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Rising interchange assaults the result of better policing?

By johnboy 16 March 2009 22

The Canberra Times is concerned that the number of reported assaults at bus interchanges in Canberra has gone up from 23 in 2006 to 62 in 2008.

Thats a 270% increase.

Simon Corbell claims the rise can be attributed to better policing making it easier for people to report complaints.

Given that the police presence is much improved, and in years gone by it was almost impossible to actually report an assault, there’s probably something to this line of thinking.

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Pommy bastard 8:45 am 17 Mar 09

A few more CCTV cameras at each interchange wouldn’t go amiss.

damien haas 12:19 am 17 Mar 09

Properly running interchanges would require them being staffed with visible Action representatives from the beginning of service to the end of the last service. Since you cant even get a ticket after 5PM, this is wishful thinking.

Criminals do not want to be observed, if they know that they are likely to be observed, they will go elsewhere.

The interchanges will then become safer. Expecting zero assaults or zero incidents is wishful thinking.

I should also add that The Belconnen Community Council are holding a meeting on Tuesday night where the CEO of Action will discuss the demolition of the Belconnen Interchange, and its replacement with four bus stations. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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