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5 Common Crimes Committed During Hurricane Season

Society & Culture  (tags: Hurricane Season, Crime, Criminal, Law, Legal )

- 3115 days ago -
Whether people are trying to provide for their families or take advantage of law enforcement having their hands full, it seems the same common crimes are committed when the threat of hurricanes arise.


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Fiona O (562)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:09 pm
I am sure some thugs wait for an event like a hurricane.

H Nick H (1826)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:25 pm
Living here in Florida, makes one aware of many of these things. And there are always those who prey on others, especially during a disaster. I keep my friends close by for this reason (Smith & Wesson). :)

Also, for everyone. The use of "pepper spray" is banned in many areas, and is only effective within a 4 or 5 foot area. Not too good. So here is something you can do.

Buy a few cans of WASP spray. This is a bug spray that is accurate to 20 feet away, and kills wasps, hornets, etc instantly. It's also very effective to ward off attacks, as it works much like pepper spay when it hits the eyes. It will disable the attacker right way (at a safe distance from you). They will recover) and it's not against the law to carry or have this (I wanted to keep it in the car, but the in FL is really bad). I do have a can in my bedroom, right by my front and back doors.

SANJA l (96)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 12:15 am
Thank you Nancy and thank you Nick. Very interesting and it seems hepls.

Chien Chao (105)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:10 am
Thank you Nancy

Carolyn Bridges (30)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 5:28 am
noted thanks nancy.

Marian D (57)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:00 pm
It's really sad that there are people who will take advantage of their fellow man in times of hardship and tragedy.

. (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:10 pm
Noted, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 3:01 pm
Very onteresting ! Thankyou Nancy !

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 5:05 pm
During a hurricane in Louisiana, a store tried to gouge customers buying supplies (window tape, batteries, etc) to prepare for the storm. Word got out, and the manager b.s.ed alot to the newpaper about how he "didn't know" and "didn't intend" to raise his prices. What it cost him in customer loyalty hurt more than the few extra bucks he made that day. Karma payback.

Len Forster (12)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 5:13 pm
Having grown up in south Florida, I can tell you for sure that THE most common crime is price gouging, followed by hoarding.

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 6:09 pm
Price gouging is just evil. I can see making a fair profit, and I can see rationing out items so that everyone gets a chance to get whatever is in short supply, but to raise the price of something just because you can get away with it is evil. If you are hungry and have no water, and you break into a store- I don't even consider that looting. If you steal a tv while you're there, my sympathy is gone!

gail dair (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 7:08 pm
Thanks Nancy

Bobbie Hensley (43)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 9:52 pm
Interesting Story..Thanks so much!!

moggy w (119)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 1:51 am
Thanks, Nancy. Seems disasters bring out the worst in some people. Good suggestion from Nick H. on wasp spray. Yes, Christine , and others, price gouging during a disaster is pure evil. And as these people live there, they will remember you after the disaster, and buy elsewhere.

Alicia V (181)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 4:09 am
Thanks Nancy. Ugly people doing their worst in times when you have to be helping anywhere you can. Disgusting.

Philip H (474)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 5:14 am
Human nature at it's lowest

Ann Eastman (31)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 9:31 am
And, in the aftermath, the fraudulent insurance claims and charitable donation scams.... Vigilance is needed but please don't let the slimesters blind you to the beauty of spirit and character others demonstrate in times of need.
P.S. Nick H: I LIKE your suggestion of wasp spray. Pet owners- be sure to keep your animals away from the spray or spray residue as smaller size makes exposure to it potentially very serious.

. (0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 7:00 pm
Thanks for the tip, Nick.

Mike P. (0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 8:49 pm
arry Pepper Spray. I would NOT carry WASP spray! Police departments worldwide use pepper spray because the inflammatory effects of this agent work on those which cannot feel pain (very important). The inflammatory effects of pepper spray cause eyes to close involuntarily and produce a loss of breath sensation. Pepper spray has been proven effective on deterring and incapacitating aggressive, combative, intoxicated and drug induced individuals for over 20 years.
To date, no human testing has been conducted on WASP spray and IT IS a violation of federal law to use in self defense. There are many home defense pepper spray options which will deploy up to 25 feet and unlike WASP sprays, these pepper sprays do not require the user to be as accurate because their spray pattern will cover an entire doorway. Pepper spray is a safe, proven option which is trusted and relied upon by police officers worldwide.
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