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Young Kambah burglars doing it wrong

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 23

ACT Policing has apprehended three south-side youths following an aggravated burglary in Kambah last night (Monday, 14 November).

About 7.25pm police attended Rounsevell Street in relation to a reported aggravated burglary.

Upon arrival police checked the residence, finding no people inside.

A short time later, police located an injured juvenile male in a nearby alleyway. Police will allege that he injured himself gaining entry to the house. Property taken from the residence was also found in the alleyway.

ACT Ambulance attended and conveyed the alleged offender to The Canberra Hospital.

About 8pm two more juvenile males were apprehended a short distance away from where the incident occurred.

They were taken to the ACT Watch House and were later released into the custody of their parents/guardian.

Investigations are ongoing in relation to the youth’s involvement in the burglary.

Police urge members of the public to contact Police Operations if they are suspicious of any persons or activity in their neighbourhood on 131444, or contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Violet68 9:47 pm 18 Nov 11

dpm said :

Whoops, I put some text in angled brackets so it didn’t appear in my last post.
It should have read:
“Aggrevated burglary by minors as they were:
[bored/needed drugs or alcohol]
[their parents: didn’t love them/are druggos/are useless]“?

Great idea. I notice there’s not alot of creative thinking going on……as usual. I think the majority would like to stick to the latter. It’s easier.

I’ll give it a go though 🙂

Aggravated burgulary by minors as they were “perhaps”: angry and/or disconnected from society;

Because: they were lacking in insight due to their age, trying to fit in with other peers and/or influenced by media, “labelled” and “moulded” by their upbringing and attitudes of society towards them (eg. he’s the son of Falicia and therefore a good for nothing bogan so who gives a f**k….);

My ideas about solutions (which are not really different to current system): Engage family (if possible), young person to meet the victim and hear how they impacted on victim (if possible), give young person opportunity to make some reparation through returning or replacing stolen property or fixing property damage (under supervision), young person to participate in agreed activities that will help foster respect and connection to community, look at the “because” section above and work towards changing some of those perceptions;

As opposed to: Lynch, bash, imprison and further alienate young person.

Angelina. Don’t pretend to know what I think about the system. I do not blame the system or society for criminal behaviour, neither do I blindly accept that this is the only way to exist. I question systemic responses to individuals and groups who do not “fit” the idea of the “non criminal public” (that comment by Henry BG was so pompous, it made me LOL ). Rather……the majority of comments on this site blame individuals for their own circumstances and ignore the fact that our systemic and societal norms play a significant part in these issues. For example, would welfare workers (or Public Servants) have a job if there was no welfare system? Would there be a need for Police if there was no crime? Would there be a need to bitch on RA if there were no bogans? We all get something out of the disadvantaged in some way. The upper class requires a lower and working class in order to exist and so it goes on…..

Henry BG this is just a wiki link that states the well known fact that America has a fkd up prison system and high recidivism rates If you hold such faith in American law enforcement, please watch the Michael Moore series and take a look at the societal factors contributing to one of the highest crime rates in the world. Do you really want to go down that path? I don’t!

dpm 11:17 am 18 Nov 11

Whoops, I put some text in angled brackets so it didn’t appear in my last post.
It should have read:
“Aggrevated burglary by minors as they were:
[bored/needed drugs or alcohol]
[their parents: didn’t love them/are druggos/are useless]“?

Angelina 11:04 am 18 Nov 11

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Honestly though it’s pretty hard to give a shit about societal factors when you’ve been on the receiving end of a break in or violent assault. More so when you consider that most people probably know at least one person who has had a hard life that hasn’t turned into a criminal.

Taking the moral high road is hard; moreso when you’ve personally suffered; so it’s OK to use outliers to justify taking a low road instead?

Either societal factors are real, and need to be taken into consideration, and that consideration needs to be made by everybody; or they’re not.

Of course societal factors are real. There is abuse, there is poverty, no ones denying that. But these factors are not always relevant. Being poor doesn’t justify stealing. Being treated badly by someone you know doesn’t justify treating a stranger (or their property) badly. This is evidenced by the fact that not everyone who is disadvantaged turns to crime.

I can understand why you think the justice system needs to take societal factors into consideration. And they do don’t they, isn’t this why criminals get given so many chances before being incarcerated? Because a judge has decided that they deserve another chance.

But do you really feel that someone is taking a moral low road because they don’t care why a criminal broke into their home and stole their property? That’s ridiculous. It’s their home and their stuff. No one has a right to break in and take it, and anyone who does deserves to be punished and made to take responsibility for their actions, not get pity because they blame society.

The only person who has a right to be truly outraged here is the victim. Not the criminals, and not people who think it’s not the criminals fault.

I’m not saying these kids should be lynched, or locked up, or sent away a la Escape from LA (awesome movie by the way). I’m saying they need to stand up and accept responsibility for their actions. Being able to do that as a kid would actually show some personal growth and remorse. And the suggestion of naming and shaming is one way this can be achieved.

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