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28 October 2014

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Criminal teens with mobile phones

New crime statistics show Britain's youth to be 'profoundly criminal'.

Police men on patrol

From the rise in identity fraud - now blamed for widespread insecurity and self-doubt - to the disturbing incidents of so-called 'money theft', crime is now officially everywhere.

A new study has estimated that on average a small crime is committed every two seconds, while a large-scale offence is carried out every four hours.

Watch the video on the right for more shocking discoveries.

Dangerous Youths

These tech-savvy teenagers or 'youths' are using their mobile phones to wordlessly orchestrate a campaign of vandalism and intimidation. Would you dare stop them?

Attitudes to crime

Girl having her bag snatched

Is our attitude to crime changing? In a recent survey, 20% of those asked thought most crime probably just doesn't happen. 70% were sure that crime was on the up, while a shocking 10% of those asked couldn't say for certain what crime was.

To find out if this is really the case, we reconstructed a mugging. Our subject, Judy, was left traumatized after having her handbag stolen at knife point two years ago. So when we accosted her with a thief and a camera, did she laugh the attacker off?

No. No she didn't.

Teenage Crime Bomb - the offences in full

  • Happy Slapping: A phenomenon whereby adolescent thugs would attack random members of the public and video it on their camera phones for the amusement of their sick friends.
  • Flash Gobbing: Sick variation of the 'Flash Mobbing' craze where kids would arrange via text or the web to meet each other en masse at a designated time and place and spit at unsuspecting individuals. Victims left feeling 'shaken, disturbed, wet and yukky'.
  • E-gingering: Hi-tech variation of Knock Down Ginger where juvenile delinquents hack into your computer and send you emails posing as friends of yours and pretend to invite you to weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs or other social gatherings.
  • I-Dissing: Web-savvy teenagers find ways of electronically stealing your identity, metaphorically driving it around the block, smashing it up and eventually setting fire to it.
  • Mind Rape: Self-explanatory.
  • Web Voo Doo: Also known as WooVooDoo.

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