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Fewer young criminals in Denmark

Every fourth person arrested in Denmark last year was not a Danish resident

Stealing bikes is one of the most common crimes committed by Danes aged 10-14 (photo: iStock)
December 13th, 2016 3:37 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The number of registered crimes committed by 10 to 14-year-olds in Denmark has almost halved over the last six years, according to new figures from Statistics Denmark.

The most common offences tend to include shoplifting and bicycle and car thefts.

Similarly, the number of convictions among 15 to 19-year-olds has fallen by 46 percent over the last 10 years.

Youths aged 15-24 were mostly convicted of violating the criminal law, which includes a wide range of offences such as vandalism, theft, robbery, violence and rape.

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Fewer burglaries
In general, the number of registered crimes fell by 4 percent last year compared to 2014 – the decline was particularly down to fewer burglaries and thefts.

Every fourth person arrested in 2015 was not a Danish resident, which includes tourists, asylum-seekers and foreigners staying in the country illegally.

The new figures also reveal that more than a half of those convicted of violating traffic laws were 40 or over, while only 5 percent of these crimes were committed by people under the age of 20.