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The Commissioner of Police, Atlee Rodney, presented his annual report on the state of criminal activities in Antigua and Barbuda.
The report reveals some concerning trends regarding the involvement of young people in criminal activities.
According to the report, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of young people under the age of 18 who are either the victims of criminal activities or are themselves perpetrators of crime.
The Commissioner disclosed that over the past year, 20 young people under the age of 18 were arrested for various crimes.
This is a worrying trend that cannot be overlooked. The number of young people who were victims of crime during the same period is also alarming.
The report states that the total number of persons between the ages of 10 and 25 who were victims of crime was 139, with 69 males and 70 females. Additionally, there were 246 young people between the ages of 14 and 25 who were arrested.
These statistics have raised concerns among law enforcement officials and the wider community about the welfare of young people in the country.