If you haven’t seen National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers, you should; Season three to be specific. They aired an episode entitled “We Are the Marauders”. The episode features a man named Tyler Smith and his gang of friends. They call themselves “Spartan Survival”.
What’s so special about Mr. Tyler Smith and his pals you ask? They are not only planning, but also training with weapons to attack their fellow townsmen (or anyone really) before, during or after a disaster to ensure their survival.
Unsavory people are out there, and while you’re busy stockpiling, they’re buying guns and ammo and making plans to come for your supplies.
Special, doesn’t even begin to describe this man, as he went on national television and broadcast to the world that he and a few others are conspiring to commit crimes in the event of a disaster. Needless to say, Mr. Tyler, at the time of writing this, is probably regretting his 15 minutes of fame, as he was recently arrested, based on the episode.
“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.” source
Are marauders a credible threat?
Firstly, marauding is not a sustainable survival strategy. Just because you are better armed, or trained, does not mean you are better prepared. Even in good times, it won’t be long before you run into someone who’s better than you think you are. The notion that you can just move from place to place taking other people’s supplies is only workable in the movies, and even then, it doesn’t work for long.
In the event of a short term disaster, say a hurricane, help will come and all you will need is a very basic kit to keep you going until it does. But in a large scale scenario, there will be immediate conflict. Food/water, guns and ammunition will be the first to go, and as soon as these start to run out, make no mistake, people will turn on each other. In reality, the millions of un-prepped individuals out there will be the biggest threat.
Survivors will relocate to less populated areas that offer better chances of survival, places with fresh water and animals will be highly sought after, and there are only so many of these places. It stands to reason, that the people who would have made it this far will be well armed and trained, which doesn’t bode well for people with the mindset of Mr. Tyler.
The bottom line
So, as it turns out, preppers don’t just have to worry about looters, but also marauders? According to people with actual experience, if you’re spending all your time fighting, the end is near.