The Herald has a little shock piece on child offending: “5-year-old sex offender on crime list“. Of course, what the offence was isn’t mentioned and there’s good reasons why children aren’t held legally responsible for their actions.
There is an interesting sentence though:
“Although the numbers are slightly up on the previous year, they are about half those of a decade ago.”
I went to Stats and got the full numbers. And, guess what, they’re tightly linked to the unemployment rate:
Unemployment is an affliction on society that creates poverty and alienation, which leads to an array of negative social outcomes including crime. Now, we see that isn’t just limited to adults who can find no work, it extends to the kids as well.
One more reason why John Key’s Do Nothing Government, and vainglorious Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, in particular need to get serious about getting the 276,000 jobless Kiwis back into work.
[PS I haven’t adjusted the graph for population growth, no time. It won’t have a significant effect on the correlation though]