What has been implemented over the years by government or local bodies to address the Alcohol Related Violence? What we see from the initiatives is that all of them seemed to concentrate upon the task of researching where the problems were, and somewhat of how they believed that certain tactics could be used in finding a solution to the problem.
QUANTIFYING THE PROBLEM? So much study for so little gain.
It shows from the research that there was no actual creation of a defined strategy for implementation into the environment that would initiate change within the environment, to directly or indirectly effect the crime rate attributing to Alcohol Related Crimes.
The research that was undertaken by these teams, focused upon the effects that alcohol and alcohol-related crime and what the effects of the offender’s actions had within the community and wider community.
None of the projects that were undertaken over the last 3 decades were able to create a comprehensive plan to affect the problem.
We also see that none of the output by these teams were able to ‘Quantify’ the actual data referring to the crimes of Alcohol Related Violence.
In all of the research undertaken in regards to Queenstown’s problems attributing to the crime rate, any outcome of data was calculated by the offenders arrest rate of the Queenstown Police.
As was the case with Project CARV, when they look at quantifying the crimes at night they used the statistics from arrest and charges of offenders by the Queenstown police, most likely any offence which took place after a certain time period within a particular geographical location.
From our research we found that when in operation at a venue, the security personnel will only contact the Police for assistance if indeed there is a ‘definite’ need.
That contact to the police is related to less than 10% of the actual crimes that are committed by offender/s.
As outlined in the organizations research towards the environment and the variables within the environment, we believe that the research that was accumulated by the organization is truer to the actual amount of crimes which are committed at night.
Our Strategy for the Community Policing Model has taken into account the amount of crimes that the security personnel could potentially be engaging with in stopping violence within the nighttime environment.
From the research we have seen related to tackling the problems of alcohol related crimes within the nighttime environment, we see from all of them one definite point: that someone needs to do something.
So below outlines what has been done to Curb Alcohol Related Violence within the Community in a Chronological Order.
Historical context – Previous initiatives to address alcohol-related violence
Community Safety Profile, 1996, Nagle & Associates.
The creation of a report.
Violent crime was increasing faster than any other crime.
Output from this initiative:
- That they needed to obtain adequate and accurate information.
- They needed to develop strategies for coping with a transient population
- Needing to address the ‘party town’ image.
- Need to help families cope with stress.
- Needing to assist young people.
From these initiatives that have been placed into the Queenstown Lakes district area in generating possible solutions to dealing with Violent Crime, what we can see is a pattern. These initiatives only generate reports that make suggestions on what needs to be fixed, which is quite ironic really as they created the initiative to find ways of dealing with Alcohol Related Violence and what they came up with was the need to make initiatives to deal with the Alcohol Related Violence.
When looking at these studies there’s no measurement for the assessment of any idea of which these studies came out with. We cannot define the use of these studies as they seemed to have left this part out. So we have no idea if at all that anything which was undertaken towards violence and alcohol worked.
THE LAKES DISTRICT SAFER COMMUNITIES TRUST.
Provided support to a range of groups and Trusts.
They did nothing to generate tactics and strategies for dealing directly with lowering the crime rate attributing to alcohol and the nighttime industry.
Safe St: Assessing and preventing alcohol-related offences and street crime
in Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown, 2003.
Another Study carried out in regards to looking at the use of CCTV in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka.
Nothing happened with the CCTV.
They gave ‘consideration’ to different ideas.
That they wanted greater cohesion between parties relating to the nighttime industry.
PROJECT PREVENTION. 1994.
This initiative looked at the need for CCTV cameras in Queenstown.
Multi-Agency Liquor Enforcement Study 2006 – 7.
A study looking at enforcement.
Under the Consultation with Licensees:
Licensees have systems to address alcohol-related violence on licensed premises.
WHAT WAS THE OUTPUT OF ALL OF THESE INITIATIVES?
Queenstown is classed as the most violent town in the Country.
You have more chances of getting hurt, not by jumping off a bridge or out of a plane, but by going out for a couple of drinks.
All these studies and all the time spent on those projects, paid for by the government or other bodies ended up with what? Nothing.
It is only a matter of time, and with Queenstown tourism about to explode to double, there is double the chance someone is going to get hurt, raped or murdered.
This is reality for us. You must call it as it is, and take it head on as it has to stop, and it stops right now.