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Some seven percent of all criminal offenses are carried out by youths, Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Tuesday, at a conference in
Beersheba dedicated to the welfare of minors.
Aharonovitch said 24,400
criminal cases involving youths were opened by police in 2011, representing a
12% drop compared to 2010.
“It is no secret that the State of Israel
deals with many threats from outside and within, but we must not overlook... the
serious phenomenon of youth crime, which poses a real threat to the future of
many Israeli youths, and seriously harms the fabric of life in the country,” the
Aharonovitch also praised the younger generation, saying
it was “excellent and unique [and] smart.”
“It volunteers, and
contributes [to society],” he said, adding that “the difficult security reality
that characterizes our country caused it to grow up before its time.”
said programs aimed at preventing youths from falling into a life of crime were
key to cutting offenses, and listed several projects that operate out of his
ministry, such as the City Without Violence Program.
Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said police were taking a tough line on
underage drinking, adding that this approach was vital to preventing violence
and thuggery among teenagers.
He urged other state institutions to join
the battle against youth crime, calling for a mix of education, prevention,
rehabilitation of underage offenders, and deterrence to tackle the issue.