Youth crime, also known as juvenile delinquency, is the illegal acts of a minor, commonly under the age of seventeen. Any illegal act in itself is necessary cause for concern, but youth crime is an immediate concern for authorities, as incorrect behavior at a young age can influence a lifestyle to mimic and follow through with it. Many law enforcement authorities seek to help aid in the prevention of youth crime, and in recent years, it has declined as much as 36%, stated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Whether it’s vandalisation, underage drinking or drug use, robbery, or murder, the attempts to prevent these youth crimes is critical.
While it’s not possible to avoid all risk of juvenile delinquency, there are precautionary measures which can be taken by parents, friends, associates, and family members of troubled youth.
Although there is no concrete way of predicting when and which children will behave in criminal ways, there are many different factors to look to for correlation. Socioeconomic, family history and relationships, academic issues and any past abuse are all risk factors for troubled youth to follow through particularly violent paths. It’s important to handle a situation involving youth crime with integrity and a sincere and well devised attempt to provide prevention at any point.