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Sex pest alarms sound every 30 minutes

An alarm warning of a potential breach by the state's worst sex offenders is triggered every half hour on average, according to latest figures from Queensland Corrective Services.
In the wake of two escapes already this year, there were 5615 alerts in the first three months alone.
Only 77 "high risk" offenders convicted under the Dangerous Prisoner and (Sex Offenders) Act wear GPS trackers, but between January and March, officers were forced to follow up 649 breaches and 12 more culprits had to be hunted down.
Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Marlene Morison said the balance of alerts were safely resolved through phone contact with the offender and collateral checks, but acknowledged serious cases, including several where they lost track of the offender.
"One offender had his device removed to have it refitted to another leg ... (another) involved a strap tamper alert which was a false alarm and it was returned to the supplier for testing," she said.
"One response was to verify technical alerts and one was in response to an offender who was temporarily non-contactable.
"On one of these occasions the device was showing signs of damage/interference, therefore this was returned to the supplier to verify damage."
The State Government has warned of plans to increase the penalty for those caught tampering with the devices. Currently, they can be charged with wilful damage.
GPS surveillance was approved by the previous state government a year ago, after a campaign by The Courier-Mail.
The roll-out of the $13.7 million system was completed in February.
Ms Morison said the January to March alert data on the GPS system identified that 89 per cent of alerts were technical in nature.
"That is, they do not indicate a risk or non-compliance," she said.
"That doesn't mean that the remaining alerts indicated risk or non compliance.
"It means that 649 alerts required officers to contact the offender or case manager to resolve the alert."
Three-quarters of high-risk sex offenders living in the community reside in the greater Brisbane area.
Most of the others are in and around Townsville.

The Courier-Mail (15-6-2012)
Alison Sandy
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/sex-pest-alarms-sound-every-30-minutes/story-e6freon6-1226396077172





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