Support anti-youth crime campaign

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 August, 2011, 12:00am


A special police team has been set up to combat youth gangs. Their responsibilities include monitoring young people and their activities and gathering intelligence on teenage gangs. The government hopes this special group can curb the rising tide of youth crime.

In my opinion, this special police team is necessary. The number of youth crimes is increasing dramatically, including serious crimes such as assault, kidnapping and robbery. Many young gangs are violent. We must curb this trend before it goes too far.

I am glad society is willing to put emphasis on teenagers. Because they are a pillar of the future, we should teach them the true values of life and bring them back to the right way as quickly as we can.

I also like the idea that the police team is tasked with investigating the causes of youth crime. Often teenagers join gangs out of boredom. Many jobless youths drift towards gangs. By helping them find other outlets, we can keep them out of gangs.

Teenagers are generally naive and innocent. They might go astray easily. Adults are responsible for leading them on the right track. We should support the special police team.

Doris Nhan Hui Sheung, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

From the editor

Thank you for your letter, Doris. It is difficult to say that there is an increase in teenage gang activity just because it has been highlighted in the press recently. But it is common in areas of high-density housing where there are so few recreational facilities that many youths will get into trouble.

It is good to see the government's plans for new facilities in Tseung Kwan O. Hopefully it will also spend money on facilities in other areas where the need is just as great.

Susan, editor