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.