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184 children were injured in different crimes in Latvia this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period of 2012, the number of crimes involving minors has reduced slightly in Latvia. The number of children subjected to sexual and physical violence has notably reduced. However, minors are more frequently becoming victims of mugging and kidnapping attempts.

Crime trends of minors remain more or less the same they were in 2012, State Police report.

According to information compiled by the Interior Ministry, a total of 184 children became victims of criminal acts. This is 19 children less than there were in 2012. However, it is worth remembering that the total number of minors in Latvia gradually reduces as well.

During this period of time, children have more often become victims of theft or mugging. In 40% of all cases, children became victims of domestic and other violence.

There was a notable reduction in the number of cases of physical abuse of children (from 39 last year to 17 this year) and sexual abuse (from 42 last year to 31 this year).

Children aged 14 to 17 suffered the most in terms of different crimes being committed against them these past six months – more than half of the crimes against children were committed against children of this age range. Children aged 7 to 13 years suffered 39% of such crimes. In 9% of all crimes, children under the age of 6 were harmed in one way or another.

After compiling information regarding crimes committed by minors, officials conclude that this trend remains mostly unchanged. In the first six months of 2012, minors committed a total of 478 crimes in Latvia. In the same period of 2013, however, minors committed a total of 324 crimes.

84% of the crimes committed by minors were mostly thefts. Compared to the same period of 2012, the number of crimes committed by minors has reduced by 16%.

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