Video: New Yorkers Arm Themselves Against Looters

| by Michael Allen

Almost one week after Hurricane Sandy struck New York, power was still out to some 2.5 million people. The power outage has encouraged looters hoping for easy thefts, but many New Yorkers are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats and machetes (video below).

In Coney Island, New York, Jacinto Gonzalez was photographed holding baseball bat and standing guard outside his two-story home (pictured).

Roberto Aviles told the New York Post that he’s ready for burglars posing as Con Ed workers:
“I’m prepared inside here. " He showed off his three-foot machete and a warning sign that he had a gun.

Chris Lane told the New York Post that he put together a small arsenal and has a double pump action gun, which he used to scare off thugs on Monday night.

Lane said: “They were roving in packs, not just one or two people. I had more than a little something, too. I let it be known that my floor is off limits.”

In Long Beach, a sign outside a home simply read: “Looters will be shot by local vet.”

In Rockaway, Queens, locals say thugs have been masquerading as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers, knocking on doors late at night.

Danielle Harris told the NY Daily News: “We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed. We heard gunshots for three nights in a row."