The government has released a plan to tackle antisocial behaviour. Antisocial behaviour is unacceptable activity that causes harm to individuals or the community. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance. Everyone has a right to go about their daily life without putting up with antisocial behaviour.
The Territory Government is working with police, Larrakia Nation and service providers to break the cycle of repeated antisocial behaviour and has announced a 5-point plan to fix the problem. This needs a holistic and strategic response that addresses the many reasons, and causes of antisocial behaviour.
NT Police and Territory Families have identified up to 20 young people at any given time who regularly commit property and other offences in Palmerston. Police have also confirmed that youth represent 73.1% of apprehensions for break-ins in Palmerston. Additionally around 80 young people are at risk, and beginning to disengage from education.
Breaking the Cycle of Youth Crime in Palmerston is a targeted three-pronged strategy to:
- Intervene with families before kids do the wrong thing
- Make sure there are consequences for those who have done the wrong thing
- Engage all young people in Palmerston to be part of a strong community
Last updated: 10 July 2019