Juvenile crime soaring
TWEED police have taken the extraordinary step of urging parents to dob in their own children to the law.
With the Tweed experiencing a wave of serious youth crime, including assaults, street violence, malicious damage, theft, alcohol consumption and gang-related intimidation, police say parents may know what their children are getting up to - or if they don't know, they should.
Tweed local area crime co-ordinator Sergeant Stuart Crawford and youth liaison officer Senior Constable Belinda Scowcroft have led the call for parents to hand their children over to police.
“We know that the majority of young people here in our command are great people doing the right thing and so are their parents but there is a minority that is ruining it for everyone,” Snr Cnst Scowcroft said.
According to police, parents needed to play a role in the reduction of the youth delinquency rates by keeping police informed.
“We know most parents are doing the right thing but sometimes the communication channels between young people and their parents break down. Unfortunately this is sometimes part of the turbulent teenage years,” Snr Cnst Scowcroft said.
“We just ask that if parents feel their kids are becoming involved with an undesirable element that they keep talking to their kids in an effort to prevent criminal activity or come in and get some assistance from police.”
Police want parents supervising their children to check where they are going, who they will be with and when they expect to return home.
“Police don't want to see young people injured, have a criminal record or even worse, a loss of life,” a statement read.
“It is heartbreaking to see young lives affected by a moment of not thinking.
“The actions of young people don't just affect them, they also affect their families and the community in which they live.”
Tweed police work with external agencies, the PCYC, School Liaison Police and the Youth Liaison Police to offer youngsters other choices apart from criminal activity.
If any member of the community has information in relation to youth crime or gang-related issues, information can be confidentially phoned through to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by contacting Tweed Heads police on (07) 5536 0999.