In California gang members are recruited in their tweens. Kids as young as 12 and 13 are on the streets and engaged in theft and violence like never before. Other big cities aren’t much different. In Boston, where I live, a few kids had passed through my yard and I informed them of what they were doing and my dog started barking. Immediately one pulled a knife out and started yelling profanities and threatened me and the dog!
I called the State Police and they came right down. The kids were 12, 13 and 14. Nothing surprises me anymore.
At the wee hours of the morning in Santa Rosa, CA, 4 residents were awoken to a kid coming through a window and then he opened the door for his accomplice. Obviously they negated a home security system. Immediately they pulled a gun and demanded cash. As it got intense one of the residents was pistol whipped.
Apparently the motivation of this encounter was due to a “disrespect issue”. Shortly after the incident the victims were treated and the home invaders were arrested. The 13 year old was already on probation for another incident.
While this situation ended without anyone getting killed and the little gangsters nabbed, it could have easily gone much worse. Regardless of the motivation of the home invaders, a home security alarm could have very well prevented this whole thing from happening.