Society is best when people feel safe and then we can build a good community and the young ones grow and learn good ways.
We have a need to belong in our community but if we are too afraid all we have is isolation and the criminals have a greater opportunity to abuse our souls.
Violence and abuse happens when people no longer understand one another and respect breaks down. Our father God taught us to love one another and our neighbours as ourselves..how can we do this when we are afraid to go out? Afraid of each other?
Old and young need to have a chance to understand each other; good work is done through projects in schools and in the community to address this need.
Most people know what is bad and what is good; criminal activity needs reducing before we can build more bridges ..I believe in useful activity for offenders and re-habilitation but not in the high risk categories of offenders their place for rehabilitation needs to be in a secure place with support going in to the prison. There are no quick solutions but I hope these ideas show the mindset of mid to late fifties person who is concerned about young people.