Almost 300 burglaries committed by minors in Lincolnshire

Nearly 300 burglaries were committed by under 18s between 2008 and 2013, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, released by police forces across the country under the Freedom of Information Act for the Take No More campaign, show that 2,137 burglars were caught in the county.

Of these, 279 were juveniles, amounting to just over 13% of the overall total.

Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and London had the highest proportion of burglaries committed by juvenile offenders. In Nottinghamshire offenders under the age of 18 were responsible for 2,232 out of a total of 5,116 burglaries.

Nationally, nearly 100,000 break-ins in England and Wales were known to have been carried out by young people (32% of the total number of burglaries identified).

Gail Hunter, spokesperson for security firm ADT, who obtained the figures said: “Through our Take No More campaign with Victim Support, we have found that some of the worst affected victims of burglary are children, yet these statistics have shown that the perpetrators of the crimes are children themselves.

“Our aim is to deter burglars and give householders peace of mind.”

John Hayward Cripps, Director for Victim Support, said: “From supporting thousands of burglary victims every year, we know that what they want most is for no one else to suffer like they have.

“It’s sad that the young people committing these crimes are detrimentally affecting their peers the most. People aged 10 -16 years old are much more likely to be the victim of a crime than at any other time in their life.”