Youth offending gets more violent

Press 29 April 2010

Young people are offending less overall but are committing more violent offences, a Ministry of Justice report shows. The report, which used data from 1992 to 2008, found that apprehension rates for children (10 to 13 years) and youths (14 to 16) had declined since peaking in 1996. Canterbury had the sixth-lowest child rate and fifth-lowest youth rate out of the 12 police districts in 2008. However, the national rate of violent offences committed by youths had increased from 173 apprehensions per 10,000 population in 2004 to 198 in 2008.
Aggravated robbery up 50%
grievous serious assault up 44%
Violent offences up 21%