Youth crime by the numbers

Saturday, June 6, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Mayor Darwin Hindman and Councilwoman Laura Nauser talked earlier this week about an increase in youth crime and measures to minimize it.

But a closer look at the numbers shows that in 2001, 2002 and 2003, youth crime was significantly higher as a proportion of all crimes than it was in 2008. 


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Youths committed about 30 percent of crime in 2001, then slowly dropped for several years. Youth crime rates are now approaching statistics similar to those of  2004  – more than 24 percent.

One of the crimes that youth are disproportionately responsible for is larceny, or stealing. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, people 18 and younger make up 19.7 percent of Columbia’s population. However, they were responsible for 45 to 49 percent of larcenies each year between 2001 and 2009.



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Ray Shapiro June 6, 2009 | 3:43 p.m.

Apparently the age group between 15-24 seems to have a high arrest record.
I wonder how these stats would look if we looked at a sub-group of 15-21 and 22-29.
There seems to be a spike within the 19-24 age group and I'm curious as to what age impacts that statistic.
Regardless of stats, most adults in Columbia would probably appreciate a more peaceful summer, with a teen curfew...

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Monica Eames June 7, 2009 | 7:20 p.m.

I wonder what the stats were in previous decades. While we've always had criminals and teens are not known for their maturity and intelligence at that stage of their lives, something tells me that the decline in fathers (sperm depositors do not count), manners and overall morals in the last 50 years has a lot to do with the problem.

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