Crime > Fewer crimes committed by youths

Posted on March 22, 2017

Original image by Alan Cleaver

Jesica Alonso reports on how technology may be helping to make the world safer
A recent crime survey for England and Wales found that, since the mid-1990s, the number of offences has fallen by half. The survey was based on the experiences of the victims, rather than the perpetrators.

It is astounding that the number of young people who commit crime between the ages 10-17 has dropped by 84% since 2006. The number of adults has declined also but only by just 46%.

Young people are committing less crime because items that they used to steal, like televisions and mobile phones, have fallen in value. So they are no longer worth stealing.

Also security measures such as anti-theft alarms have made it more difficult to get into homes.

The survey also found that, young people who admitted to experimenting with drugs fell by half, between 2001 and 2014.

Tim Bateman of the University of Bedfordshire argues that less drug taking means less crime.

“Children are less likely to commit crimes when they are not drunk or high. Technology may also be helping to make the world less crime-ridden. Hours spent on computers and smartphones mean fewer opportunities to get up to no good.”

What I think
These figures reflect better security and health amongst young people in the UK.

I think young people are less likely to commit crimes when they are not drunk or high, because they can think clearly about what they are doing in the moment.

I agree with Tim Bateman. I think that the rates will continue to fall, as more young people are interested in staying at home with technology, so are distracted from committing crime.

Jesica Alonso
Jesica is currently studying ESOL Entry 3 at Enfield College, and aspires to be a journalist in the future. Her hobbies include acting, cooking and visiting new places.



3 Responses to Fewer crimes committed by youths

  1. Jesse March 27, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    this was a very informative article, as it clearly states a very positive side to technology. Good job.

  2. hope June 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    I myself agree with this article very much. I was raised in a household where ‘Get them whatever they want, keeps them inside.’ This essentially means my parents would usually give me mostly anything I asked for which would distract me and made me stay home and and avoid drugs n’ alcohol.

  3. Julia August 4, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    This is a very good article that surprised me as I thought crime rates caused by young people would have increased.

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