Violent Crime 'Most Common for Young' VIOLENCE MORE LIKELY THAN DOMESTIC BURGLARY - SURVEY

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Byline: ALAN HARRIS

VIOLENT crime is the most common crime committed by young people in Warwickshire, a new report shows.

The amount of violent crime involving people aged between 16 and 20 is more than twice that of vehicle crime and about five times that of domestic burglary.

The shock figures are revealed in a crime and truancy report compiled by the county council.

Over the financial year 2001/2002, offenders aged between 16 and 20 account for nearly 800 incidents of violent crime, compared with about 350 for auto crime and about 150 for domestic burglary.

Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Rugby top the county areas where youth crime is at its highest and also have the lowest school attendance rates.

But overall school attendance in the county has improved by 0.41 per cent in the academic year 2001/ 2002, with the biggest improvement in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Figures show that 77 per cent of all domestic burglaries are committed by people aged under 26, an eight per cent rise on the previous year. …