you think our public services are funded properly?
It’s a sad fact that these days our country is not a place
where everyone feels safe. In the past few years, crime, and
the fear of crime, have increased and we all know people who
are afraid to walk down their own streets. That’s why
the SNP will take the crucial step of putting 1,000 more police
on our streets.
Youth crime is a growing problem in many of our communities.
Too many people are the victims of vandalism, disruptive behaviour
and verbal assaults, which are committed by a small group
of young repeat offenders. An SNP government will take a dual
approach to youth crime, by using early intervention programmes
that divert young people away from crime and ensuring tougher
sanctions for persistent young offenders.
Parental Compensation Orders will be introduced to give the
courts and children's panels the option, in appropriate circumstances,
of making sure that parents take responsibility for offences
committed by their children.
Serious and persistent young offenders should not be allowed
to roam the streets just because there are no secure accommodation
places for them. There are too few secure places so young
offenders are either sent home, sent to adult prisons or to
secure units in England. We believe that the number of secure
units available in Scotland should be doubled.
But we want to do more. We want to stop the cycle of crime
before it begins and deal with the causes of crime, not just
the symptoms. Those who begin committing crimes when they
are young are likely to continue offending later in life,
so the SNP will deal with this earlier rather than later.
We will tackle the numbers of young people who drift into
crime and get involved in drugs or alcohol by encouraging
our young people to improve their aspirations, establish connections
with their communities and help them back into education.
Our approach will be multi-agency; respecting young people,
their views and the communities they form. It is about more
than simply making recreational and educational opportunities
available, but engaging with young people to determine what
sort of opportunities they want and need.
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