Theft most common youth crime

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21 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Theft is by far the most common crime among youth aged 12 to 18. This emerged from new statistics on juvenile delinquency from the juvenile prosecution offices of the National Institute for Crime and Criminology, De Morgen reported on Friday.

21 September 2007

BRUSSELS – Theft is by far the most common crime among youth aged 12 to 18. This emerged from new statistics on juvenile delinquency from the juvenile prosecution offices of the National Institute for Crime and Criminology, De Morgen reported on Friday.


In 2005 66,342 minors were involved in the 82,305 cases that were referred to juvenile prosecution offices. In just over half of those cases the youth had been involved in a crime (a total of 45,722 offences). 45 percent of referrals took place because of a problematic situation at home.

42 percent of the crimes involved "crime against property," and amounted to theft in three out of four cases, sometimes violent. 17.8 percent of the total number of crimes were offences against persons, including deliberate assault and injury, sex offences or (attempted) murder or manslaughter. 14.4 percent of the crimes involved traffic offences, 10 percent involved drugs and 10 percent involved disturbing public order.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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