I strongly believe that one of the most important preps is choosing where to avoid, if at all possible. Imagine living in a place where savages run the streets. I doubt this is the first time something like this happened in that neighborhood and I don't doubt there are areas not far from me where it might be as bad, but I hope to avoid them. Teen beaten at party died from lacerated heart, coroner says - CNN.com Imagine what gangs like this one will be like post SHTF. If you defend yourself when they come into your area, they'll be painted as victims.