Tag Archives: crime

New Normal recipe from the too hard basket

 

Will the New Normal get a handle on vital projects which governments – Territory and local – have failed to tackle? Some issues, and there are many more, that were raised by Alice Springs News readers over the past quarter century. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Can Alice Springs crime statistics be trusted?

 

 

Contrary to current popular opinion, crime against the person in Alice Springs is not worse than ever before, if you take the NT crime statistics as your guide: But are the base data from the police, unchecked by anyone else, reliable? And why does the categorising of NT police statistics not match with that of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which means we can’t compare apples with apples? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Man robbed, but wait, there’s so much more on FB

A local Facebook site ranges from benign neighbourhood watch stuff to encouragement of violent vigilante action. And what does the dagger at the top of the site signify? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

New Opposition Leader: Crime was the main topic

 

 

 

In a lightning visit to Alice Springs today the new Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro, met mostly with business people and talked almost exclusively about crime. She spoke exclusively with Alice Springs News editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Policing is still just a numbers game

Stone throwing triggers new debate about law and order, but it’s a same-same debate, with parental responsibility still not getting much of a mention, nor is the view of serious commentators that not police but society much reduce crime. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At left: NT Police Association president Paul McCue. FULL STORY »

Society stops crime, not the police

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“Police cannot prevent the vast majority of crime; they simply respond to it. If we halved the number of police, crime would increase a little but not exponentially. Most crime is prevented by good economic and social justice policies, higher employment rates, good family solidarity, high rates of educational opportunities, and welfare assistance,” according to Professor Rick Sarre (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Whenever you need a cop … there are three

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The NT Southern Command has three times as many police officers, based on the ratio to the population, than the national average. Do we really need to supplement them with private security guards? Will the public debate about police recruitment switch from hysteria to a sober assessment of cost benefit? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Youth workers on the streets from 8pm to 3am

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PHOTO: Chris Forbes, co-ordinator of Tangentyere Men’s Four Corners Group, talks to the media about their work with the Women’s Family Safety Group engaging young people at risk at night in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Crime statistics horrendous, says Lambley

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The town needs a circuit breaker to stop this crime wave, an emergency youth curfew or the police tactical response unit coming, writes  ROBYN LAMBLEY, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Government to spend $67m on youth database

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The NT Government is spending nearly $67m on a “Client Management System Alignment program … providing a 360 degree view of a child”. That is $33,333 per child, using number of children, 2007, whose families received family support casework services in 2026-17. Meanwhile social media posts reflect public frustration. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »