Courts to order GPS trackers fitted to repeat offenders as Police Minister Mark Ryan moves to target crime

CRACKDOWN: GPS trackers could soon be fitted to some of our worst criminals.
CRACKDOWN: GPS trackers could soon be fitted to some of our worst criminals.

COURTS will be able to order that certain hardcore youth offenders are to be fitted with GPS devices as a condition as the government aims to crack down on youth crime.

The changes will come into effect on Monday, as Police Minister Mark Ryan said the government's youth justice reforms were designed to target repeat offenders.

"This trial of GPS monitoring devices gives police and the courts another tool to target the small minority that commit the majority of offences," Mr Ryan said.

"Courts will be able to order 16 to 17-year-olds to wear GPS devices if they are given bail, providing an extra layer of security and increased safety for the community.

"The devices will be monitored around the clock by Queensland Corrective Services who have extensive experience with this technology."

The introduction of GPS monitoring devices is part of a $98.4 million funding package to support the crackdown on youth crime.

It comes after Logan City Council's five-year plan to reduce crime across the city, with the problem a huge concern for residents.

The City of Logan: Safe City Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2025 will guide community safety initiatives for the next five years.

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