HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 c1229W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of crime is(a) committed by and (b) committed against young males between the ages of 14 and 24 years; and if he will make a statement. [56224]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 21 May 2002]: Statistics of recorded crime are not collected by age, principally because a part of it is unsolved and therefore details of suspects are not known.

The available information relates to persons convicted or cautioned for notifiable offences in England and Wales in 2000, 41 per cent. of whom were males aged 14 to 24 years.

The 2000 British Crime Survey estimates that 25 per cent. of all personal crime (wounding, assault, robbery, theft from the person and other personal theft) reported to the survey was committed against males between the ages of 16 and 24.