A Queensland woman whose car has been stolen twice has backed calls for urgent action to be taken against juvenile delinquency and expressed her gratitude that her family did not have a “confrontation” with the young thieves.
Debate continues over Queensland’s best response to juvenile delinquency following the alleged murder of North Lakes mother Emma Lovell by two 17-year-old boys during a home invasion on Boxing Day.
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Noosa mother Lanie Korybutiak’s BMW was stolen in February 2021.
She got it back, but days after that Christmas, the car was stolen again.
CCTV footage provided to 7NEWS shows at least two young people sneaking around Korybutiak’s front way and driveway on December 27.
“It’s scary, they just come around so brazenly and just seem to do whatever they want,” she said.
“I’m grateful they got the keys and got out, none of us ran into them and there wasn’t a confrontation.
“Unfortunately, the same thing happened to us in February 2021.”
The thieves took the car for a spin that ended in Logan, police said.
Police told 7NEWS the vehicle was allegedly used for petrol trips along the way.
Korybutiak, who is now allegedly a victim of crime twice, wants leaders to “solve this problem.”
“It’s annoying, we work really hard for the things we have and they just feel like it’s their right and their privilege to come in and take what they want,” she said.
“This is the second time it has happened to our home. How many people has it happened to that you just haven’t heard from?”
Following Lovell’s alleged murder in her own home on Monday, the Queensland government unveiled plans to crack down on juvenile delinquency.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a 10-point plan to tackle the problem, including longer jail terms for car thieves, higher penalties for those who brag about crimes on social media, and judges obliged to consider child offenders’ histories when deciding About a deposit to consider applications.
“These are strict measures, they are being implemented and, as I said, the safety of the community comes first here,” Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
The Prime Minister has denied that the new policy was rushed out in response to public anger.
“That’s wrong … we’ve been working on some of these reforms and today I announced the full package,” she said.
However, some justice experts are concerned about the lack of evidence that punitive measures reduce violent crime among children.
The executive director of the Justice Reform Initiative, Mindy Sotiri, said the government’s tougher measures had ignored evidence showing almost all young people held in juvenile detention in Queensland reoffended within 12 months.
“There is overwhelming evidence that juvenile detention does not help deter crime, rehabilitate or make communities safer,” she said in a statement.
Sotiri said Queensland already has the highest number of children incarcerated in Australia, with the juvenile prison population increasing 27.3 per cent over the past seven years.
“Locking up more kids isn’t the solution … it opens the door for future relapses, and at a tremendous cost to the taxpayer,” she said.
Queensland taxpayers would be much better served by investing in early intervention, early prevention, diversion and evidence-based alternatives outside of the juvenile justice system, Sotiri said.
Terry Goldsworthy, a former Queensland detective-turned-Bond University criminologist, said the state government should legislate for bail to be automatically revoked if someone breaches bail or commits a bail crime.
He said the proposals to enforce the inclusion of bail and criminal records in a judge’s bail decision are already enshrined in law.
“I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of faith in the proposals put forward yesterday to have any real impact on reducing juvenile delinquency and risk to the community,” Goldsworthy said Sunrise.
Palaszczuk said voters would decide if the answer was correct.
“Community safety must come first here, and we stand with community members across Queensland,” she said.
“And I’m telling you now that I know a lot of people aren’t going to like some of these announcements that I’m making today, and I’m going to stand by them and people will be able to judge us by that in the next election.”
– With AAP and Natalie McGarry
https://7news.com.au/news/qld/noosa-mum-whos-twice-had-her-car-stolen-wants-urgent-action-on-queensland-youth-crime-c-9310482 Noosa’s mother, who has had her car stolen twice, is keen to do something about Queensland’s juvenile delinquency