Big drop in teen crime – Police praise the community
THE NUMBER of crimes allegedly committed by local children has plummeted six-fold in the past decade, dropping faster than the statewide trend and earning praise from local police.
In the year from April 2009 to March 2010, 213 incidents were reported to Victoria Police that were alleged to have been committed by 10- to 17-year-olds in Glenelg Shire.
In 2011-12, the number of alleged offences dropped only slightly to 208, however rates fell considerably over the next several years to 35 in the year from April 2018 to March 2019.
Across the state, alleged offence rates among 10- to 17-year-olds dropped as well, however not at the rate of Glenelg Shire; they fell by a third between April 2009 and March 2019.
Youth resource officer for Victoria Police Portland, Lee-Anne Nelson, has worked in her role for nine years, focusing on crimes committed by people aged up to 25, and said there are several potential reasons why crime rates have dropped so dramatically, including support from the local community.