There are growing calls for tougher laws to be imposed on children as young as 12 following a string of alleged crimes.
Queensland last month announced a crack down on young criminals but community leaders say more needs to be done to tackle the problem.
Calls have intensified after two boys, aged 12 and 13, allegedly stole dozens of cars from the Sunshine Coast, A Current Affair reported.
In one video uploaded to social media the 12-year-old was allegedly seen driving a stolen car through the streets while the pair goading police who gave chase.
One of the boys could be heard allegedly saying: ‘What are youse (sic) gonna do b***h. F**k you’.
Calls are growing in Queensland for tougher penalties for juvenile criminals after two youths, aged 12 and 13, allegedly broke into dozens of cars on the Sunshine Coast and took them for joyrides
The juveniles were also allegedly captured on video in separate incidents breaking into cars and showing off wads of cash they had in their possession.
According to A Current Affair, a police report from one alleged incident after the 12-year-old was picked up by officers in April last year said: ‘It is highly likely that… levels of offending will continue to increase’.
Queensland Liberal National politician Dan Purdie, whose electorate takes in the area of the alleged thefts, said more needed to be done to deter children from criminal activity.
‘They know if they get caught, they will be out tomorrow,’ Mr Purdie told A Current Affair.
‘Twelve months on we have the same offenders – their behaviour has escalated. It’s a miracle they have not killed someone and it’s not just these kids doing it, this is happening across Queensland night after night.’
The 12-year-old boy was allegedly breaking into cars a week after being caught by police over a separate incident.
Photos posted to social media allegedly show the juveniles goading police as they tracked down an allegedly stolen car
A teenager is pictured on social media wearing work clothes after allegedly stealing a work ute from a Sunshine Coast home
In a separate incident, two 17-year-olds and an adult allegedly stole a work ute from a Sunshine Coast home. They also allegedly stole another vehicle after assaulting the owner.
Jamie Franklin, whose ute was allegedly stolen, said a Queensland Government plan to have high risk offenders aged 16 and 17 fitted with GPS trackers as part of bail conditions was not a big enough deterrent.
Mr Franklin said he felt ‘let down’ by the justice system.
‘They need to either keep them locked up, put them through a program or better still if they are still youths penalise the parents,’ Mr Franklin said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last month announced a crack down on young criminals with ‘all the force and resources at our disposal’.
‘The new measures will target hardcore youth criminals who repeatedly offend and put the community at risk,’ Ms Palaszczuk said at the time.
The issue became highly charged following the deaths of pedestrians Kate Leadbetter, who was pregnant, and her partner Matt Field when they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills on January 26.
Calls for reform increased with the death of 22-year-old motorcyclist Jennifer Board at Thuringowa, Townsville on February 5.
She was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit.
Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles were killed on Australia Day after they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills, Brisbane
‘It is clear to me and to the community that some young offenders simply don’t care about consequences,’ Ms Palaszczuk said last month.
‘It’s this 10 per cent who are responsible for 48 per cent of the crime. They’re the ones we are going to target with all the force and resources at our disposal.’
Ms Palaszczuk said the changes target about 400 repeat offenders who are responsible for almost half of all the state’s youth crime.
Youth justice laws will be amended to ensure they note that the community must be protected from recidivist offenders and that offending on bail is an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.