More than a third of home burglaries in West Yorkshire are carried out by under-18s, one of the highest rates in the country, according to new figures.
Of the 21,796 burglaries between 2008 and 2013 in the county where an offender was caught, 7,933 were carried out by minors, a rate of 36.4 per cent.
Of the 23 police forces that responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by security firm ADT and the charity Victim Support, only Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester and London had a higher rate.
In South Yorkshire 25 per cent of home burglaries were carried out by under-18s, and in North Yorkshire the rate was 18.5 per cent. Humberside Police did not respond to the request for information.
John Hayward Cripps, of Victim Support, said: “From supporting thousands of burglary victims every year, we know that what they want most is for no one else to suffer like they have.
“It’s sad that the young people committing these crimes are detrimentally affecting their peers the most. People aged 10-16 years old are much more likely to be the victim of a crime than at any other time in their life.”
The most recent crime statistics showed that Yorkshire had the highest rate of domestic burglaries for any region outside London in the year to September 2014.
During this period, West Yorkshire saw 11.3 burglaries per 1,000 households and South Yorkshire 13.1. This is despite a substantial reduction in the number of household burglaries compared with the previous year, most notably in West and South Yorkshire.
In 2011, a teen burglar wrote a letter to his victims in Leeds telling them it was their own fault they were targeted.