If drunks wouldn't quiet down we would often try to get their friends to quiet them down. If it wasn't a critically bad situation we would give them a warning in the morning. If it happened too many times in a row and other guests were complaining, they might get asked to leave with money refunded. When removing a troublesome guest, it helps to give them a slip of paper with addresses of other local accommodation on it. Then they don't feel panicked about not having a place to stay. They put up less of an argument that way. If they are backpackers they usually understand.
I had to call the cops on a drunk guest once. The cops had to pepper-spray the guy and drag him away in handcuffs. All the guests emptied out of that half of the building -- even on the other floors. Very rare occurrence. I think that kind of thing usually only happens with transient locals who stay at hostels. That is why many hostels don't let many locals in.
Theft is a tough one. I think it's more common in "rougher" hostels that allow local residents to stay there. I worked in one city hostel where it was a problem. In the US if you have a suspect you can call the police, but there is not much that they can do. Usually it is a case of a backpacker not locking up their electronics or money. Most of the time, the theft would be done by a local resident who is staying at the hostel or a rougher kind of working traveler (not "backpacker"). If you have lockers in the rooms and people use them it shouldn't be as much of a problem.
I would go with mostly co-ed dorms, but leave a few rooms as female-only dorms. People rarely ask for male-only dorms, though there are a few (sometimes religious reasons). In the hostels I've worked at one or two rooms would be designated as unofficial "male-only" dorms... or temporarily put to other uses... I always tried to assign rooms based on who I thought would get along...
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