Road Block Tactics that all Preppers Must Know Prepper Security

In today’s video you’re going to
learn how to mount effective roadblocks after shtf
using tactics that many people just don’t think about. A roadblock that could
keep infected people out of your community during a pandemic, or just keep
marauders out and repel attacks. Right after channel intro: Okay let’s set
the scenario here: let’s say that shtf has happened and a pandemic is
sweeping across the country, and you have to keep infected people out of your
community. Or let’s just say a breakdown of the rule of law has also happened and
you also have to keep unfriendly people out of your community to keep your
community safe. So let’s just take a look at one of the tactics that you could use
as a first line of defense for your community (and notice that I said ONE and
NOT the only ONE. Okay real quick, the disclaimer: don’t use these tactics unless it is
total SHTF and a total breakdown of the rule of law. Also I am NOT a master
military tactician, nor am I trying to pass myself off as one. I’m just trying
to give you some ideas that you could possibly use. But regarding
roadblocks after SHTF: one of the things that you have to think about: is
this roadblock that you’re wanting to do, is this roadblock
only going to last a couple of days? Or do you think you’re gonna need this
roadblock for months if not years on end? Because if this roadblock is going to be
a pretty permanent fixture outside of your community, then the people that you
have manning this roadblock are going to need to have a place where they can stay
out of the weather, and also have a place to safely use the restroom etc.
Think of it this way: if you would not want to get stuck out
in the open during all night long during a cold rainy 40 degree night, then don’t
expect the people that you have manning that roadblock to want to do the same
thing themselves. The more miserable a person is at a checkpoint, the more they
will start doing other things to take their mind off of their misery;
which will make them a lot less effective. So just one of the things to
consider at your roadblock is that if you’re going to keep that roadblock
there for a good long time, then you might want to start building guard
shacks; or find people in your community that have those quick pop-up canopies.
And besides making sure that you have enough food and water for your people
that are manning your roadblock during their rotating shifts, your people
manning that roadblock also need to be able to have radio communication and
communication with the rest of your community security team from that
roadblock. So I believe having radio communication for this is an absolute
must. And obviously in a situation like this you would want to use codes that
your community has made up that you would use over the radio for up OPSEC.
Now this is something that a lot of people don’t think about when they are
doing a roadblock of some kind, and this is dependent upon the
situation, but you may want to consider doing some kind of a
warning to people that they are about to approach your roadblock. And you also
want to place your roadblock in an area where people can stop if they have to
suddenly stop for your roadblock. I say this because I remember a story that I
heard on SouthernPrepper1’s channel. And I hope I remember the story
correctly, but he was saying that in the the military (I think it was in Iraq or
Afghanistan or one of those places) but the military had put a roadblock or a
checkpoint at the bottom of a pretty steep hill. And what happened was this
truck start barreling down that hill, and this truck was not responding to the
commands that the military was giving to stop or they were going to blow up his
truck or shoot his truck/ Now you have to remember: this was during a time where
there was a lot of terrorists and suicide bombers that were getting in
vehicles and then driving that vehicle to the roadblock and blowing it up, so
obviously the military was taking this very seriously.
So obviously this truck was coming down this hill it, and it was not responding to their
commands to stop, so before the truck reached the roadblock, they end up lighting it up. And I
think it killed it the driver and/or the inhabitants inside the
truck. But what they ended up finding out was was that that truck had no brakes.
That truck did not know that when it started going
down the hill, that at the bottom of that hill was a roadblock. So as that truck
come down that hill, the driver sees the roadblock, but he can’t stop because he
has no brakes. So, there’s something else to consider: that after shtf,
how long before there’s cars being driven that are just barely drivable,
that can barely get a person from point A to point B? How long before people
start driving junkers? So that’s just something that you would have to keep in
mind when doing a roadblockl you don’t want unnecessary death. So anyways, a good
place to set up a roadblock is where the terrain naturally
chokes the people together and keeps them on the road and also keeps them closer
together. A good example of this is having a roadblock or a checkpoint
(whichever you want it to be) but having that at the end of a bridge, because as
people approach your roadblock, that bridge (being how it has a drop-off on
both sides and water on both sides) that bridge forces people to remain on the
road as they approach your checkpoint. And also ideally you want your roadblock
to provide cover for your people that are manning your roadblock, but also doesn’t provide
cover for people that are approaching your roadblock.
Now excuse my very amateur computer drawing here, but it should help to get
the point across. Now ideally you would like to have natural terrain (such as
steep hills on both sides of the road) to keep your enemy from being able
to fan out, but if you don’t have the luxury of that, then you can at least
force them out into the open and deny them cover should an enemy start
attacking your road block (as depicted in this photo). And then, like I stated a
minute ago, ensure that your people have cover that they
can retreat to should they start being attacked by an overwhelming force. And
you can do this by using sandbags, or a wooded area (that is depicted in this
photo. Now in the area leading up to your roadblock that any potential
unfriendlies would be approaching from, you want things (either natural
or whatever you have to place in there) to try to force their vehicles or people walking to stay on that road. Doing this helps to keep them from
circumventing your roadblock. And again, if you don’t have steep terrain on both
