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I was walking with my boyfriend down barracks row, in the early evening in the summer. Still light out, and many people eating outside just a half a block up. We see two boys (12-13 years old?) next to a bike rack, one pulls out a bolt cutter, and cuts the lock right in front of us. Without thinking I said (not too forcefully) “Hey, don’t do that”, and kind of kept walking. My boyfriend however, stood there talking to the kids until the older one finally told the other that they were going to leave, not before the younger told me “I should smack that ice cream out of your hands.” I was kind of shaken up afterwards, you never know I guess if someone older is wiating somewhere else you know? In hindsight I should have called the police, probably even kept walking and called the police without them knowing, while trying to observe as much about their descriptions as possible. (In your case maybe noting the license plate number?)
His POV was that you can’t just not stand up to crime, and that he can’t be afraid of kids that age since his plan is to be teaching them. I kind of felt unconfortable for getting personally invovled, so I really think it is fair to follow your personal level of comfort for what feels safe to you.