"Scumbags" who loot houses abandoned during NSW's devastating bushfires will be tracked down, Premier Barry O'Farrell says.
There's been no official confirmation of looting yet but reports that abandoned homes are being robbed are appearing on social media.
Mr O'Farrell says any looters will be caught.
"I'm just appalled that at these critical times, when people have been evacuated from homes or whether people have left homes because of fire dangers, that other scumbags in the community would front up and seek to rob them," he told reporters in Sydney.
"Communities are angry but importantly I know that police are determined to track these people down."
Mr O'Farrell called for calm despite a state of emergency being declared.
"The emergency services are planning for the worst case scenario," he said.
"Better to be safe than sorry after the event."
The premier, who is heading to the RFS headquarters for a briefing, said homes wouldn't be evacuated unnecessarily and implored people to heed the advice of authorities.
Anyone made homeless by the fires should head to an evacuation centre, he said."If they can stay with family and friends that will obviously be the most comfortable but if they can't arrangements have been put in place to provide emergency accommodation."