sides of your road that you could use to your advantage, then just use your
imagination. Can you role tree stumps on the each side of the road that would be enough to damage cars if they try to leave the roadway; or just
junk or metal that would flatten the car’s tires. Just use your imagination on what
you could use that would keep vehicles on that road as it approaches your
roadblock. Now just for the sake of simplicity for this drawing, I have
placed large tree stumps on both sides of the road that’s leading
up to the roadblock. Again the idea behind these tree stumps: is they are
large enough that they would damage a car if the car left the roadway, but
they’re still not quite big enough to really provide adequate cover should
that be in an attacking force on your roadblock.
Now most people obviously already know that at your actual roadblock you have
some vehicles or other things that you can move back and forth to let people
that you want in in and then keep together to keep unwanted people out, but
I think a lot also a lot of people also forget that they can use tactics
to force approaching cars to slow down before they even reach
your actual roadblock. So something like staggering cars on your road block as
somebody approaches your roadblock where they got a maneuver around those
staggered cars, will slow approaching vehicles down. And for
simplicity, again in this photo here I’m showing the staggered cars and how an
approaching vehicle would have to maneuver around them but again staggered junk vehicles like the ones that are depicted in the photo would offer
an attacking force cover if they were attacking your roadblock. So that’s just
something to keep in mind. You don’t have to use junk vehicles, you can use other
things. Again, the whole idea is that any approaching car has to maneuver around
these obstacles before they actually reach your roadblock which that slows
them down because what you’re wanting here is: you are wanting to keep
approaching vehicles from being able to reach a speed that they would be able to
ram through your roadblock or to reach you in a very in a fast manner to
inflict damage on you. I mean which would you rather shoot at a target that’s
moving 50 miles per hour? Or at a moving target that’s moving only 10 miles per
hour? And this obviously goes without saying: that any obstacles that you have
placed in the road that’s going to cause any approaching vehicles to maneuver
around, you want any weapons that you have covering that area to have the range to hit vehicles that are in that area of your obstacles. Because as that vehicle is approaching your roadblock and he’s having
to slow down to maneuver around those… if they are unfriendlies and if this is going to
turn into a firefight, you want your your weapons to be able to reach
those bad guys. To put it simply: what you’re doing here is, you are forcing
your potential enemies to be in the open, you’re
forcing them to be maneuvering slowly, you’re creating a “kill zone.” Now
something that I think is extremely important for a roadblock that a community
is employing: is that you have hidden snipers that are providing cover
and overwatch for your people that are manning the actual roadblock. Now if you
don’t have the luxury of having a formally trained military or SWAT team
sniper in your community security team, then do the best
that you can do by getting your guys that are the best
shots and have good scoped rifles. These snipers will probably be able to see an approaching vehicle or an approaching
person before your guys on the ground your guys at the actual roadblock will
probably be able to see them. So your snipers can actually let your road your guys at
the roadblock know that there is somebody that’s approaching. And these
snipers may even be able to take out the driver of a vehicle before he reaches
the roadblock if that vehicle is deemed to be
an unfriendly. And there just may also be times when semi-friendly
people might approach your roadblock for whatever reason. Just think about it: you
might have a doctor from a nearby community that’s visiting to give your
community much-needed medical care, or maybe the next community is wanting to
trade items that you have that they badly need; and then they want to trade
items that you badly need. So in situations like this: snipers at an
elevated position could really cover your men that’s at the roadblock while
this believed-to-be-friendly meeting takes place so they can cover the meeting in
case anything suddenly goes wrong. Now, I’ve heard some Preppers say: “If
shtf happens, then we set up roadblocks. There’d be absolutely nobody in and
absolutely nobody out. Absolutely nobody!” But folks, you just got to remember that in situations like this: there would just be
a myriad of reasons of why you would want people to actually approach your
your roadblock or to allow people in or to allow people out. Again, you don’t know: do
you need to let a doctor in? Or do you need to let your doctor out? And don’t forget about all of the intelligence that you can gather from people as they approach a roadblock; the
amount of intelligence that you can possibly gather from these people
on what’s happening outside of your community. So on situations like this, situations you always have to
keep an open mind. Now going back to the drawing, if you are forced to use
something like staggered vehicles prior to your roadblock to slow vehicles down,
again though staggered vehicles or something like that would actually
provide cover for potential attackers. But on the other hand, if you are forced
to use something like that, then you can maybe booby-trap
those cars with Tannerite or something like that. That would deny them the use
of that cover. In fact, if you use your imagination, you could put booby traps leading up to your roadblock; you could actually place
something that would LOOK like attractive cover for an attacking person,
so then when that when that attacking person runs to what they believe is that
point of cover, then you set off that booby trap and you take them out. And then you
can also use other simple homemade booby traps also: like making your own homemade
spike strips. Something like this would help to slow vehicles down that weren’t voluntarily slowing down or refusing to stop for your roadblock. You could use these to puncture
their tires to slow them down even more inside your kill zone. The slower you can
make somebody inside your kill zone the better. So let’s make this video a wealth
of information for anybody that stumbles across this video, so please comment
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37 Replies to “Road Block Tactics that all Preppers Must Know Prepper Security”

