TRACKERS FOR THUGS

02 Nov 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News)
by Matt Johnston

CARJACKERS and home invaders will be tracked with monitoring devices when they are released from jail on parole, under a Matthew Guy state government crackdown.

Anyone convicted of either offence who escaped a custodial sentence would be clamped with a GPS tracker for at least two years. The $5.1 million promise signals a further beefing-up of the Coalition’s already tough law-and-order platform.

Mr Guy said his plan would “save lives”, adding: “Daniel Andrews has lost control of violent crimes.”

THUGS jailed for home invasions or carjackings will be tracked with GPS technology if released on parole under a Matthew Guy government.

The $5.1 million promise, beefing up the Coalition’s already tough law-and-order platform, would force criminals who are paroled for those violent offences to wear the anklet monitors.

Further, in the “extraordinary circumstances” where people convicted of those crimes were not given a custodial sentence, they would still be clamped with a GPS monitoring device for at least two years.

Mr Guy said his tough plan would “save lives”.

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of violent crimes like home invasions and carjackings,” he said.

“Only a Liberal Nationals government will get back in control of this violent crime wave and make Victoria safer.” The state Opposition said the number of reported residential aggravated burglaries was 2464 in late 2014, but had risen to 3540 by June this year.

If elected this month, the Coalition said it would expand the state’s electronic monitoring system alongside new laws that would introduce decade-long mandatory minimum sentences for repeat home invasion and carjacking offences.

Recent high-profile violent crimes have stunned Victorians, including one where a mother was pistol-whipped in Narre Warren South during a horror attack.

Shadow attorney-general John Pesutto said GPS monitoring meant Victorians could be confident violent offenders won’t reoffend and “if they do, they will be quickly arrested by police, locked up and convicted with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ jail”.

The Andrews Government brought in tougher penalties for aggravated carjackings and aggravated home invasions in 2016, after Victoria was hit with a number of high-profile violent crimes. It also began hiring 2729 new police over four years, costing about $2 billion, in reaction to a series of law-and-order crises

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