It is my opinion that theft, whether by force or stealth, IS an attack, in several ways.
Interesting post, Jace2, welcome to Sailnet.
I agree, today property rights are not enforced as well as they once were, you see it everywhere - a liberal attitude towards taxes, leniency with regards to theft, etc. People seem to have forgotten that theft of property is not just stealing a "thing", but it is stealing a person's life, their time, because if they hadn't traded their time for that "thing" then they could have been out sailing, or spending time with their children, or whatever they wanted to do - that's what the thieves are often doing, watching television in their off time, or riding around in a stolen car, or whatever, just out enjoying themselves. When they steal from you they are saying their life is more valuable than your life, that they have the right to do whatever they want but it is your lot in life to work for them. The original poster now has a deficit, s/he obviously wanted to own the things that were stolen or they would not have been purchased, so you have to assume that the OP now has to go out and spend more time working to replace them - maybe the OP was planning to go cruising to exotic locations, now they have to put that off for days, weeks, months, until they can replace the gear they wanted to take with them, part of their life has been stolen from them. Someone who steals something knows that they could have worked for 3 months or however long to buy what they are stealing, but they don't want to, they'd rather you work those 3 months and buy it, then they can just take it from you and you've essentially done the work for them.