What Is Looting?
Looting is used to describe the act of indiscriminately taking property, especially valuables, during a catastrophe, war, riot, or natural disaster. Looting can also be applied to egregious cases of embezzlement like stealing from private or public assets.
Since looting is a kind of burglary that occurs during a time of crisis, Western countries including democracies often employ extreme measures against looting. Property owners, police, and army troops often use a great show of force like shooting looters to discourage the act among large crowds.