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  2. now Roadblocks, well Road blocks with people pretending to be police or military or rogue police or military will sadly be a trap that will ensnare many unsuspecting folks be prepared or not.

    Now with your own roadblocks i would suggest a sturdy but easy for your people to move barricade that blocks the road, make sure not all your people are easily seen by any visitors. Have people hiding in the sides of the road. Have a decent gun selection if you can a heavy machine gun (very unlikely but hey in SHTF who knows you might be lucky) in position to cover the main road. also watch your rear and make sure you have a proper escape route from the barricade no point engaging in futile battle against a large enemy convoy, be smart choice your battles well if for example the US Army rolls up to your checkpoint with multiple APC's maybe a tank and several trucks fighting them is not an option unless annihilation is what your searching for.

    Also always assume people have already reconed your roadblock and have knowledge about you, always assume your enemy or neutral people are as clever and capable as you are, never underestimate people one mistake can end badly.

  3. It's useful to consider the difference between cover and concealment. Woods and even staggered vehicles can offer concealment but they aren't very good cover against sporting or hunting rifles.

  4. BIggest easiest – get learning in how to operate a Bobcat. With a trenching arm just digging across any meadow or actual hard surface road, a 24 inch deep x 24 inches wide ditch, with the excavation to be put onto the other side of the defended (green team) trench as a barrow. No normal vehicle will be able to cross that ditch without locking their front tires in the ditch – let alone bellying up atop the barrow before hand – immobilizing the vehicle. This even holds true for the raised 2-3 feet trucks (even with 4WD HI or LO) and the perp attempting to cross the ditch will have to take the time to crawl into the ditch, and out of it, even cross over the belly-up barrow, for the rear tires. Anybody STOOPID enough to consider doing a "good ole boys" flying vehicle off the front barrow, is obvious enough for backing up, revving the engine, and charging the barrow (potentially destroying the camber of his driving and wheels, let alone attempted flying over the barrow and ditch. That time for backing up, revving, and charging ony requires sights-on, perfing the front tire(s) with preventative lead, and any further perfing of the driver through the windshield – and no more problem children or vehicles. Now there remains a further immobile vehicle in roadway, hazarding the roadway and making any further red teams going around the vehicle – and also getting neutralized.

    It is known in Northern California, Oregon, Nevada borders with farmers, that if SHTF happens in CA or thereabouts, the farmers WILL readily ditch the roads from ditch to ditch and keep all the CA people inside their state borders. And doing the same across a meadow, field, even in an orchard or vineyard, making access into such areas, by controlled ingress, you control the landscape, not any red team.

    Also in wooded areas, having a multiple criss-cross of fallen timbers, where the actual ingress is very difficult and slow, as you have no direct driving, but must hug a ditch and shoulder in making a square turn into the next ingress, to the other ditch and shoulder in making another square turn into the successive ingress. Just having 2 fallen timbers (that disallow any formal truck and winching situation in dragging them out of obstruction), and the defensive position is easily maintained by 1-2 people.

    And make sure of any additional ingress via enfilade or skirmish lines to the sides. WW I French Maginot line, and no fortresses along the Luxemborg and Belgium national borders … and the Germans skirted the fortresses, and came into France. Also control any additional ambushing and enfilade situations by other defensive works against vehicle traffic. Such as felling timbers across the forward edge of the entire forest on each side of the blockade – until reaching a solid natural defensive landscape (boulders, mountain, river, culvert ditch, etc.

