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Number of arrested youths declined in last five years

While measures are in place to ensure that youth offenders are given chances to rehabilitate, those who still resort to violence and gang activity will be taken to task, says Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

SINGAPORE: The number of youths arrested in the last five years (2009 - 2013), has been declining, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean in a written response to a parliamentary question on Tuesday (July 8).

The number of male youths arrested has decreased from 3,175 in 2009 to 2,347 last year. Over the same period, the number of female youths arrested was also on a downward trend, dropping from 1,096 in 2009 to 673 last year. 

DPM Teo said that while measures are put in place to ensure that youth offenders are given chances to rehabilitate and reintegrate, those who still choose to resort to violence and gang activity will be taken to task. 

He added that police regularly patrol popular youth congregation areas to prevent youth crime. 

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