Now that the storm has passed, the real risk of looting begins tonight (and lasts through the week)
by Mike Adams
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Superstorm Sandy has passed, causing billions of dollars in damage, flooding New York City, shuttering transportation systems and leaving over ten million people without power. While the storm may have passed, the danger of looting has only just begun. As the sun falls this evening, the combination of darkness, ongoing power outages, and emergency services operating in overload provides the perfect cover for looters and violent criminals to start attacking homes and businesses.
As we previously reported, would-be looters are recruiting “looting gangs” on Twitter, hoping others will join them in committing felony crimes while stealing computers, TVs and other valuables, presumably by shooting or attacking homeowners as part of the looting process.
Looters obviously don’t go outside in the middle of a hurricane, but now that the storm has passed, the real test of law and order begins tonight and may last for several nights. As long as the power grid is down, looters have a window of opportunity to break into homes and businesses and steal things.
In many areas, the power grid will be down for an extended period of time. This is partially due to continued high winds, since power line crews can’t even begin work on repairs until the wind calms. Another complicating factor is the severe flooding in many areas, which has inundated electrical equipment with water. Last night, Con Ed was forced to turned off the power to much of lower Manhattan, and when they turn that power back on, there’s no question that all sorts of electronics are going to be shorted out and fried.