Queensland's police chief has warned that posting photos of young offenders on social media could be a crime.
Calls for a youth crime crackdown in the state has followed the deaths of a Brisbane couple and their unborn baby when a teenager allegedly crashed a suspected stolen car last week.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says people should share evidence and pictures of youth criminals with officers, but not on social media.
"These are children whichever way you look at it, so you've got to be very very careful about that," she told journalists, when asked if people should post pictures of young offenders on Facebook.
"I would say contact the police and we'll give you the advice, and if there is evidence that we can use, we will use it."
Ms Carroll warned that identifying young offenders on Facebook, in particular, was risky because not everyone has the "right information".
She said that people could be committing a crime by identifying innocent people or identifying children under the age of 18.
"You have to be extraordinarily careful when you do that. In fact, you may be subjected to offending yourself if you're not careful how that's done," she said.
"So my advice is that if you have evidence you should come to the police, because sometimes the facts are very different to what's put on Facebook."
Ms Carroll said she was open to suggestions that repeat youth offenders should be fitted with electronic monitoring devices.
However, she stressed that a holistic approach was needed to the deal with the ongoing issue.
She said police cautions and offender diversion programs like Project Booyah were incredibly successful.
Ms Carroll said 55 per cent of the young people who had committed a crime in the two years prior to entering the program, did not reoffend.
She said every dollar spent on Project Booyah saved $2.55 in police time, court and community costs.
"Certainly diversion, caution, restorative justice, these intense programs, they're extremely successful,"Ms Carroll said.