11% of offenses registered in the Brussels region between 2008 and 2012 involved under-18s, whereas young adults (18-25) were responsible for 13% of the cases, points out a report by INCC (National Forensics and Criminology Institute), published by the daily Le Soir on Friday. During that timeframe the rate of offending minors registered by prosecutors dropped by 34%. The INCC report also shows a constant increase in the participation of females in offenses. It now reaches 25% amongst minors and the under 25s.
The report also notes that juvenile delinquency is not limited to a “hard-core” group of serious offenders. Only 24% of minors registered for an offense are involved in more than 1 case.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)