Willy and Hobby can reveal that more than 60 young people from five police service areas, including Hobsons Bay, are being monitored by a local Police taskforce tackling home invasions and other high harm youth offending.
In operation for approximately 15 months, Taskforce Wayward has had its detectives engaging with high risk youth and working with local police to ensure kids remain at school and those on bail are complying with bail conditions.
Victoria Police said families of high risk youth and youth offenders, some of whom are in jail, have been embracing the approach and are grateful that police are regularly checking in on their kids.
“They don’t want to see their kids committing these crimes and it shows a unified approach when kids are getting the same message at home and from the police,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
It is understood there have been no home invasions since March in Hobsons Bay and the results were looking promising for the other areas as well, until earlier this week, when it was reported a man assaulted a 12-year-old girl during a home invasion in Footscray.