New fact sheet released: changes in youth crime over the past decade

How much crime do young people account for now compared with ten years ago? 

Have the types of offences police record for young people changed over time? 


The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has today released a short fact sheet that aims to answer these questions.

The paper examines the police-recorded offending behaviour of young alleged offenders, and how their behaviour differed across three separate two-year time periods (2007-2008, 2011-2012 and 2015-2016). 

Key findings include:

  • The proportion of incidents committed by alleged offenders under the age of 25 has fallen from half of all incidents recorded in 2007-2008 to 40% of all incidents in 2015-2016. 
  • The proportion of young offenders recorded with higher numbers of incidents has increased slightly over time. For example, during 2007-2008, 17% of offenders under the age of 25 had three or more incidents recorded, and this increased to 22% in 2015-2016. 
  • Over the past five years, the proportions of young offenders recorded for offences against the person, drug offences and justice procedures offences have increased, while the proportions recorded for property and deception offences and other offences have decreased. 

The full publication can be accessed here.