Police step up patrol against youth crime
Roebourne police are cracking down on juvenile crime with a targeted operation over the school holiday period.
Officers will be monitoring burglary hotspots, prolific juvenile offenders and young people on curfew bail conditions to prevent a spike in local property crimes while school is out.
Roebourne police officer-incharge Senior Sergeant Gemma Hennigan said the station conducted a targeted juvenile crime operation every school holidays, with particular importance at this time of year when the town was busy with race meets, NAIDOC Week events and a football carnival.
“It’s all about being preventative and trying to stop the crime spike from happening,” she said.
“It’s quite noticeable, in terms of the stealing, (property) damages, burglaries that will go up. And a lot of the time it’s because the kids are bored and unsupervised.”
Police are also working closely with local youth centres running school holiday programs to keep children engaged and off the streets.
Sen. Sgt Hennigan said the operation had been successful in the past.
Roebourne police will patrol the streets during the school holidays. Picture: Roebourne Police Twitter