During natural disasters, the first instinct is to get to safety. However, these situations often mean ‘treasure hunt’ for robbers and looters who see the chaos as an opportunity to fill their pockets with whatever they find valuable in abandoned homes. After the hurricane in Florida, people had left their homes and business for safety. Unlike them, these looters were willing to stay behind and risk their lives just to get some free shoes, televisions, or whatever they could get their grubby hands on that they didn’t want to work for.
The weather wasn’t the only threat these thieves faced. To their surprise, they weren’t alone in south Florida and one ended up shot while looting in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel then put up a message to every thug who stayed behind to steal.
“Looting during the storm will not be tolerated. Looters will be identified, investigated, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” a written message said on the Sheriff Office’s Facebook page.
“Looters, your behavior is illegal, it’s felonious, and it won’t be tolerated,” the Sheriff announced in the video message to looting thugs. “It’s unscrupulous and deplorable to loot at a time when we’re battling one of the major storms of the century.”
The sheriff closed his remarks with a promise to use all available resources to hunt down any looters from the time of that post forward, reports Freedom Daily.
The only way to prevent criminals from doing their thing is to fight fire with fire. With this kind of reaction, crime could quickly decrease. Looting could quickly become a game of roulette with criminals not knowing who stayed behind to protect their property until they’re staring down the barrel of a gun.
If you teach your child to work for his favorite pair of Air Jordan sneakers, he won’t wait out a category 4 storm to steal them. It’s that simple.
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