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Almost a doubling of reported youth violence in the Bergen area

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The figures from Bergen, Askøy and Øygarden apply to reports of violent offenses where the accused, suspect or convicted person is under 18 years of age. Illustration photo: Richard Halland / NTB

Of NTB | 15.04.2024 18:53:50

society: In the last two years, youth crime has skyrocketed in Bergen and the surrounding area, just like in the rest of the country, writes Bergens Tidende.

Last year, 70 violent offenses were reported in the first quarter, while 126 such cases were reported from January to March this year. The figures from the West police district apply to reports of violent offenses with an accused, suspect or convicted person under the age of 18.

On Monday evening, parents of teenagers gather for a crisis meeting in the Fana arena in Bergen. The background is, among other things, the increase in youth crime in the area. The police, Utekontakten, the school health service and the Moby Foundation will be present at the meeting.

Police inspector Morten Ørn believes that parts of youth culture are fascinated by gangster rap and Swedish criminal networks.

– This results in a distinct “snitch culture”, where the traditional mafia value of silence is strong, he tells BT.

The police inspector admits that setting boundaries has become more difficult for both parents and the school.

(© NTB)

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