Too much crime for Shane to stay home
EX-SECURITY guard Shane O'Brien left Melbourne to escape crime only to find Rockhampton had become a "small town plagued with big-city violence''.
The 45-year-old man has been living in the Rockhampton-Yeppoon area for just over a week.
And in that short time, he said he has already been threatened and abused on the streets.
He has had someone try to steal his wallet along Derby Street and was intimidated by a group of people while fishing along the Fitzroy River, he said.
"I used to live here about 10 years ago,'' he said.
"When I left here it was a country town with country town crime. It's different now.''
While away, Mr O'Brien worked for several security agencies over six years in Melbourne.
The job was not without its dangers and he has been shot at, stabbed and beaten while on duty.
He said he would not even consider doing security in Rockhampton simply because there is too much crime and not enough support from the justice system.
"They need to call a spade a spade and acknowledge a problem in crime exists,'' he said.
"Criminals are starting to be treated like victims.''
And as a former security guard, he said criminals should receive tougher penalties once convicted:
"It's discouraging to have your hard work wasted after watching some guy walk in and out of a court room.''
So instead of settling here, Mr O'Brien said he will eventually move to Darwin where he hopes to find work in security.