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The Rockaways Have Seen a 1,020 Percent Increase in Burglaries Since Sandy

Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.

We knew post-Sandy theft in Queens's 100th precinct (Rockaways, Breezy Point) was bad, what with the piggy bank burglaries. But a number-crunching story from the New York Daily News includes this startling statistic that shows just how frequent an occurrence it's become: "There were 56 thefts reported in a 28-day span ending on Sunday, a 1,020% jump from the five burglaries investigated during the same period last year, the records show." And that's just what's been reported.

Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images2012 Getty Images