“They swooped in like vultures over just a few weeks, stealing brand new copper pipes, or sometimes contractor’s tools, from homeowners struggling to make their houses livable after Hurricane Sandy,” silive.com reports. “The head of the Mid-Island’s 122nd Precinct said he’s dedicating 10 patrol cars to neighborhoods along the East Shore where Sandy hit the hardest.” I guess the Chief understands the deterrent effect of an armed response. Just like local residents. “The move came in response to a pattern of break-ins in Ocean Breeze and Midland Beach that left some residents so frustrated and angry that they talked of setting booby traps and administering vigilante justice.” Is that what you call protecting yourself and your property by force of arms? It is in The Empire State, where they’re from the government and they’re there to help. Except when they’re not.