These days the news of thief, burglary and murders have increased but what is more threatening is that average age of criminals are decreasing day by day. Many reports suggest an increase in involvement of youth in crimes and this phenomenon has reached an alarming level.
Many experts are of view that unemployment is the foremost cause of increased crime rate among youth. Many young graduates restore to looting and stealing of valuable items to meet their daily money needs. Lack of jobs are a great cause of frustration among young people. A study has confirmed that at-least 60% of young criminals are unemployed.
Deteriorating family values and condition is another reason for high rates of teenage crime. There is a famous quote “We Are What We See”. Family relationships are getting worse day-by-day and teenagers are subject to parental fighting and domestic violence which in turn give rise to Juvenile violence. With lack of parental supervision, the moral and emotional condition of children and youth has deteriorated.
As a society we can do lot more things to remedy this situation. There is need for more policies and schemes to provide employment to young individuals. More employment opportunities will create way to financial and mental stability thus resulting in lesser number of individuals resort to criminal activities.
Parents must find ways to spend more time with our children. Take out family time from the busy office hours to have a healthy discussion time with their children to know whats going in their mind and life. Parents should be supportive and loving towards their young ones.
More awareness programs should come up to highlight the importance of education in one’s life. Especially higher education can provide more opportunities to youngsters thus reducing the chances of them involving in crime.
We, as a society are only responsible for this phenomenon and with restoring to appropriate steps like creating more job opportunities, family-friendly policies in work, lowering cost of living and building stronger marriages, we can bring the crime rate among young to a much lower level. After all children are our future.
Courtesy: PTE Academy