If anything, NPC gatecamps make it easier to live in system, as it makes attacking you whole lot harder.
Treeglands are probably the safest place for a collective to live at the moment actually.
The strongest thing people can poke residents with would be drekavacs - while residents can use battleships and caps (dunno if you can build new ones there but I saw lots of K162 “Very Large” whs there). If drifters are in warp somewhere to the gate when something bigger than a battlecruiser comes through - it is most likely dead. No scouting can help.
If setup of attacking gang is balanced - raiding party becomes crabbing party, which tries to either shoot tackle or deagrro on the gate. With system residents ROFLing on the perch.
Stuka formats or its likes would be out of question for a looong time, because it needs numbers, and numbers of +3.0 standing people are limited. And you don’t even have to be +3.0 ムFULL POCHVEN MASTERム to just live in the system - +0.001 will do as long as the group have a citadel.
And, you don’t have to even bother scanning. There are two gates in the system, and up to 2 signatures which are wormholes. Almost all systems fit into one D-scan. One CCTV alt for each wormhole - feel free to mine your rear off with a mjd unit jumped higgs-aligned orca.
If someone wants to attack you, their options are severly limited. “Their”, as there is no other region where solo pvp is as much shafted as here. If you want solo there, you have to go with a t3d or something cloaky. Which limits you alot.