When you say "the community", Billy, are you referring to (what used to be known as) the General Public? Or were you thinking farther afield (as in "overseas")? You know, back in the villages. Either, or both, I would suggest.
"Lost to the community"? That's one way of putting it, I suppose. Theft is another.
We have discussed ways of managing this type of equipment before, have we not?
Let's face it, Mate ... the Powers That Be don't really care too much about things like this. The tax-payer will pick up the tab, as always.