Po­lice step up pa­trol against youth crime

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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

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