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Juvenile crime on the rise

Date Posted: 1998-06-06

Okinawa Prefecture Police addressed the issue of juvenile crime recently and released a report based on their findings. According to the report, junior high school students accounted for 60% of criminal suspects apprehended between January and April of this year. This high number exceeds Japan's national average of juvenile crime. Almost 40% of the youth currently under police protection after being sexually abused are junior high school students. These startling numbers have caused officials to discuss ways to prevent such problems with youth in the future.

The results of the investigation were reported at the Cooperative Conference between the Prefecture Education Bureau and the Okinawa Prefecture Police. During the meeting, leaders exchanged ideas and opinions and vowed to tackle problems facing youth today, while preventing juvenile delinquency.

According to the report, 7,158 teens were arrested or taken into custody after committing delinquent acts between January and April of this year. 1,376 more youths were detained this year, compared to the same time frame last year.

Police apprehended 6,814 minors due to their behavior or actions and arrested a total of 305 teens who committed a criminal offense. Both figures have increased dramatically since last year.

The number of victims of sexual abuse who received or are receiving police help has also risen. 39% of individuals protected by the police are involved in cases dealing with sexual crimes or the amusement and entertainment trades.

According to investigators specializing in cases involving juveniles, most adolescents who have been detained or arrested committed their crimes in order to get money. Robbery suspects make up the highest percentage of offenders.

Okinawan police are planning to crack down on juvenile crime and those crimes concerning the welfare of adolescents. Police investigators who head the juvenile crime section have requested more information regarding crimes of a sexual nature and the damages done to the victims.

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