Property Crime in Disaster | Information Management

Toward a Criminology of Disaster pp 55-84


Property Crime in Disaster. Disaster sociologists have long claimed that looting in disasters is a rarity. In this chapter, we investigate this claim by examining burglary after a number of disasters. In our examination, we utilize methodological techniques that are more typical of criminology. We find that in contrast to disaster sociologists’ claims, burglary rates increase after disaster in certain circumstances, including when the affected area has poor socioeconomic conditions prior to the disaster’s impact and when formal and informal guardianship are absent in the aftermath. We contend that social disorganization, routine activity, and general strain theories are useful in understanding disaster burglary, and we provide prescriptions for prevention that are rooted in these theories.”



“just” another facet of Information Management – along with indications on substantial information deficits.


Frailing K., Harper D.W. (2017) Property Crime in Disaster. In: Toward a Criminology of Disaster. Disaster Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.





Possible relation to “Crime” Information Management issues mentioned in Hurricane Katrina Report details:

“Also importantly, city officials often compounded the public’s fears – and thereby deterred professional and volunteer
responders from doing their jobs – by repeating sensational rumors as fact.  On September 2, for example, Mayor Nagin opined, “What you are seeing is drug-starving, crazy addicts, drug addicts, that are wreaking havoc.” City officials failed to follow their own plans for responding to the news media’s rumor reporting and for making sure that no city spokesman repeated a rumor before confirming it.”


>>>     Crime is a constant phenomenon in society and crises/disasters show the typical overreactions/criminal machinations in exceptional situations and turmoil.
This is why Risk Information Management also needs to take serious account of all security issues.