Rampant looting rumours unfounded - police

5:16 am on 4 November 2011

Police in Christchurch say low levels of reported burglary in the central city red zone since the February earthquake show rumours of rampant looting are unfounded.

Inspector Derek Erasmus says there were 28 reported burglaries in the red zone between February - October and 103 people arrested for breaching the red zone cordon.

Inspector Erasmus says the burglary numbers are not alarming and there's no evidence of widespread looting as rumoured.