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Cases of juvenile delinquency increasing at fast pace

Date Posted: 2002-12-21

According to a report published by Okinawa Prefecture Police, the number of cases of juvenile delinquency is increasing at an unprecedented pace. The report states that by the end of November, police had taken action in 29,877 cases of juvenile delinquency that mostly resulted in what police calls "corrective training." This marks the first time in 17 years that the number is approaching 30,000.

The number breaks down to 15,665 cases of loitering after midnight (between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.), 6,827 of smoking and 4,088 cases of illegal drinking. 11,902 of those apprehended were 16 to 17 years old. 13 to 15 year olds counted for U,382 cases. The report says that there are even children as young as 12 who are found playing in game centers after midnight.

Police say that the key for rectifying the problem is cooperation with families. "Kids playing out without parental supervision at all hours of the night is the start to real problems later," a police officer said. "Parents need to take better care of their kids, it cannot be only the police who discipline them," he said. "Parents, family friends, schools and neighbors should all band together and give proper support to children so they grow up to be responsible adults."

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