Media Release from Shadow Minister for Territory Families Josh Burgoyne
Unsurprisingly the Lawler Labor Government’s Zero Tolerance initiative against crime in Alice Springs has proven to be a dismal failure, with the latest incident involving the overnight vandalism of 17 vehicles at a unit complex.
This latest spate of crime has dealt a significant blow to the community, leaving residents, many of whom are employed at the nearby Alice Springs Hospital, in disbelief.
Despite residents taking precautions they should not have to do, such as leaving cars unlocked to deter break-ins, the senseless vandalism overnight resulted in shattered windows.
The summer rollout of Labor’s Zero Tolerance initiative has produced unsatisfactory results, as evidenced by alarming statistics.
In the first week of January alone, police records indicate 90 break-ins, compared to 72 last year, showing the inadequacy of the current approach to combating crime.
The result of this failure extend beyond property damage, with alleged incidents including stolen firearms being used in threatening manners, reckless driving of stolen vehicles in the Central Business District (CBD), and ongoing assaults.
Recently it was reported that the Chief Minister is, ‘confident crime issues in Alice Springs are under control,’ showing just how out of touch she is with what Alice Springs locals are facing.
In light of these concerning developments, there is an urgent call for real crime prevention.
The community demands a more effective and robust approach to ensure the safety and well-being of Alice Springs residents.
Alice Springs locals want to feel safe in their homes, places of work, and communities.
The CLP has a Plan for Safe and Strong Territory, to take back control of our streets, rebuild the Territory’s reputation and get our economy moving forwards.