Juveniles responsible for 8.40 percent of crime

The body of figures indicates that for the federation, 8.40 percent or 56 of the 667 detected crimes were committed by juveniles. On Nevis, which had 366 crimes for 2010, 167 of which were solved, 8.98 percent (15 crimes) was committed by juveniles. St. Kitts’ percentage of crimes committed by juveniles was similar with 41 of the 500 detected crime (8.2 percent) being committed by juveniles.

The Federation’s figure for 2010, increased by 1.12 percent over 2009’s 7.28 percent. For St. Kitts, there was a 1.43 percent increase. In 2009, 40 or 6.77 percent of the 591 solved crimes were perpetrated by juveniles and in Nevis 12 or 9.75 percent of the 123 detected crimes were perpetrated by the same.

Thus, while the rate of juvenile involvement in criminal activity increased in St. Kitts (6.77 in 2009 to 8.2 in 2010), it decreased in Nevis (9.75 in 2009 to 8.89 in 2010).

Most of the crimes saw juvenile involvement of 10 percent or less, zero in most cases. However, there were those in which involvement of near 30 percent was recorded.

Of the 96 reported incidents of wounding (which excludes firearms), 12 were committed by juveniles, which equates to 12.5 percent. Almost 29 percent of acts of unlawful carnal knowledge acts committed in 2010 were committed by juveniles with almost 27 percent of incidences of house breaking and larceny are attributed to the same group.

There were 533 reported acts of larceny with 91 being solved and according to the statistics, 11 or 12.09 percent of the detected cases were committed by juveniles.

The report further indicates that of the four major categories of crime, the Offences Against Morality category registers the largest percentage of juvenile involvement.

In the Offences Against the Person category, 12 percent was perpetrated by juveniles, 17.07 in the Offences Against Morality category, 11.74 in the Offences Against Property category and in the Offences Against Lawful Authority category, 1.96 percent juvenile involvement was recorded.





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