If children stay locked away at home, the chance they will be stolen from, hit, stabbed, or kidnapped is zero percent — much in the way an indoor cat lives longer.
There is a serious point to be made here: we can reach ultimate security if we give up all of our liberties.
When it comes to private establishments, the German government is purely dependent on the law-abiding natures of the owners.
But those cities who extend the curfew to cover simply being outside find themselves with the plight of law enforcement attempting to cope with legislative inflation.
But more importantly, there is a larger point between the history of the curfew as protection from a fire hazard and authoritarian restrictions for political goals: power prevails.
Proponents of curfews argue they protect teenagers from potential dangers, and that argument is ultimately true.
Children and teenagers already have to follow an enormous set of rules that are not laws at all, generated by their guardians.
Being under tutelage couldn’t be more arbitrary, since the rules change depending on the mood of their adult overseer — and they are often more restrictive than the law.
The policy of having trained police officers catch teenagers at night to establish their age (since few teenagers make a habit of carrying identification around) and then press charges ultimately makes as much sense as taking the time to establish who threw over whose sandcastle first.
The first records we have of state curfews are those imposed by the royal authorities in Europe during the 9th century.