Third of burglaries in West Yorkshire carried out by CHILDREN
More than a third of home burglaries in West Yorkshire have been carried out by under 18s, one of the highest rates in the country, according to new statistics.
Of the 21,796 burglaries carried out between 2008 and 2013 in the county where an offender was caught, 7,933 were carried out by children (36.4%).
West Yorkshire also had the third highest numbers of child burglars in the findings (7,933) after Greater Manchester (8,742) and the Metropolitan Police (60,790).
The study was carried out by home security firm ADT, which submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to 43 police forces in England and Wales.
The statistics were released as part of its ‘Take No More’ campaign with the charity Victim Support, which aims to highlight the impact of burglaries.
John Hayward Cripps, Director for Victim Support, said: “From supporting thousands of burglary victims every year, we know that what they want most is for no one else to suffer like they have.
“It’s sad that the young people committing these crimes are detrimentally affecting their peers the most.
“People aged 10-16 years old are much more likely to be the victim of a crime than at any other time in their life.”
Of the 23 forces who responded to the request, Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and the Metropolitan Police had the highest percentage of child burglars.