Investigation: Juvenile delinquency continues to decline in NRW

Dusseldorf.
Good news from NRW: Juvenile delinquency is declining in almost all areas. But there are still problems – for example on the Internet.

According to a new situation report, juvenile delinquency in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) continues to decline. According to the report by the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine-Westphalia for 2020, the number of minors and adolescents suspected of a crime fell by more than 10 percent to 88,680. A year earlier there were 98,680 young suspects.

Internet and sex crimes are on the rise

However, young people in NRW were noticeably more likely to commit crimes on the Internet. There, an increase of 21 percent to 5310 suspected young people was registered in the same period. The crimes against sexual self-determination increased even more: by 41.6 percent to 5160 suspects. The increases are mainly caused by the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The number of juvenile crime victims fell by 4.8 percent. Bucking the trend, however, the number of juvenile victims of sexual abuse doubled from 164 to 327. According to the situation report, typical youth crimes such as theft, physical injury, property damage, drug-related crime and fare evasion were all on the decline. (dpa)


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