Community Problems - Our Responsibility

Essay by YiLeiTHigh School, 10th gradeA+, September 2007

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Many people believe that our government should do more to solve our problems. Yet, when we expect our government, rather than ourselves, to come up with solutions for both our communities' and nations' ills, we have walked down a path which leads us away from being self-reliant and independent. Why can we not affect changes in our communities to everyone's benefit when it is within our abilities? Why must we always ask the government for help to solve community problems when there are more serious national problems to be dealt with? These community problems would ultimately distract the government from focusing on national problems. Indeed, each community must be more responsible for their problems, for example, crime, local pollution, inadequate transportation, and education.

Crimes including burglaries, robberies, mugging, and car theft can disrupt and destroy communities. Such crimes can be prevented by effectively by recruiting more police officers to patrol streets, improving security with CCTV and locks within buildings, and increasing the citizens' awareness on how to protect themselves.

Advertisements and lectures by the police or local community centers may help to raise awareness so that the local residents would know how to prevent thefts. Since there is a possibility that thefts may often be carried out by teenagers who have nothing to do during the day, youth centers may be set up by the local community using donations so that teenagers may have free recreational activities to keep them occupied.

Apart from relying on the construction of youth centers, parents must realize that they are also responsible for their children's actions. By spending more time with their children and caring more about their personal life, parents may play an active role in decreasing the rate of teenage crimes since the teenagers would have adults to turn to when they...