This isn’t smart – why tell the scumbags when and where you’re looking for them?

via RNZ

via RNZ

Auckland City District police have promised to crack down on youth crime tomorrow, saying that the day will be a “dark day” for youth offenders.

The crackdown is a part of the district’s on-going strategy to prevent the crime caused by young people and to protect the people who often suffer from it.

“Our message is very clear,” Senior Sergeant Jason Edwards says. “If you are thinking of coming into the city and committing crimes during this period, we will be waiting for you.”

More than 80 police and partner agency staff will be involved in the operation. Train stations and the rail network will have an especially close eye on them, police say, as well as other known crime hotspots.

Alcohol-related harm and offended will also be monitored with road checkpoints. Licensed suppliers are reminded of their obligation to not supply minors with alcohol.

Police describe the operation as a “preventative operation” and encourage members of the public to contact them with any concerns.

Oh great.  All the scumbags have to do now is take the night off.  So only the stupid ones will be caught, and the Darwinian system leaves a better class of teenage crime lord in place.

Totally admirable to go after youth crime.  Left unaddressed, these kids turn into career criminals – with lots of experience and a cynicism that they are smarter than the cops.

I think there is great merit in being disproportionately harsher with youth crime – this is after all the time when you may still be able to change their minds to see that the risks outweigh the benefits.

But to announce it in advance is pretty dense.  The whole point is to catch them, not to give them a night off.


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