By ERWIN CHLANDA
Anti-social behaviour outside Memo Club is no longer a significant issue since police have “proactively engaged with management to ensure compliance with security and licensing requirements,” says police spokesman Simon Eldridge.
“The situation has improved considerably since just prior to Christmas last year with management providing improved security at the premises.”
Mr Eldridge says Temporary Beat Locations (TBL) – cops outside bottle shops – remain part of the “suite of tools” to combat anti-social behaviour.
“As the concept of TBLs has evolved, various methods of operation have been implemented such as full, strategic or partial lockdowns.
“The types of operation adopted vary from time to time depending upon overall operational requirements in the locality. TBLs also employ the use of mobile vans and motorbike patrols to target public drinking and other antisocial behaviours.”
Cops posted at liquor stores and licensed premises may not be there for an entire shift or may be redirected to other duties, such as emergency response for flooding, responding to assaults or homicides, quelling disturbances in a community or searching for missing persons.
Mr Eldridge says this has mostly proved successful in reducing violent crime in Alice Springs, comparing 2013 with 2014:-
Assault: 1942; 1453; down 25.2%.
Domestic violence related assault: 1184; 864; down 27%.
Alcohol related assault: 1390; 975, down 29.9%.
Sexual assault: 73; 54; down 26%.
House break-ins: 461; 395; down 14.3%.
Commercial break-ins: 282; 309; up 9.6%
Motor vehicle theft: 325; 280; down 13.8%.