I object to Fred the Philistine’s assertion that “the issues …

Comment on We need more police. True or false? by Shannon.

I object to Fred the Philistine’s assertion that “the issues in the NT are mostly Indigenous crimes. We need to control the Indigenous.”
Besides the overtones of blatant racism, his statement makes it appear that crime only occurs by Indigenous people against Indigenous people, and seeming makes crime in the NT to be only an Indigenous issue.
His solution, namely controlling a group of people on the basis of their ethnicity, is somehow proposed as an acceptable approach to law and order in Australia. I firmly disagree with all of these points of view – this is a NT issue, not an Indigenous issue. If my neighbour is murdered by their partner, it affects me, my neighbourhood, and my community.
Secondly, murder as a crime isn’t one that can be deterred in the same way that speeding and vandalism are deterred with increased police presence.
I don’t have the statistics, and I would like to know them if there is public access to them, because I assume that alcohol and a history of domestic violence between the murderer and the victim are substantial contributing factors to our high rates of murder in the NT. Perhaps the police can make a difference by intervening in those factors.
But there are much wider issues of social dysfunction that create environments of stress that increase harmful alcohol use and increase family violence: Issues like social inclusion, poverty, and racism are enormous issues that I would argue drive a lot of the crime rate in the NT, and increasing police numbers won’t do anything to impact those.

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We need more police. True or false?
I found the statistics here for the time period 2010-2012 in the NT, 67% of homicides in the NT were domestic violence related.


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