Police Commissioner blames social media for rise in female, youth offending

Police have been dealing with a rise in serious offending by women and youth. Photo: Lynn Grieveson

A rise in serious offending committed by women and youth has possibly been caused by notoriety seeking on social media, the Police Commissioner has said.

Appearing before Parliament’s justice select committee on Thursday, Mike Bush said he was most concerned about the rise in offences within the two groups.

“It is a concern in a number of crime areas, whether it’s in aggravated robberies, theft of cars, car chases, there are more women represented...one of the things that does concern me about crime is some of the motivation is people getting notoriety.

“What does trouble me, particularly in terms of youth, is as we look at the aggravated robbery problem...why are young people appearing to behave more criminally than they did in the past?”

While overall youth crime was falling there was a rise at the more serious end and it was possibly driven by the desire to upload such crimes to Facebook, he said.

A piece of research had been commissioned to better understand the trends.

Bush also told MPs that while crime rates had risen recently there had been a one percent reduction in the last year.

He was also asked about New Zealand criminals being deported from Australia and how many reoffended after arriving.

Bush said 44 percent had committed crimes when arriving back in the country, with some joining gangs.

“There are people who come back who are of particular concern to us and we keep a very close eye, as far as we can legally, on them.”