Many in the UK are reeling after days of images of brazen thefts and wanton damage during the riots, but just where is the tipping point when people think they can start looting?
There have been some extraordinary scenes in London and other cities this week, from burning buildings and running street battles, to people unashamedly walking into a shop and leaving with a flat-screen television under their arms.
Many of the looters have not bothered to cover their faces as they raided electrical stores, sports shops and off-licences.
Some have even posed for a picture afterwards, proudly showing off their haul and posting the images on social-networking sites.
Prof John Pitts, a criminologist who advises several London local authorities on young people and gangs, says some of those taking the lead in the looting will be known to the authorities, while others are swept along.
He says looting makes "powerless people suddenly feel powerful" and that is "very intoxicating".
"The world has been turned upside down. The youngsters are used to adults in authority telling them they cannot do this or this will happen. Then they do it and nothing happens."
THE LAST SENTENCE NAILS IT ON THE HEAD: THEY DO IT WHEN THEY THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.
A TRULY MORAL PERSON IS MORAL WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING.
BASICALLY, THESE LOOTERS LACK RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW.
AND THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.
IT TAKES YEARS - IT'S EMBEDDED IN THE COMMUNITIES OF THE LOOTERS - COURTESY OF THE LEFT:
- THEIR SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT;
- THEIR DISRESPECT FOR OTHERS NOT LIKE THEM;
- THE IDEA THAT CLASS WARFARE IS SOMEHOW HONORABLE.
IF WE WANT TO CHANGE THIS ATTITUDE - AND RESTORE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW, THEN WE NEED TO DEFEAT LEFTISM ONCE AND FOR ALL.
BUT FIRST, THE POLICE SHOULD SUBPOENA CELLPHONE AND TWEET RECORDS OF PEOPLE IN THE ENVIRONS OF THE RIOTS AND ARREST THOSE INVOLVED.