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Youth violence rockets under Labour.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 12, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Youth violence rockets under Labour.
Tuesday, 10.04.2007, 08:41am (GMT12)

In the absence of meaningful consequences – what did they expect?

Youth violence rockets under Labour

Simon Power MP
National Party Justice & Corrections Spokesman

09 April 2007

Youth violence rockets under Labour

The Labour-NZ First Government is failing dismally to arrest the rise in violent youth crime, says National’s Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

“The public will be very concerned about figures which show that violence and sexual offending by youths is increasing alarmingly.”

* Since 1999, total apprehensions of 14- to 20-year-olds for violent offences are up by 43.4%, with apprehensions for sexual offending up by an astounding 82%, and property damage by 29%.

* Over the same period, all crime for 14- to 20-year-olds was up by 5.6%.

* Last year alone, apprehensions for violent crimes by youths rose by 10.2%.

“These are very worrying figures, and mirror figures for overall violent crime, which has increased by almost 28% since Labour became Government – from 39,688 offences in 1999 to 50,731 offences in 2006.

“And that was after it was relatively stable between 1996 (39,866) and 1999.

“This Government is not delivering safer communities. It is clear that crime is now much nastier, and this is a major concern.

“In her 1999 election pledge card, Helen Clark promised to ‘crack down … on youth crime’.

“So far she’s failing dismally.”

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