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James Dyer’s mother must be so grate­ful to the stranger who helped her son while he was be­ing at­tacked by two youths (Cen­tral Leader, Oc­to­ber 15).

Mr An­der­son is to be com­mended. Un­for­tu­nately it seems this sce­nario is far more com­mon than you would know.

Not every­one who is at­tacked goes to the me­dia and so we never hear about the vi­o­lence ex­cept through the grapevine.

I am not a pes­simist, but if you look at the way our so­ci­ety is headed, th­ese types of cow­ardly street crimes can only in­crease in fre­quency for sev­eral rea­sons.

For ex­am­ple, did you know that to be­come a gang mem­ber, even in a small lo­cal gang, you have to go out and ran­domly at­tack an in­no­cent vic­tim as a type of ini­ti­a­tion?

Also, those ad­dicted to P or other sub­stances are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly des­per­ate to get their fix and that is why there is an in­crease in vi­o­lent at­tacks on shop own­ers.

There are huge num­bers of chil­dren who have been raised with in­ad­e­quate par­ent­ing skills and those of us who have put in the ef­fort to raise our kids well live in fear of our nice kids be­ing vic­tims of th­ese vi­o­lent thugs.

Don’t be fooled into think­ing that you have to be in a so-called bad area at night to be­come a vic­tim. Crime is com­ing to a neigh­bour­hood near you soon.

I have heard that the lat­est trend is for cars full of youths to drive from the rough ar­eas to the more af­flu­ent ar­eas and rob kids of their cell­phones, iPods and even shoes and hood­ies.

The trick is to teach our chil­dren to be street wise without be­com­ing para­noid, but they must take note of their sur­round­ings and learn to pick up on po­ten­tially danger­ous sit­u­a­tions.

The prob­lem of vi­o­lence is com­plex is­sue on many lev­els and I am afraid I don’t have the an­swers but kids should be able to walk the streets dur­ing the day without fear. SONYA YOUNG


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