However, the number of female juvenile delinquents falls once the girls reach 16.
Not unaspiringly the study reveals a link between social background and crime. Young people from the relatively deprived municipalities of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Sint-Joost-Ten-Node are 3 to 4 times more likely to become juvenile delinquents than those from the relatively prosperous municipalities of Ukkel and Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.
Hard core delinquents
A hard core of repeat offenders (3.5% of the total) has been convicted of more than 10 crimes. This relatively small group is responsible for a quarter of all juvenile crime.
The proportion of juvenile crime in the overall crime figures is falling. Minors are currently responsible for 11% all crime. This rises to 13% if we take into account all crimes committed by those under 25.
There is little evidence to show that criminals are getting younger. In 2008 1.9% of criminals were 11 when the committed their first offence. This was 2% in 2012.
The number of reported crimes involving juveniles fell by a third between 2008 and 2012.