    Using the same defensive tactics, when possible use bridges as the ingress point, with the natural landscape and waters being the most defendable position, while having the blockade on the other side (their side) of the bridge. They have to come up to dismantle the blockade, or get around/through it – and that takes time to move. And if need be, defensive perimeters for plinking any intrusive people that come up to that blockage – with intent to remove – then become dog food for the group's dog pack.

    If/when using any fallen timber blockage, in both bridges, roadways, and forest edges, also trim the trees so that the llimbs and brush is off the timbers, giving a clear view of the timber, while having no ability of the intruder running up to and under the tree limbs and using it for their own ambush and sniper points.

  5. the other good reason to have staggered obstacles is it allows you to have a flanked view of those in the vehicle (if your obstacles cause the approaching vehicle to turn sharp enough around each obstacle)

  6. The only things I can think of to add:

    (A) Is that they should have hidden security on the forward flanks of the roadblock approach so attackers would have their back exposed to the flanking forward security, even if they are assaulting from behind cover and/or concealment.

    (B) Never have defenses only one rank deep. That is one should have a second roadblock farther back enough where it's not visible forward of the first roadblock to act as both a reserve and a safety catch for an effective surprise attack.

    Assuming one has enough manpower, of course.

  7. I like the idea of slowing approaching vehicles before they reach your check point/road block. Instead of abandoned cars, which could provide cover, I'd use whatever was handy…boulders, downed trees or branches, rolls of barbwire fencing, whatever is available. just a thought.

  8. U will probably be short on people. I think obstacles with minimal overwatch would be the way to go. Plus its safer for your people.

  9. Very good explanation of the channelling debris to force vehicles to stay on the road without providing them free cover. I live at the end of a cul-de-sac so my entire street is a fatal funnel. Rooftop in attic murder holes would provide excellent sniper position. Thanks for the info, sir.

  10. Good stuff as always. Maybe you can put some beehives along the sides as they enter, a single shot through the hive should kill few bees but really piss off the whole hive. Not much can stand up to 10k + pissed off bees;) talk about denial of cover.

  11. From my experience, when resources are scarce, avoid civilian roadblocks at all costs. Observe from a distance and see what happens to anyone who tries to cross. More subversive than armed , roving gangs are folks who set up road blocks or block things like railway footbridges away from where they live, in other people's suburbs. You may be walking into a mugging or worse. Often they will 'hang some decorations' (their victims) and then move elsewhere to try the same. Scope it all out and even watch for hastily repaired and/or stained police and military uniforms -often without ids. In Australia, they might have the uniform, but their weapons might be civilian. You'd think all the big guns might come out in WROL, but initially the opposite may prove to be safer until intelligence assessments can be made.

  12. I think a good reason idea would be to dig ditches, which you can conceal, that the car tires can get stuck in if they decide to go off road to fan out. This would cause the vehicle to be uneven and harder to hide behind or get out of.

    But it seems to me if you want them to turn around and go back the other way you’ve got provide a turnaround spot where a large truck could negotiate a U-turn.

  13. Love this topic my friend when I was in fort Devens what we would do instead of logs we would drop the trees on either side of the road and make sure there are a few of them on top of each other.
    And the best way to stagger cars or trucks is make sure if your using junk car make sure you take the rim and tires off so they cant move if there hit by another truck or car.
    One other thing of you have an over watch make sure at least 200 yards out put a wind sock or even a shirt so they can tell what way the wind is blowing. God bless be safe.

  14. I love the homemade spike strips but lets add something to it. If you add a net to the strip it will wrap the wheels and axles and STOP the vehicle. There used to be a video on YT of this very thing but I simply can't find it anymore. That joker stopped a heavy cargo truck nearly dead in it's tracks!

    Also, if at all possible, your road block needs to be on high ground so they can't shoot down on you.

  15. Another option depending upon time and a stony/boulder grounds, is making a gambion stone wall. Basically, a strong wire fencing put into a raised bed style of box, and rocks, stones, and boulders put into the cage. No amount of ammo destroys the stone fence. No vehicle can destroy it in multiple impacts. It takes all the same time to either (1) cut through the wire fencing, and roll out the stones, or (2) remove the stones inside the gambrel. Works wonders, and if these are also part of your bug out location (as a raised bed – like our current community garden using this technology) it also fortifies your site.

