Community Problem

Till recently, the community I live in was primarily a residential,
middle class neighborhood that enjoyed a feeling of peace and security in
what was seen as a safe district. Today, that same community is
increasingly worried about a growing problem of juvenile delinquency caused
by the commercial and low cost residential developments in next-door areas.
While the community is concerned about juvenile delinquency leading to a
higher crime rate, there is also worry over negative influences impacting
younger members given the inevitable intermingling of children in schools
and recreational areas.

The signs of juvenile delinquencyfirst manifested itself in the
appearance of graffiti in what was earlier a green, pristinely clean
neighborhood; the seemingly aimless loitering of congregations of youth
(youth gangs) at street corners, in malls and parks; and stray incidents of
reported burglaries. Atfirst, the tendency was to ignore the signs of
change but when the frequency of such incidents began rising, disturbing
the historically safe and peaceful pattern of community life, the community
collectively began to perceive that it was faced with the problem of
juvenile delinquency. In fact, it would be of interest to note that though
there is no official definition, the situation nevertheless meets three out
of the six criteria that are commonly used to identify a community problem:
frequency; duration; scope or range; disruption of personal or community
life; deprivation of legal and moral rights; and problem perception
(Community Tool Box Web site).

Having said that, while there was enough tangible evidence to define
loss of safety as a community problem, there was reason to doubt the
veracity of the worry over younger community members getting negatively
impacted by the juvenile delinquents in district schools and surrounding
neighborhoods. However, here …

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