Reports today that children as young as 12 years old are being arrested and charged for serious offences further highlights the ongoing community safety crisis under Daniel Andrews.
Across Melbourne’s southeast suburbs since April this year, Victoria Police has arrested 396 youth offenders resulting in almost 1000 charges being laid including drug possession, vehicle theft, criminal damage, weapons offences and robberies.
The trend towards serious crime amongst these youth offenders is extremely disturbing, with Victoria Police Southern Metro Region Superintendent Paul Hollowood stating that school-aged children were increasingly bypassing low-level offending and going straight to committing serious crimes.
These first hand observations are supported by recent crime statistics, with the latest Independent Victorian Crime Statistics Agency data showing that 15-19 year olds are the largest cohort of offenders in cases of violent crime.
This latest crime blitz follows recent incidents including violent youth brawls in the Eaton Mall in Oakleigh and the disgraceful assault of Jayden D’Abaco, an autistic teenager who recently suffered his second youth gang bashing in as many years.
Labor’s more of the same approach to youth violence simply isn’t good enough and Daniel Andrews must act to get at-risk young people out of a life of crime and back on the right path.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“When youth offenders are committing serious adult crimes there must be consequences for their actions.”
“Daniel Andrews must support our frontline police and ensure these offenders are not simply let off with a slap on the wrist.”
“The Andrews Labor Government must urgently address Victoria’s youth crime crisis before the young offenders of today become the hardened criminals of tomorrow.”