SEVEN X-Box 360 consoles are just some of the high-tech gadgets Tweed Police will be using to attract youth to the Mobile PCYC truck.
PCYC Youth Case manager Adam Bartlett, of Tweed Heads Police, said the port- able entertainment system would be targeting hot spots around the Tweed community.
“It will be at Thursday late night shopping evenings at Tweed City Shopping Centre and Kingscliff Faulks Park on Friday evenings,” Senior Constable Bartlett said.
“It’s used as a diversionary program to engage young people in activities to fix boredom, which often leads to crime.
“Having a police presence at those locations often reduces offences.”
Snr Cnst Bartlett said police would be targeting anti-social behaviour at both locations, as well as other specific crimes.
“At Tweed City it’s motor vehicle thefts and in Kings- cliff it’s underage drinking and assault.
“We get them involved with the truck’s facilities and promote PCYC by letting people know what activities we have on here.”
The Mobile PCYC features seven X Box 360 consoles, a DVD player, plasma TVs and music.
“It’s pretty loud,” Snr Cnst Bartlett said. “We’ve got it up here, from Newcastle, for about two months.”
Snr Cnst Bartlett said the truck, which runs at each location every second week, has already seen a reduction in crime.
“We’ve had about 130 kids through on the two nights we’ve run it at Tweed City.
“The crime rates have already been significantly low- ered,” he said.
“The truck is something we’re going to look at using again next year.”