I understand what you mean, but I beg of you- stop putting yourself and your family in danger and deal with your grievance though the proper channels.
You are endangering yourself.
I live in the middle of an area like the one you describe. Most people who live here are good peaceful people. The thing is, you don't see much of them because they tend not to go outside or make themselves noticed.
We have a lot of problems here with anti social behaviour. I'm talking about car theft, vandalism and some violent crime, racist and hateful harassment etc. Committed by a minority of youths.
Last night was a little like a riot. There were 20-50 kids out on the street setting off fireworks so tonight the police are patrolling all night on foot and on horseback. It is a serious problem. Banning fireworks from local shops will not help for us because the local supermarkets sell them too.
I don't know if you really and truly understand the vast problems that cause this kind of anti social behaviour.
I don't think you can make a sweeping generalisation that all people who live in estates like the one I live on are bad, stupid or irresponsible. Plenty are not. I am a responsible parent, my neighbours are too..
There is a problem with a small percentage of parents. What happens here is that these kids have junkie or drunk parents...or parents who simply do not care.
Ok that is no excuse for the parent but children are another matter. Those children are either thrown out of the house of a night, or leave because being in the house is so awful. They end up on the streets, bored and in bad company. So they get up to anti social behaviour. It isn't right, but it happens and it needs a solution.
Little kids...I'm talking like 5-13 year olds regularly roam the streets here. They sometimes put outside because mum has a baby at home or younger kids, amongst other reasons. They look to those older kids as role models, because they have no other role model.
The schools around here struggle, because of the social problems of these children meaning that every child's education is put into question. This effectively marginalises the whole area.
My children travel outside the area and go to school elsewhere, but I had to fight for that. Of course I would rather my kids be able to attend a local school where there was no need for a permanent police presence on the campus. Sadly, that is the way things are at the local school.
Kids can not get an equal education, their aspirations lower- even if they are a good pupil who works hard. The school spends a good proportion of it's time dealing with social problems. Some of these local kids are parents before they leave school. Some will end up in prison before they are 20
So this vicious cycle continues. Children have children, a generation here is 13-15 years rather than 20 years. So the problem continues on and on. Sometimes, people simply don't care and are a junkie..other times people do not know how to be good parents, and they need educating.
It is hard because a lot of people feel too intimidated to come forward and report the crime, make statements and such. With better dialogue between the police and the public this can be overcome to a certain extent
I would suggest that you approach community groups, the local council and the police with your concerns. We have had success with this. Our street is now a permanent dispersal zone, meaning that groups can be broken up by the police for any reason. The council evicts people who cause problems. There are things that can be done but you need to do it though the proper channels.
Start keeping a log- dates and times of when things happen, this is also helpful.
I must stress, there is no one direct cause or one solution. I personally believe that engaging people in the community is the long term key. As are local drug/drink support initiatives. These are so important in my area because there is a heroin problem here. Also the community must band together and approach the police. Tonight we have spoken to them and the police and council are very helpful to us on this estate.
Sadly nation-wide political solutions to the problem are usually limited or short lived because there needs to be long term commitment to doing something about it.
Politicians only care about what happens during their term. This is why community action is better because local people and services are here for the duration.
Whatever you do...NOT endanger yourself or your family by taking the law into your own hands. These are children but you have no idea if they are armed or not. A good percentage of them carry knives and can be violent
You could find your house under siege. That is what would happen if you lived here. Your windows would be broken, your car burned you would be terrorised. This can and does happen.
Go through the proper channels, for your own benefit and everybody else's. Please.