1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.



Updated November 20, 2012


Looting in Haiti after a devastating earthquake.

(c) Getty Images

Stealing goods or valuables during a time of crisis.

The common belief is that looting follows any major disaster, natural or man made, when there is a breakdown in law enforcement. The truth is that looting is not very common and it is much more likely that "looters" take survival goods such as food and water.

Also Known As: sacking, plundering, stealing

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.