Crime dips as police target youth

By JADE BILOWOL

POLICE have pledged to continue to crack down on street parties and damage to public property incited by drunken youth.

Palm Beach Police Sergeant Mark Anderson said during the past six months crime rates had dipped as a result of police rigorously targeting under-18s drinking in public places.

"Gold Coast City Council property vandalism rates have dropped off, as have street disturbance rates," Sgt Anderson said.

Palm Beach police have executed a number of initiatives to nab under-18s drinking in public which have become a blueprint for other Gold Coast stations, including covert operations with local liquor licensees.

"Kids approach adults in the car parks to get them alcohol so we have plain-clothed police officers who see what goes on and then snaffle the offenders," Sgt Anderson said.

Sgt Anderson warned adults faced a $600 fine if caught buying alcohol for youths, who in turn faced a $225 fine for possession/consumption of alcohol.

Police have also visited local schools to spread the word as well as implored parents to ensure parties were safe.

"Do not put any invitations on the internet, and parents should also have a list of who is invited and who is not with security at the door to ensure it doesn't get out of control," Sgt Anderson said.

Sgt Anderson said co-operation with liquor licensees had helped fuel the success of the crackdown.

"We have been working with the licensees of various liquor outlets and they have been very co-operative in assisting police with the identification of persons committing liquor offences," Sgt Anderson said.



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