A Queensland woman who has twice had her car stolen has backed calls for urgent action on youth crime, expressing her gratitude her family has not had a “confrontation” with the young thieves.
Debate continues to rage over the best response to youth crime in Queensland, after the alleged murder of North Lakes mum Emma Lovell by two 17-year-old boys during a Boxing Day home invasion.
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Noosa mum Lanie Korybutiak’s BMW was stolen in February 2021.
She got it back, but days after this Christmas, the car was stolen again.
CCTV footage supplied to 7NEWS shows at least two young people creeping around Korybutiak’s front path and driveway on December 27.
“It’s scary, they’re just getting around so brazen and just seem to be doing whatever they want,” she said.
“I’m thankful they got the keys and got out, that none of us ran into them and there was no confrontation.
“Unfortunately the same thing happened to us in February 2021.”
The thieves took the car on a joyride that ended in Logan, police said.
Police told 7NEWS the vehicle was allegedly used in petrol drive-offs along the way.
Now twice allegedly a victim of crime, Korybutiak says wants leaders to “fix this problem”.
“It’s infuriating, we work really hard for the things we’ve got and they just feel it’s their right and privilege to come in and take what they want,” she said.
“This is the second time it’s happened to our home. How many people has it happened to that you just don’t hear about?”
After the alleged murder of Lovell in her own home on Monday, the Queensland government unveiled plans for a youth crime crackdown.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a 10-point plan to address the issue, including longer prison terms for car thieves, increased penalties for those who boast about crime on social media and judges being required to take the histories of child offenders into account when deciding on bail applications.
“These are tough measures, they will be put in place, and the community’s safety, as I said, is paramount here,” Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
The premier has denied the new policies were rushed out in response to public anger.
“That is incorrect … we have been working on some of these reforms, and today I’ve announced the complete package,” she said.
However, there is concern from some justice experts around the lack of evidence showing punitive measures reduce violent crime by children.
Justice Reform Initiative Executive Director Mindy Sotiri said the government’s harsher measures ignored evidence that showed almost all young people who were imprisoned in youth detention in Queensland reoffended within 12 months.
“There is overwhelming evidence that youth detention does not work to deter crime, rehabilitate, or make communities safer,” she said in a statement.
Sotiri said Queensland already imprisoned the highest number of children Australia-wide, with the youth prison population increasing by 27.3 per cent over the past seven years.
“Locking up more children is not the answer … it’s opening the door for future reoffending, and at enormous cost to the taxpayer,” she said.
Queensland taxpayers would be far better served by investment in early intervention, early prevention, diversion, and evidence-based alternatives outside of the youth 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 an offence on bail.
He said the proposals enforcing consideration of bail and criminal history in a judge’s bail decision are already enshrined in legislation.
“I’m afraid I don’t have much faith in the proposals put out yesterday to make any real effect to reducing youth crime and the danger to the community,” Goldsworthy told Sunrise.
Palaszczuk said voters would decide whether the response was right.
“Community safety has to come first here and we stand with the community members across Queensland,” she said.
“And I’ll tell you now I know a lot of people aren’t going to like some of these announcements I’m making today, and I’m going to stand by them and people will be able to judge us on that at the next election.
– With AAP and Natalie McGarry
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