Youth crime rate continues to fall

Justice Ministry report shows fewer young people are turning to crime

For the seventh consecutive year, the number of children and young people becoming criminals has fallen. According to a new report from the Justice Ministry, the number of children being reported for committing crimes has fallen by half since 2006. The numbers declined by six percent last year.

“It is good that youth crime continues to fall,” said Karen Hækkerup, the justice minister. “This report suggests that young people's lifestyles have changed so that they are less likely to commit crime.”

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Lifestyle changes
The number of suspected cases or criminal charges against 10 to 17-year-olds has dropped from 25,317 in 2006 to 13,221 in 2013. The numbers of cases among the very young (10 to 14-year-olds) has decreased the most, falling by more than 60 percent

The report said that changes to young people’s lifestyles have contributed to the drop in crime, including a drop in the number of young people experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

Read the full report here (in Danish)