Laura is 16 years old.
She was with friends in Streatham Common when a group of boys with knives approached them. They targeted the males in the group and became violent towards them, taking valuables such as iPods, phones and money. Although Laura herself did not have anything stolen it has changed her attitude, and she doesn’t carry her iPod as often.
Felix is 17 years old.
He was walking through a park with his brother
on his way home from school when he was approached from behind and told to hand over his phone. Nothing was stolen but Felix was hit. After three days he reported it to the police. Felix has become desensitised to crime, and he says, ‘It happens to almost everyone.’