Youth crime worries northern police

Police opened more than 8,000 criminal cases against youths in Haifa and surrounding areas in 2006 - three times as many cases as in the Tel Aviv area.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 25, 2007 10:15
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Police opened more than 8,000 criminal cases against youths in Haifa and surrounding areas in 2006 - three times as many cases as in the Tel Aviv area, senior police told a conference in Haifa last week. And the number of cases in the Haifa beach area puts it in first place for youth violence and burglary in Israel, reports Yediot Haifa. According to the report, senior police officers said the numbers do not necessarily indicate a huge growth in crime among Haifa's youths, but reflect greater police efforts to crack down on errant teenagers. But the report also said that the police are particularly worried about the growing numbers of youths involved with drugs. Some 541 cases were opened against young people in the Haifa area in 2006 for using, selling or possessing drugs. "There exists a widespread phenomenon that we have termed 'Bored Youths,' who wander around without anything to do and are tempted by a criminal lifestyle," northern police commander Ronny Atia told the conference. "These youths carry out acts of burglary and violence, the use and sale of drugs. Sometimes they are sent out on missions of extortion, threats and arson on the instruction of other criminals." Atia added that today's criminal youths are more daring and more violent than young criminals in previous generations, and that the use and sale of drugs "touches almost every school in the area of the coast and is spreading." He vowed to fight the phenomenon, both with strict law enforcement and with police educational activities.

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