Attacked in Secure Space
Attacked in secure space?
Should I not be safe from attacks in high security zones?
In the universe of EVE, no space is 100% safe. It is vital for every player to realize this as soon as possible after starting playing the game.
Concord can't prevent all crimes.
While concord and faction police forces have a firm grip on all empire systems with a security rating of 0.5 and above, they are not powerful enough to make attacks impossible (nor are they meant to be). They will attack unlawful agressors mercilessly and bring them down without failure. In many cases their intervention may not save the victim, but the agressor will be blown out of the sky and his security status lowered to reflect Concord’s lowered opinion of him.
Despite the lack of absolute safety, empire space is still relatively safe. The biggest threat to the average player in Empire space is the risk of “kamikaze” attacks when carrying a cargo of noteworthy value. Just like on modern day earth, the risk of attack rises with the amount of money sticking out of your pockets. If attacking you becomes a lucrative enough option, the best of neighbourhoods may become unsafe for you to walk around in.
Some players are willing to lose ships and their good standing with Concord for the hope of quick profit from a juicy loot drop. The “kamikaze” attackers usually work in pairs or groups. They scan the cargo holds of bypassing pilots flying easily destructable ships until they see something worthy of a ship loss. They then blow up the ship and and while Concord do what they do best, a second character picks up the loot from the ship’s wreck.
This is not seen as an exploit of the intended game mechanics and there is no compensation or reimbursement to be had for losses caused by attacks in secure space.
How to travel more safely in "safe" space
The intention was never to make attacks completely impossible or completely unprofitable. It is up to each player to take measures to ensure his own safety when traveling. This is especially important when one’s cargo is of extreme value.
Pilots transporting valuables through empire space should therefore hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Knowledge of the risks at hand and the right preparation can help in three ways:
Here are a few general tips on safer travel through “safe” space:
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