No indication of major crime wave

Some people need to chill out about the break-in at the Log Cabin General Store. Yes, it is upsetting for the owners, but it isn’t an indication of a major crime wave in Parksville. Break-ins have been around since man started building shelters.

As for more police? Well it might stop break-ins if you hired one for each home and business. Police are doing a fairly good job of keeping things from getting out of control. There is no way to totally eliminate the problem.

There have been suggestions of harsher punishment, but that doesn’t work either. They use to hang thieves in England and pickpockets worked the crowds gathered for the festivities.

Incarceration should be more about keeping us safe then about punishment. Arizona keeps criminals in jail a lot longer then California, but it is the state that lets them out sooner that has less recidivism, because convicts have a better chance to reintegrate with society the less time they are away from family and the community.

The homeless shelter at 222 Corfield will not solve all our problems with break-ins, but it will help by stabilizing people’s lives, allowing them to beat their drug habit and becoming a part of this community.

It is part of restorative justice and is a lot cheaper then jailing them.

John Pritchard

Parksville

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