Most kids aged 10-15 are victims of crime in Britain

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London, Oct 10 (UNI) Almost all children aged between 10-15 years in Britain are victims of crime, a study revealed.

According to a survey conducted by the Howard League for Penal Reform, 95 per cent of those aged between 10-15 years in the country have experienced crime at least once.

Out of more than 3,000 children, almost three-quarters had been assaulted, two-thirds had been victims of theft, more than half had seen their property deliberately damaged, while others reported threats or verbal abuse, the Guardian reported.

The study, entitled ''Children as victims: child-sized crimes in a child-sized world'', found the majority of incidents occurred in schools and playgrounds and that kids were unlikely to report these.

It was found that children feared crime and wanted safe places for play.

Director of the Howard League, Frances Crook said, ''Children are rarely consulted about the impact of crime on their lives. Adults would discover that children are frequently the victims of crime perpetrated by other young people.These crimes are often not reported, as children think adults will not listen to them or that the crime will be viewed as too small to bother with.'' These figures are in sharp contrast to government figures.

According to the 2003 Home Office Crime and Justice Survey only 35 per cent of children aged 10-15 years had experienced at least one crime in the previous year.

UNI

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