  16. Tipps:
    Hesco barriers, gabions, old tires and concrete are your friend.
    Observation posts/alarm posts and security element(s) can be a very good idea.
    Have a way to let people "through" your area.

    Some german streets today have several ridges in the street so people can`t drive fast trough there. You could improvise them with train rails or other ways. I prefer them over the concrete blocks in the street. Cattlerods might also be a good idea, if it`s a private street.
    If you have a bigger property and/or community take a look at the german "Landwehr" (the old border defense structures not the military units that were later named the same, i don`t know if there is much information in english about them out there).

    You also can roll tree trunks in the street (horizontal+vertical).
    You can also work with dissinformation (e.g. biohazard, chemical hazard, maybe you can even let something like that appear on a map beforehand so there is a "reason" for the "hazard").

    All depends on your specific area&situation.

  17. Excellent ideas, l know one thing l built a RR tie wall once and when l was leaving there was a 6×6 in the driveway, l was so tired l tried driving over it , big mistake, it got stuck and it took an hour to get that thing out. A few of them with spikes through them would really slow you down. It's the indecision, you dont want to kill innocent people, but you dont want to die. Going to be hard.

  18. In the southern United states in a shtf scenario one outcome is certain. Mexican cartels will expand their territory. They'll take whatever resources they can including people.

    They're already organized. There are more of them then you can assemble. They have better weaponry. They're already seasoned killers.

  19. Addenum to Southerprepper1's story: The father was killed, the son survived by hiding under the dashboard. The military paid out $6,000 in death benefits for the family. But they didn't secure the truck. In the night, someone stole the sheep they had in the truck.

    The death was preventable; they had to relocate their roadblock up on the hill to have the high ground and if there was a problem vehicle, let it roll down the hill and away from the barricade.

    A few things to consider:

    1. A checkpoint to inspect vehicles/passengers before a roadblock. Either they have reasonable intentions. Or they lied to get through. They're not expecting a second blockade where they have to pass or get ambushed.

    (Movie: D.A.R.Y.L, 1985.)

    2. Some sort of universal identification for local/friendly vehicles. Bear in mind, it isn't guaranteed. (Someone could've stolen the identifying marker or placard or killed the driver and stole the car). But at least gives you an idea of who is approaching your area.

    (In Iraq, defense contractors used locally bought soft shell or unarmored BMW 7 series sedans, blue or black. On the passenger side sun visor, they had identification placards on the underside identifying the vehicle to the US military as a defense contractor.

    When approaching US military during combat operations or at a checkpoint or roadblock, they'd flip the visor down so the identification is visible through the windshield, turn off headlights and high beams to allow surveillance scan the interior of the vehicle and see the identification. They activated hazard lights and approached slowly – keep in motion to prevent terrorists from hitting the cars, but also so the military doesn't light them up.)

    3. Have a sign with multiple ways of communicating prior to arriving at the checkpoint and/or roadblock. Telephone number, CB radio channel, 2-way radio frequency, AM/FM station, flash lights/ honk horn – once for "YES", twice for "NO".

    If all else fails, hang a piece of cloth out the window if friendly. Approach checkpoint slowly. (The cellular network may or may not work. The car may or may not have working radio or a CB radio installed. The car may or may not have functioning lights or horn. The occupants may or may not have a two-way radio or police scanner.)

    4. The occupants of the vehicle may need some sort of mutual respect or else they won't approach, considering the checkpoint or roadblock to be an ambush. Leave them a way to escape on foot or leave the roadblock but away from the designated zone if need be.

    Don't immediately show weapons or a use of force. Show that you're vigilant and you mean business for enemy forces, but if your intentions are good, then be understanding of our vetting process.

  20. SouthernPrepper1 made an excellent video series on LP/OP building. May be something to bone up on to supplement as your guard shack set up

  21. One thing I haven't read in the comments or heard on the vid is, you must have outposts outside your roadblock, the reason is your roadblock could be flanked from outside your visual area, most with bad intentions would circumvent your roadblock an drop off the road a 1/2 mile or more an come in behind your security forces and overtake your rear where you mite be vulnerable, then you would be trapped. If you had a 2nd QRF tucked back that could respond instantly then you could mitigate the damage an loss of life an hold your roadblock. It will take a determined community to place the people in the proper positions, think listening posts / foxhole with cover for weather an rotating shifts to be determined by the amount of people you have, 2 to a position, 1 always on guard an watching, shift length to be determined. An all overwatch/ listening posts to be well camouflaged for the type of terrain you have, no cooking, no smoking, an light discipline to be enforced, that's my 2 cents, an I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot more but these are basic principles that work.

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