“America’s youth are in trouble – literally. Parents and non-parents alike might be shocked to learn a new study estimates that roughly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested for a non-traffic offense by age 23.” That’s the leading sentence in a recent CBS News story that highlights the findings of a study published in the journal Pediatrics.
That’s a staggering figure. And for parents, it’s an alarming figure.
Let’s make it more real, more personal. If you have young children, as we do, consider your child and two of his friends. On average, according to this study, one of the three will be arrested before they turn 23 years old. Or put another way, if you have three kids of your own one will be arrested, on average, according to this study.
What Does This Mean?
That’s a tough question. The researchers of the study drew some conclusions about the sharp rise in arrest rates since a similar study in the 1960’s. They inferred that a more diligent criminal justice system. is one obvious cause. But I think there may be more to the story than an increasingly “aggressive” court system.
I’m not a psychologist or sociologist or some other professional that studies these things for a living, but I believe there are other factors involved. I believe an growing sense of entitlements may have something to do with it. The attitude that many in society seem to have today that the world owes them something, that they deserve something. And when they don’t get it, they get mad and lash out.
This may be coupled with a growing disregard of others and their feelings. I wonder how many murders have been committed because one person felt “dissed.” There’s no regard for the other person’s family or the loved ones he may leave behind. “He dissed me; I’m going to kill him.”
At it’s core may lie selfishness, putting self before others, or thinking of yourself only.
Drug addiction may also be partially to blame. When your body is dependent on Meth or another drug, your sense of morality, of right and wrong, is secondary to your need for the drug. Stealing may be wrong, violence may be deplorable, but doing without a chemical fix is completely unbearable.
There are likely more causes as well; it’s a complex issue. Whatever the causes, the fact is that more and more young people are getting caught breaking the law.
What Does This Mean for the Prepper?
For the prepper, this has immediate and long-term implications.
As we plan for the end of the world as we know it (aka a post-TEOTWAWKI world) where food and other necessities are in short supply, we must take care to protect our storage.
Petty thefts during daylight hours are on the rise in many places around the nation. Hooligans will flagrantly burglarize a home while the owners are at work. They rummage for whatever is of value, looking for items such as prescription drugs, guns, and electronics.
Although it may not be the first choice for the criminal, the supplies you’ve put away for the future are at risk when someone enters your home uninvited to steal from you. Protect your supplies. Store them in hidden compartments. Don’t advertise to others that you have 10,000 rounds of ammunition saved. Don’t brag about the depth of your larders. Quietly prepare and protect.
After TEOTWAWKI when there is less of a police force available to keep law and order, those with a criminal bent will be left unchecked. People will have to fend for themselves for food, for water, and for security.
Preppers will be prime targets. Preppers will be prepared for the tough times. We will have food to eat, water purification methods to cleanse the precious liquid, and medical supplies needed to save lives.
Others will want what you have. The grasshoppers will be angry and motivated and the ants will be their targets.
As you prepare, consider your future security needs. Don’t neglect the items that will help you to keep what you’ve stored. Learn to protect yourself and to spot potential trouble before it happens. Have a plan.
A Confirmation of What We Know
Despite being a shocking statistic, 1 in 3 people arrested before the age of 23, I think the study actually confirms what we already know deep down in our hearts. The moral decay of our society is continuing. And where there is no law, it will only get worse.
What do you think? Do you believe the study? And if so, what are you doing to prepare?