I am a real crime victim

I am a victim of a crime which costs Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

I am responding to your request (The News, Dec. 6) to hear from victims of crime.

I am a victim of a crime which costs Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

The crime is “attempted fraud” (S. 380) which carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.

I am victimized almost every day in the form of e-mail messages which offer money, diamonds or real estate. All I have to do is provide the sender with my banking information, and untold riches await me.

I don’t report these crimes to the police because I believe, like many Canadians, that the crimes are “too minor” and “the police can’t do anything about them anyway.”

But technically, I’m a victim of crime almost every day, and I’ve chosen not to report them. We can only conclude that there really are “millions of unreported crimes” as the apologists for Stephen Harper’s crime control policies like to tell us.

John Anderson, PhD, Chair, Criminology Department, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read