So, fifty years ago it was OK not to really punish people under 18, because they usually only turned to crime if really desperate.
When I was a teenager, people never stole anything. We didn't have anything worthwhile stealing, of course it was closer to sixty years ago
I remember going ski-ing, leaving my ski's outside the bar, the restaurants the hills, no locks and never heard of anyone getting their skis stolen. We travelled by train, left our skis all over the place as we use to wander around the train. Today, people have to lock their ski's if they leave them anywhere. My daughter had them stolen out of the house her group of friends rented.
We would leave our bikes outside overnight, nobody bothered them.
Of course, we knew it was better not to get into trouble. if our parents were ever called by the police to bail us out of jail, it would have been a fate worse than death.
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