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