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Are Your Pupils’ Valuables at Risk from Theft?

May 12, 2018, 9:51 GMT+1
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  • New statistics can help you stop your students becoming victims of theft when in school
Are Your Pupils’ Valuables at Risk from Theft?

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the level of theft offences experienced by pupils aged 10-15 in England and Wales. Most worryingly, these numbers showed that 62% of incidents happen in or around the school – 52% inside, and 10% around the building.

The vast majority of offences, 77%, were committed by children aged 10-15, but 15% of offenders were under 10. Victims were typically the same age as the perpetrator, and in 62% of cases it was someone the offender knew well.

In 20% it was someone they knew by sight, and in 12% of incidents it was someone they had spoken to on occasions. In only 10% of cases was the offender a total stranger.

Perhaps one of the more surprising statistics was that in 14% of cases the offender was a friend (including boyfriend/girlfriend).

But what gets stolen the most? Unsurprisingly, cash came top of the list with 16%, joint highest with stationary and books. Clothes, mobile phones and bicycles, or bicycle parts, are the next most common items stolen, at 12%.

Bags (school bags, handbags and shopping bags) accounted for 10 % overall, followed by electrical items (6%), jewellery and watches (5%) and food and toiletries (5%).

Comparing this year’s stats to previous figures, there has been an increase in girls committing theft over the last two years. 2016’s figures were similar to this year’s, with 60% of the offenders being male and 36% female. However, the figures from 2015 revealed that 74% of thefts against children aged 10-15 were committed by males, and only 23% by females.

When it comes to how well the victim knew their attacker, the figures for 2015 and 2016 were very similar, with 56% of the victims in 2015 saying they knew the thief well, and 55% stating the same in 2016. This year’s numbers show a slight increase, with victims reporting the thief being familiar to them up to 62%.

For more information, you can view the blog post with additional research.