Editor's Viewpoint: Parents should take heed of what young are up to
It is telling that more than half of people who responded to a Perceptions of Crime survey blamed lack of parental discipline for the perceived rise in offences.
Lack of police visibility, closure of local police stations, PSNI budget restrictions are reasons often given for the failure to clamp down on low-level crime, but it is also a common belief, even among police, that gangs of young people are allowed freedom to cause havoc.
We may view the past with rose tinted glasses but respect for parental authority and its frequent exercise kept many a would-be errant young person on the straight and narrow. It would still work if some parents kept a closer eye on their children outside the home.