Theft is one of those things that is all around us but for the most part goes unseen but do you ever stop to think about how badly it affects the community? Stealing affects the community due to the effect that the item that has been taken (stolen) has value and someone must pay that value or the money that has been lost, taking away from their profit, business, and community and or employees, which in the long run affects the growth of the community. Also when people steal and don’t pay for their items it means they do not pay for the tax which means the less money you pay the less you receive back. So in the long run stealing does not benefit anyone and I have found it to be a horrible thing to do.
Editor’s note: This letter was written anonymously as a condition of a settlement reached with the help of the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre.