Over 160 youths under 18 years of age were charged with assault.

89 youths were charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

 106 youths were charged with property damage.

167 youths were charged with shoplifting.

74 youths were charged with theft from a motor vehicle.

 44 youths were charged with residential burglaries.

Karen Hart, Visy Cares Hub General Manager, said “Brimbank had one of the highest levels of social disadvantage in Melbourne’s West, and noted that a sense of disconnection from family, friends and the community encouraged young people to take part in risky behaviour”.

Chris Gilbert, Brimbank’s Acting Inspector, said “there were a number of reasons why young people committed offences, including peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, social disadvantage, immaturity and boredom”…and that “None of these issues are unique to Brimbank”.

For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au

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