A north Queensland community group says it doubts a boot camp for juvenile offenders will be set up in Townsville in the near future.
Residents have raised concerns about a recent spate of car thefts by youths and are calling for tougher measures.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says if a trial in Cairns and the Gold Coast shows signs of success, a camp could be established in Townsville.
However, Torhild Parkinson from the Townsville Crime Alerts and Discussion group says action should be taken straight away.
"We understand things can't happen overnight but there are things that can be done in the meantime," he said.
"The sentencing can be toughened up in the youth detention centre, the facilities can be toughened up, they could remove privileges from them, they can make it a place they don't want to be."
He says the camps will only work if they deter youths from committing crimes.
"If we can get some of these kids before they've done five, six seven court appearances, if we can get them too scared to be put back into detention, it might make them think twice about committing the crime," he said.