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National applauds crackdown on young crims

National applauds crackdown on young crims

Palmerston North police have got it right with their push to make parents and guardians financially responsible for the crimes of their children, says National.

"Of course parents and caregivers should be hit in the pocket for their children's offending. It's all about taking responsibility for the actions of these young people," says National's Police spokesman, Tony Ryall.

"National campaigned on this issue in the last election, pledging to "give greater powers to judges to hold parents accountable, especially for reparations, where it is clear that parents have neglected their duty."

"And our view hasn't changed. It is not surprising that the Palmerston North police have issued this warning to parents and guardian when crime has rocketed 12% in that city in the last two years.

"The fact that police dealt with 147 reports of car thefts in Palmerston North in January and 132 in February - most involving young people - shows that the Government's promised crackdown on youth crime is failing dismally.

"The only answer is a get-tough approach, and if that means making parents financially liable for their wayward children, it has our full support," says Mr Ryall.

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