While the focus on so-called "African gangs" dominated media in the new year, incidents of youth crime in Victoria are actually decreasing across all measures.

The Sentencing Advisory Council recently reported that between 2010 and 2015 the number of children sentenced in the Children’s Court has decreased by 43%. Despite these statistics – which were published in a Victorian government report in last year – one would be forgiven for assuming that Victoria was about to be overrun by child criminals in some kind of suburban Lord of the Flies scenario.