Youths in the 17-24 age range account for the bulk of reported crimes in Vanuatu, the Police Information Management System (PIMS) has recorded.
The PIMS also revealed that there are very young offenders between the ages of 12-16 years old and 17-20 years old. People aged 21-24 and 25-28 have also been arrested for their involvement in criminal activities.
The common criminal offence committed by these different age groups include intentional homicide, theft, malicious damage to property, sexual-related offences, possession and consumption of illegal drugs and use of abusive and threatening words.
Given the report released by PIMS, the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) is reminding parents and community leaders to reconsider their responsibilities towards their children.
The VPF also note that Vanuatu is approaching its Independence Anniversary and there are possibilities for youths to be involved in criminal activities during that period, as such it is reminding everyone to work together to reduce crime in Vanuatu.