Number of youth offenders are on a decline
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean, says the number of youths arrested is on a downward trend.
Giving a written reply to a parliamentary question, he says in the last five years, the number of male youths arrested has steadily dropped to some 2,350 last year from about 3,200 in 2009.
Over the same period, the number of female youths arrested fell to about 670 from 1,100.
The proportion of youth offenders relative to the total number of persons arrested has dropped to 18.2 per cent last year from 22.8 per cent in 2009.
But Mr Teo says this is still slightly higher than the proportion of youth in the population, which was about 14 per cent in the last five years.
He says youth crime is a complex issue that requires a multi-agency approach to tackle.
His ministry works closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement programmes to deter and manage youth crime.
Mr Teo says while measures are put in place to ensure that youth offenders are given chances to rehabilitate and reintegrate, those who still choose to resort to violence and gang activity will be taken to task.
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