Ok, so just how paranoid <are> you? And why?
For me, it's force of habit; I lived overseas extensively during the Cold War and was a potential target.
(in the questions, I couldn't think of a good term for 'a dog that just seems dangerous')
View Poll Results: So how paranoid are ya?
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Not a trusting individual / suspicious of strangers' motives
Take precautionary measures, like an unlisted phone number
Take minor passive measures, like guard-like dog, deadbolts on doors and car alarms
Emergency preparedness, like stockpiling food & water
Extensive passive measures, like safe rooms, guard dog, pre-positioned stocks, or cameras
Counter-surveillance, like varying routes, shredding mail, or checking to see if you're followed
Armed or active protective measures
None of the above
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Thread: Paranoia! And it's a poll!
03-03-2008, 13:50 #1
Paranoia! And it's a poll!
Last edited by jmervyn; 03-03-2008 at 13:56.
03-03-2008, 14:07 #2
I never lock my door.
Even when I leave the apartment. There's no need. I live in a small village.
03-03-2008, 14:12 #3
Hmmm...none of the above really fits. Or rather, I practice a combination of a few of them. For instance:
-I'm not either trusting or mistrusting of strangers' motives, I must judge them as they act. I am cautious of them, but not immediately on the defensive.
-Sure, I have deadbolts on my doors, but they are only locked at night. Car alarms on a couple of cars, but only because that's how they came--we didn't seek out that option.
-We have a few things stockpiled all the time, but only because of occasional power drops in the area, not because we fear terrists and spIEz.
-Normal safety precautions dealing with typical daily routines, i.e. call-waiting and answering machine, computer backups/various anti-thisandthat scans/password changes, not leaving keys in cars, etc.
-Guard chickens, not dogs.
So, not sure where to vote, really. Maybe you should add another option.
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03-03-2008, 14:22 #4
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03-03-2008, 14:33 #6
Well, I am definitely a cautious individual, that's for sure. I do the following:
I constantly stay alert of my surroundings when walking out in the streets, whether I am in the heart of the city or in a village. I walk with my head straight up, I walk confidently, I don't fumble in my purse or try to call someone on my cell phone.
I carry pepper spray with me and take it out into a coat pocket, with my hand on it, if I am walking alone at night (and I do this only when I have no other choice, which is when I come back from a business trip at 10 in the evening).
I don't answer the door if I am alone in the house, no matter what time of day it is.
I lock my car doors while I am behind the wheel, driving in the city (and I live in Canada, where carjacking is fairly rare). I immediately lock my car doors if I am going back into my car from a parking lot (whether indoors or outdoors).
I always check that all the doors are properly locked before going to bed at night.
I don't leave anything in my parked car that can be of potential value to a thief : I place it in the trunk.
I shred any mail that has personal information about me.
Last edited by Lais Irideika; 03-03-2008 at 14:53.
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03-03-2008, 14:56 #9
Paranoia, yep that's me however it doesn't fit the scenarios you've mentionned, see i may not show my paranoia ( barricade myself, get a gun, look over my shoulder, avoid contact ) but that doesn't mean my brain ain't disecting every possible angle that could motivate someone's behaviour. I tend to always give strangers the benefit of the doubt while getting to know them and my paranoia works as actif firewall in the background. Sometimes i even let the schemes of people around me unfold in order to replace repetitif dodging with a single well-placed counter. You wanna go down that road, fine with me, i'll just make sure that your mistake will be a memorable one.
That way i'm open to making new friends, let them a chance to excuse themselves if they mess things up and learn to understand them better while always assuming strategic favorable positions should my paranoia be founded.
Last edited by sequel; 03-03-2008 at 15:00.
03-03-2008, 15:11 #10
I'm not sure; I mean, I don't blindly trust strangers, but I don't fear them. I do keep liquid money conceiled (instead of making it obvious with a wallet), reject online banking services, have a disposable second email-address and don't install brandless or unreviewed executables. I also don't eat beef, pork and mutton, out of fear for contagious prions and distrust in the measures undertaken by the state and the industries.
So ... should I vote 1 or 8?