Qld GPS monitoring take a look at nonetheless untested: LNP

A plan to use GPS trackers to curb juvenile delinquency in Queensland has not materialized, the state opposition says.

Since May, Queensland judges have allowed juvenile offenders between the ages of 16 and 17 to issue GPS monitors as a condition of bail.

According to the law, juveniles must be charged with a serious crime and were previously convicted of a serious crime in order to be equipped for GPS trackers.

Trials are ongoing in Townsville, North Brisbane, Moreton, Logan and the Gold Coast, but the Liberal National Party says the government is losing control of juvenile delinquency.

“I am getting increasingly uncomfortable that many Queenslanders no longer feel safe in their neighborhoods and homes,” said opposition leader David Crisafulli.

“It is time Labor admitted its approach is not working and reintroduced bail violations as a criminal offense.”

Opposition MP Tim Nicholls says a simple amendment to the Youth Justice Act and Bail Act will provide the security Queenslanders are looking for.

“We saw the government’s six point action plan – and we supported it. We said we would not stand in the way of this plan, but we see this plan fail, ”he said on Tuesday.

“We need to strengthen our police force … so that they can intervene, arrest and prevent these children from going out and committing this second crime.”

In Townsville, police made 277 juvenile arrests on 1,800 charges by July, while three juvenile offenders were under consideration for GPS surveillance wristbands.

Two could not be exhibited because Townsville’s 4G reception was not strong enough to allow the teenagers to be monitored out of range of the devices.

Two vehicles of young people aged 12 were hijacked at the weekend, one of which was found burned and unloaded on Monday morning.

Queensland’s Child and Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard said the government had given the courts ample opportunities to deal with juvenile offenders.

“The community expects and the government expects young people who break the law to be held accountable,” she said in a statement.

“We focus on serious repeat offenders – the 10 percent of juvenile offenders who commit almost half of all juvenile delinquency.

“We gave the courts the tools to deal with these young people, including the bail presumption and the GPS surveillance process.”

The LNP push comes after former Australian rugby representative Toutai Kefu was stabbed to death by teenagers in an attempted break-in at his Brisbane home on Monday.

Left in critical condition after trying to defend his family, Kefu is staying at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Two 15-year-old boys are in custody, another young person, presumably male, is wanted by the police.

The police have charged a boy with attempted murder in four cases, aggravated assault in three cases, and one charge each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, burglary, burglary and imprisonment.

At least two of the perpetrators were allegedly on bail and under curfew at the time.

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