THE security initiatives in Dalton and Rawthorpe (Examiner April 7) will make it slightly more difficult for criminals to enter homes. But will residents feel any safer if they choose to investigate a noise outside their property at night; or even in the daylight hours?

A superior mission might be to ensure that teenagers, whatever else they might want to do with their lives, do not want to become criminals, and anyone who makes that choice knows (through education and the media) that the penalties for criminal acts quickly become very severe indeed. That is the kind of fear that could be used in a war against crime.