Two-thirds of all crimes are committed by males under the
age of 25; one half of all crimes by males under 20 (females
committing crimes are outnumbered 7 to 1 by males). Of all
age-groups, 15-16 year old boys are the most likely to commit
There have always been worries about young people committing
crime. As crime increased in the 20th century, so the worries
increased. With universal education, better health and increased
prosperity, why were so many young males involved with crime?