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Young people in Birmingham
Young Robbers
Sunday October 29 2000
Reporter Shelley Jofre
Producer Sam Bagnall
Assistant Producer Stephen McQuillan




Sam Bagnall answered your questions on the issues raised in Young Robbers in a live webcast. Click on the link below to watch coverage of the forum
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Shelley Jofre investigates the growing problem of robbing and mugging between young people. The programme shows how the West Midlands police are trying to tackle the problem.

Click here for more on West Midlands police's controversial Stop and Search policy

Panorama reveals the findings of a specially commissioned survey into youth crime. The results will fuel further concern over crime figures after this month's British Crime Survey showed a 14% increase in robbery across England and Wales last year.

Panorama Survey
Over 3000 schoolchildren completed the survey
The Panorama survey highlights the growing concern about crime among a wider age range of children and teenagers than the British Crime Survey. It shows that the Government may be grossly underestimating crime figures by not including robbery among those under sixteen years old.

The programme asked West Midland schoolchildren aged between 11-18 years old to complete a questionnaire about their experiences and fears of crime. The survey reveals that one in four schoolchildren have been robbed.

Read the full results of the survey

The findings highlight the growing concern about crime among a wide range of children and teenagers.

Click here for Police advice on how to beat the robbers

When I go to town the only jewellery I really wear is a watch

A cautious schoolgirl
One schoolgirl tells Shelley Jofre, "You can't go on the top of the bus, especially at night, because you're scared that people are going to come up to you and mug you. You don't feel safe."

Another claims she takes precautions to avoid being mugged: "Like when I'm going to town. I take as less money as I can. I take some of my jewellery off. When I go to town the only jewellery I really wear is a watch just so I know what time it is. Other than that - nothing."

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