Has Canberra’s squeaky clean reputation of being the perfect place to raise a family been tarnished… and what can we do to fix it?
Residents of Canberra are typically more worried about a five minute traffic jam then being afraid of walking alone at night. With the recent violent incident at the front of a popular Canberra night club on August 17, this perception may soon change.
ACT police released a video of a seemingly un-aggravated assault of a bystander by a man who was refused entry to the nightclub. The video was released in the attempt to identify the offender and has gone viral with close to 20,000 views in just five days.
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I can only imagine the sour taste that’s left in the mouth of our fellow countrymen and women who look to move to Canberra to raise their family. What once was a peaceful bush capital is now looking like a horrible younger sibling of Kings Cross in Sydney.
Now you don’t have to be a clinical psychologist to realise that aggressive assault and alcohol are a direct reflection of one another. Most reported assaults take place either inside or within close vicinity to licensed bars and clubs.
Cluster points such as: crowded bars, waiting for entry, taxi lines and clubs dealing with spillage of patrons over the legal capacity have significantly higher rates of aggressive assaults then our suburban areas.
A failure by licensed premises to discourage aggressive behaviour pulls the tap for these mostly young males to return week after week and continually conduct this aggressive behaviour.
Are the clubs security guidelines dominant enough towards preventing this kind of behaviour or do we need to look at imposing harsher penalties for offenders?
Now I’m certainly not suggesting imposing lockouts or anything that will debilitate local businesses! Instead I’m asking how can we clean up our act and send the message that this kind of behaviour is banned in our well respected town?
I always wonder to myself… have a significant portion of these perpetrators of alcohol-related social disorders also been victims of aggressive behaviour in their own lives growing up…