New research reveals patterns of offending frequency for offenders aged 10 to 17.

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has today released its sixth ‘in brief’ research paper titled Patterns of recorded offending behaviour amongst young Victorian offenders. This new research continues a program of work exploring youth crime.

The research identifies groups of offenders based on their distinct patterns of offending behaviour between the ages of 10 and 17. Four offending groups emerged based on when young people were first recorded for an offence and how often they subsequently offended (low, adolescent-limited, late developing and high). The vast majority (89%) of offenders fell into the low frequency group, who had an average of just 0.4 offences recorded per year at the peak of their offending.

The high group included offenders whose offending steadily increased from a young age before beginning to decline between the ages of 15 and 17, and offending amongst the late developing group started at a low frequency before increasing rapidly from the age of 15.

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