One in three house burglaries are committed by under-18s, new figures from the Victim Support charity reveal.
The figures, released by police forces under the Freedom of Information Act for the Take No More campaign, show that nearly 100,000 break-ins in England and Wales were known to have been carried out by young people.
It’s sad that the young people committing these crimes are detrimentally affecting their peers the mostJohn Hayward Cripps, director for Victim Support
In Northamptonshire between 2008 and 2013 there were 20,297 burglaries. Although someone was arrested in only 3,391 cases, 32 per cent of these were minors.
John Hayward Cripps, director for Victim Support, said: “From supporting thousands of burglary victims every year, we know that what they want most is for no one else to suffer like they have.
“It’s sad that the young people committing these crimes are detrimentally affecting their peers the most.
“People aged 10 -16 years old are much more likely to be the victim of a crime than at any other time in their life.”
In some police force areas, the figures show as many as four out of every 10 burglaries were found to have been committed by a minor.
Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and London had the highest proportion of burglaries committed by juvenile offenders, with police forces reporting under-18s involved in 43 per cent, 41 per cent and 37 per cent of break-ins respectively.
Although progress has been made on reducing the number of burglaries committed by young people in the last few years, HM Inspectorate of Probation released a report this year finding the rate of reoffending in 10 to 17 year olds is as high as two thirds within 12 months.
Victim Support has joined forces with security company ADT to implement Take No More, a campaign to help tackle burglary.
The partnership aims to highlight the significant impact that burglary has on victims and the need to focus on preventing burglary (through increased home security) and properly supporting victims.