The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Government is bolstering its efforts to tackle youth crime in Darwin and Alice Springs. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said 18 police officers will be thrown at the Governments early intervention strategy promised at the election. The officers, 12 on the beat and six detectives, will come from internal resources until new recruits become available. Mr Gunner said he was delivering on an election promise of early intervention and rehabilitation to tackle youth crime. He has promised money in the next Territory Budget specifically for this purpose. The Government is tackling causes of crime and social dysfunction by investing in early years and appropriate rehabilitation strategies, he said. Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said the Mr Gunners announcement does nothing to solve the unprecedented crime wave that is hitting Territorians right now. While we wait for the Governments Youth Justice review and the Royal Commission, the Chief Minister must show some urgency and address now the concerns of citizens, business and victims of crime., she said. Mr Gunner said the 18 officers would support the work of regular police targeting youth crime as part of the Territorywide Taskforce Sonoma,. The officers increase the resources for preventing youth crime before it happens through youth diversion and early intervention programs and strategies, he said. We have to make sure we have alternatives to detention centres like Don Dale. In the Budget process we are looking at diversionary programs that provide detention alternatives. GARY SHIPWAY At breaking point: crims on rampage Jarrad Jones stands with the shattered glass door destroyed by thieves on Monday Picture: IVAN RACHMAN 18 officers join youth crime fight Stuart Park shattered VANDALS took to two Stuart Park businesses and a church during the latest crime spree targeting shopfronts. The crims smashed the windows of Moores Marketing and Distribution on Charles St, leaving shattered glass in their wake and stealing, phones and tablets. Employee Jarrad Jones arrived at work yesterday morning to find the destruction. The adjacent mechanics and a church in the same complex suffered the same fate. Moores Marketing and Distribution owner Debbie Moore said the break-in was a set back. Ms Moore, currently in Adelaide, heard about the vandalism when her staff called her yesterday morning. Its out of control. We had a big spate of it in that area years ago, she said. The reason the kids are doing it is because they get a tap over the knuckles for doing this. Theres no real punishment. We need more surveillance and more people on the beat. If the government subsidised us for CCTV. For small businesses they could compensate us so we could afford something like that. Ms Moore said she was yet to establish a damage bill. We dont even know exactly what is missing, mobile phones iPads. Stuff they can grab and theyve taken off with.