Youth workers believe parents across Auckland have “lost control of their young people”, Stuff reports, as the city’s recent crime wave of ram-raids continues to increase. 88% of ram-raid offenders are under 20 years old, “with the majority actually under 17”. “There should be strict penalties for these kids. They should be held accountable for their actions, [but] they know nothing will happen,” said one victim. In Tamaki, ram-raiding has become an almost daily occurrence, according to the St Heliers Business Association. Dairies, liquor stores and retail shops have all been targeted in the last six months.

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