15 Aug 2015

Youth crime: lack of accountability 'frustrating'

12:21 pm on 15 August 2015

A lack of parental supervision is leading to a wave of crime committed by young people, some just 10-years-old, according to Auckland police.

The call came after three 16-year-olds were arrested driving the wrong way along the Southern Motorway on Thursday night while filming the pursuit.

Counties Manukau Police Station

Counties Manukau Police Station Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

The Counties Manukau central area prevention manager, Inspector Bruce O'Brien, said the incident showed a selfish disregard for other people's safety, including that of the police staff who responded.

Mr O'Brien said the police were becoming increasingly frustrated about the lack of accountability of young people by some parents and caregivers.

He said the youth were left to their own devices and commit serious offences.

Mr O'Brien said there was an increase in groups of young people stealing cars, raiding stores and getting involved in assaults and aggravated robberies.

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