The issue of looting

Discussion in 'Safety' started by Corzhens, Jun 10, 2016.

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  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist

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    We have a saying here that when disaster strikes, looters are born. Often when there is a fire in a neighborhood, not only the firemen are summoned but cops as well who would maintain the peace and order in the fire-stricken area not to mention the watching of criminals.

    Whatever the disaster, there is a tendency of looting when there is food shortage in the area. They say that hungry people lose their decency and morals that's why it is natural for a hungry man to loot a store or any place that has food. But it is not only food that is looted. Sometimes even other things like appliances or even gasoline. That's why we have to be mentally prepared of a possible looting when there is a shortage of a commodity.
  2. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    Looting is really a cultural thing.
    Most cultures will loot within seconds of trouble!
    A few cultures will only loot as a last resort.
    In Australia there is very little to no looting during troubles!
    In The USA looting seems to be a high school course if you are of certain cultures/ethnic groups!

    It seems mostly to be the general respect for law and order!

    I hate to say it but the majority of the worlds cultures think looting is normal
    as opposed to the Anglo-saxon and similar cultures where there is a deep rooted respect for property ownership!
  3. Endure

    Endure Expert Member

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    Is during food shortages when is revealed the moral integrity of a society and respect of individual property. Right now in countries like Venezuela, where failed policies led to food shortage, news of looted businesses and wrecked cargo trucks are not uncommon.

    Looting is awful, even in dire disaster situations is not a justified action. Unless you're a centralist government, nobody has the fault of your hunger and misery. And yes, when there are a looting rampage, food is not the only good that is
    stolen but everything remotely valuable.
  4. remnant

    remnant Expert Member

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    Looting is an opportunistic thing. It occurs in times of conflicts and riots. The interesting thing about looting is that anybody can turn into a looter including the seemingly innocent citizens and denizens. But the biggest compliment of looters is criminal but the numbers soon swell. Businesses targeted are those with the greatest visual appeal
  5. lonewolf

    lonewolf Legendary Survivalist Staff Member

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    which is why preppers have a food stash, this enables us to hunker down whilst all the looting and general mayhem ensues, putting oneself in danger by going looking for supplies at a time of social unrest and upheaval is not recommended and is counter productive.
  6. jonthai

    jonthai New Member

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    It's normal. If even in a normal society there are looters out there, specially in a disaster occasion, they will start showing up in more number.I think it's normal, even though I don't agree with it, that people tend to start looting for survival. It's their instinct and many people will do that. There's no way of stopping this, and we should just try to educate people towards a control behavior in case of a disaster
  7. lonewolf

    lonewolf Legendary Survivalist Staff Member

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    whilst you have a society that relies on the "just in time" delivery system and who don't have a larder, pantry or even a food cupboard, when any event happens we will see mass panic.
    when people think that the "status quo" will last forever and they think there is no need to store food, that this is somehow "weird" and "odd" when an event happens there will always be looting.
    whilst this mindset prevails nothing will change.
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