One in three home burglaries reported in West Yorkshire is carried out by someone under 18, new figures have revealed.
Between 2008 and 2013, there were 21,796 break-ins across the region which led to someone being caught and convicted. In 7,933 of these cases, the culprit was a minor.
The number of children committing burglary was revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the security firm ADT and the charity Victim Support, who received statistics back from 23 police forces nationwide.
West Yorkshire had one of the highest rates for child break-ins, with under 18s accounting for a higher percentage of offences in only three areas – Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and London.
John Hayward Cripps, of 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.”
Recent crime statistics have also shown that Yorkshire as a whole had the highest rate of domestic burglaries outside London in the year up to September 2014.
This was despite the fact that the number of offences had actually fallen significantly in several parts of the county over the 12 month period.
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