Property crimes can happen anywhere - and are usually committed to steal something that could be of value to the perpetrator. Theft or destruction of property is a serious crime regardless of the value of the possessions stolen or damaged.
A 'break and enter' crime occurs when someone breaks into a home or business without permission. This is a serious crime regardless of the size and value of the property.
There are emotional as well as financial consequences to this type of crime. The majority of perpetrators do not know victims, and do not target them personally; but a victim can feel a profound sense of loss of privacy, and violation of their personal space and lives following this type of crime. Victims may feel insecure in their home - a place where people are meant to feel safe and comfortable.
If you have been a victim of a property crime, a Victim Service advocate can assist you in finding help to process the feelings that you may be having. We can help you to find practical and emotional support, and can help to explain the judicial process that your case may be going through.
You may be eligible to submit a Victim Impact Statement and/or a Statement on Restitution to the court.