only remembered what I ordered a few months ago, but he felt it was his business to ask me firearm related questions, which I, and most people, consider VERY personal questions. Firearms are very personal, very expensive, and can easily be sold for quick cash or used in crimes.
Never let anyone into your home you don't trust. UPS drivers, cable guys, etc. all could either be reporting what they find to the government, or much more likely is they could be casing your place for things to steal. I wish everyone was harmless, but that isn't reality and never will be. Procuring your safety requires daily vigilance; harm can happen to anyone at any time by any person using any means (usually lies, deceit, and force).
Something for everyone to think about as you create threads, post replies, and deal with people in your daily life.