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Washington police report disturbing rise in juvenile crimes

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Juvenile offenses |

Teens are known to engage in rebellious activities from time to time. However, this behavior sometimes crosses the line and becomes illegal or criminal activity. In Washington, juvenile crime has risen in recent years. Recently, law enforcement agencies across the state issued warnings that crime among teens is not only increasing, but the nature of these juvenile offenses seems to be getting more severe. 

An uptick in juvenile crime 

In just the last few months, multiple juvenile crimes involving theft, arson and hit and runs have been reported by police across the state. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says juvenile crime is escalating, which is particularly disturbing. According to an officer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the number and nature of these crimes is something he has never seen before in his career. Just recently, authorities said 15-year-old teens were accused of burning a middle school in Tacoma.  

In Tukwila, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly accused of robbing and assaulting elderly victims. The sheriff in Snohomish County said they are seeing a rise in gang violence committed by juveniles. Citizens and victims say the apparent lack of consequences for teen criminals may be a big reason for the rise in crime. Even police say there’s not much they can do in many instances such as juveniles committing property crimes.  

Help for juvenile offenders 

While it is evident that reform is needed, many juvenile offenders go on to lead productive lives once they realize the penalties they could face for their actions. Fortunately, there is help available for juveniles in Washington who have been accused of crimes. Parents have the right to speak with an experienced attorney who can offer invaluable guidance and advice on the best course of action to take.