Shoplifting still the top offence among juveniles

A posed photo of a woman stealing a purse. Shoplifting remains the top offence among juveniles, according to police statistics.
A posed photo of a woman stealing a purse. Shoplifting remains the top offence among juveniles, according to police statistics.PHOTO: ST FILE

About 1 in 3 nabbed last year had stolen from a shop, but fewer arrested overall, data shows

The number of children arrested fell last year, although shoplifting remained the top offence, police statistics released to The Straits Times show.

Some 1,088 juveniles under 16 were arrested last year, down from 1,134 in 2016 and 30 per cent fewer than the 1,561 caught in 2012.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2018, with the headline 'Shoplifting still the top offence among juveniles'. Print Edition | Subscribe