POTENTIAL looters in bushfire-struck parts of the state have been put on notice.
As NSW enters a state of emergency for a week amid fire danger the NSW Rural Fire Service has classified as catastrophic, police on Tuesday offered a stern warning to potential looters.
In a statement NSW Police said they were yet to receive reports of the crime and no investigations were active but noted unconfirmed reports were circulating on social media channels.
State Emergency Operations Controller Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said police found the concept "deeply concerning".
"These communities have suffered enough without individuals stealing what items they have left," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
"Local police numbers are being bolstered by the Public Order and Riot Squad, the Police Transport Command, and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command to ensure regular patrols are conducted throughout the bushfire-affected areas.
"Any reports of looting or other criminal acts will be thoroughly investigated. If you choose to partake in this type of behaviour, you will face the full force of the law."
Police have also asked anyone who sees a crime being committed to call Triple Zero immediately.