We live right in the inner city. My youngest has been mugged - when 11. It's tricky as I firmly believe in being able to play free range.....but I'm mindful of the environment.
They are out and about a lot to friends on their own, walking there alone or to swimming pool or this afternoon to play badminton but not the hanging around playing in a safe area that a lot of the above forum users DC experience. I so wish that weren't the case.
Have to say the mugging frightened us all. He was amazing and went into our local Indian supermarket crying and asked them to call me. I ran like a tiger mother to the shop where I came upon a group of 5 huge 15/16 yeAr old boys, with my sons scooter. To say I was ferocious is an understatement, I didn't know I had it in me! I was so loud that the shopkeeper and my son came outside to watch
Afterwards, once police called etc, the shop keeper said - wow I thought you were a child therapist......I said I am, and that's why I didn't try to get them to empathise - no point - I just wanted to keep them away from my street and make them think twice about doing it again......the police were fantastic. My DS was anxious for a whole about walking home from school etc but has now found his confidence again and seems alright about it. He's learnt something, but not something I'd like him to learn in quite that manner!
I wish we lived in a safe close or somewhere with easy access to safe bike space, but I suppose we gain in being so accessible to leisure centre, cinema, big parks, shops etc.....