Young People as Victims of Crime
Young people are more likely to be victims of crime than older people.
According to the latest New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey, 54% of 15-24 year olds had been victimised at least once in 2008. This compares to 37% of the population as a whole. Māori youth are particularly at risk.
This survey also found that young people are more likely to be victimised by those they know well. They are also more likely to be victimised repeatedly.
When it comes to reporting crime, the survey found that young people are less likely to do so than older people. Over 70% of victims aged 15-24 did not report the crime to Police.
New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2009
Ministry of Justice (2010)
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