Juveniles continue to indulge in petty crimes, including snatching, thefts and pickpocketing, across the city. The data available with the Chandigarh Police reveals that 71 juveniles have been arrested for different kinds of crime till May this year.
Largely, juveniles have been arrested for incidents of snatching and robbery. Sources in the police claim that the juveniles again get active when they are let off from the juvenile home.
As a result, the same set of criminals continues to strike again and again.
A juvenile is a young person who has not attained the age of 18. After arrest they are produced before juvenile court and sent to juvenile homes for reformation.
In the past three years, more than 300 juveniles have been arrested for petty offences, including snatching, pickpocketing, gambling and thefts.
However, with change in crime scene and increase in their involvement, most of them have been nabbed in robbery cases.
In 2013, the Chandigarh Police arrested 117 juveniles as against 114 in 2012.
Elaborating on the trends, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), crime, Jagbir Singh says, “Children who are involved in crime are the ones who are from underprivileged families and are not getting facilities. They do not attend regular schools and indulge in drugs. To fulfill their needs, these children get into petty crimes and resort to illegal activities.”
The DSP adds, “Parents are also responsible when they fail to check the movement of their children.”
Adding to this, DSP (central) Ashish Kapoor says, “The juveniles generally start with motor-vehicle thefts. After that they indulge in mobile snatching and petty robberies by flashing knives to people in isolated areas.
“The juveniles largely come from nearby colonies and are school dropouts. They get fascinated for quick money and break take law in their hands,” Kapoor adds.