Everyone has a different opinion when discussing the issues of curfews. Councils across Britain have tried to come up with a strategy for young teenagers to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night. Police forces are trying to impose that teenagers must have a curfew. Teenagers themselves do not get to have a say in the matter. 90% of teenagers already have a curfew that has been imposed by their parents.
Although every teenager is different, the local community, the local council and the police believe putting a curfew in place will stop a lot of crime, vandalism, underage smoking, drinking and sex. One of the worries for putting a curfew in place is how will the teenagers react? The police have knuckled down on teenagers. If they see people under the age of eighteen smoking, they have the right to take their cigarettes off them but have to break them up in front of the smoker. If people under the age of eighteen also are caught with alcohol (usually in a crowd) they also have the right to take their bottles but have to pour the alcohol out in front of them, but if there is a couple of youths drinking in the streets they can get lifted or even charged.
The two types of curfews are complete curfews and partial curfews. First of all a complete curfew is in place constantly. So, for example, if police find a teenager out on the streets past a certain time they have the right to take them home or even to the cells if they had been causing bother. Secondly, a partial curfew is put in place when there are particular times where anti sociable behavior has taken place, for example when it is a weekend or school holidays and teenagers can be out all day and night with no adult guidance to keep them from starting trouble. Some people believe that a curfew should be put in action because it keeps teenagers of the streets and stops them from behaving antisocially. It is good for parents to know where their children are and for them to know they aren’t out on the streets causing trouble so it can make parents feel more relaxed. 75% of adults would agree that having a curfew in place is to protect their children and keep them out of trouble. A common saying coming from parents is “A lot of the worst activities teenagers can get involved in happen later at night, so if the teen is in at the time they are given it well help keep them out of trouble.” It’s stereotypical to think all the crime happens late at night but the majority of crime that does happen is at night so