Survival Lesson #3: Looting Has Gone Social
Looting is an unfortunate side effect of any disaster, and it isn’t always sinister. Many instances of looting involve people getting supplies for family – without paying for it, of course.
The darker side of looting involves thieves sifting through damaged homes. Reports indicate these criminals are using social media to coordinate their activities. This article from the Daily Mail details some of the organization:
Several brazen thugs have robbed their neighbors and their local shops of everything from basic food stuffs to expensive electronics and they are taking to Twitter to broadcast their spoils.
‘Check out this laptop I scored,’ SevenleafB tweeted earlier today. ‘It’s easy just reach out an grab it.’
It appears the looters are organizing through the hashtag #SANDYLOOTCREW.
It’s a double-edged sword. These tweets make it easier for law enforcement to track looting, as well as for citizens to become prepared. This photo from the Huffington Post says it all:
Would You Shoot a Looter?
Scott Wagner wrote extensively about survival guns in the new Gun Digest Book of Survival Guns. His tips covered many survival lessons, and Living Ready wants to know how you would apply them. Would you shoot a looter? Leave a comment below or join the discussion at GunForums.com.
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About the Author: Ben Sobieck is an online editor for Gun Digest, Living Ready, Tactical Gear and BLADE. His interests include hunting, knives and current events issues.
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