Why is this important?
Increased crime levels involving juveniles are particularly disturbing because the future of a community lies in the ability of its youth to develop into emotionally stable and productive adults.
What is the measure?
The standard seven categories of crime reported each year include homicide, forcible rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny (theft except motor vehicles), and motor vehicle theft.
How are we doing?
An encouraging statistic for Tuolumne County is that the number of juvenile arrests decreased significantly in 2003 and 2004 compared to 2001 and 2002—with juvenile crime continuing to decrease. Many factors influence crime in our society, and no one factor or identified series of factors can be absolutely attributed to an increase or decrease in crime. Possible reasons for the decrease in juvenile crime might include the increased number of community youth programs, the expansion of law enforcement school resource officer and probation officer programs in our schools, and educational emphasis among our youth on combating alcohol and drug abuse.