A few nights ago there was a breakin on my estate and I was asked to provide CCTV recordings (I have 3 cameras) to help the Gardai find out who did it. My camera being intended primarily to protect me could still see someone at the foot of the outside stairs, and the pattern seems familiar to my own past run-ins with anti-social behaviour - namely that it tends to be male teenagers doing it. While going through the CCTV with a Garda I raised my experiences from years ago and mentioned that back then the Gardai did nothing other than talk to the parents. He pointed out that they couldn't charge children and the courts would not convict them. I then asked him about the ASBO (anti social behaviour order) idea from a couple of years ago, which would have allowed curfews to be imposed on them. He said the ASBO is not properly codified into legislation so they can't do that either.
If the children can't/won't be taken to task by the State, then what about the parents? Should parents of at least persistant anti-social behaviour offenders be sanctioned in some way by the State - both as a deterrent to the child and also to force them to live up to their responsibilities as parents to stop their children from menacing society while living under their roof?
Personally I favour fines/prison for such parents if they are willfully negligent in their duties to prevent such behaviour.