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May 11, 2018 / C H Thompson

Age and crime – revision notes with evaluation

  • The peak age for offending in England and Wales is between 15 and 18 years old (18 for men and 15 for women).
  • Deviance amongst the younger generations is known as ‘juvenile delinquency’
  • It is said that deviant activity has always been a part of young people’s lives, despite the fact that it is found young people seem to ‘discover’ a new problem within society.
  • Roe and Ash, (2006), Self-Report Survey showed that 22% of 10-15 year old’s admitted committing at least one offence in the previous 12 months.
  • Yet young people are also most likely to be the victims of crime, as if you’re aged between 16-25, you’re 6X more likely to become a victim of crime than those aged 75 or older.
  • It isn’t necessarily the age itself, but the likelihood of those being in areas, locality, where the opportunities for crime are likely to arise.

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