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  Children are too afraid to report crime
Updated 16 September 2002, 10.59
Victims of crime
Loads of you have been victims of crime - in fact, a new survey says it's a fifth of all 10 to 15-year-olds.

But half of you are too scared to tell anyone, in case you're called a grass.

The new survey was done because the government does not have official crime figures for those under 16.

It also found that:

  • half of the victims knew the person who did the crime

  • a quarter were targeted by someone their own age

  • over 750,000 of you have been mugged for money, mobiles and clothes

  • over 80,000 suffered a crime involving knives or guns

The survey also found that telling someone about a crime is seen as uncool and a hassle.

Fact File
Most-feared crimes
Theft, mugging and burglary
Drug crimes
Crimes involving weapons
Murder
But children are more likely to report a crime if you don't have to give your name.

So Crimestoppers are launching a poster campaign in schools, youth clubs and the media to publicise their free, confidential helpline - which is 0800 555111.

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