READERS DISCUSS: How to handle juveniles at Stockland
A READER who has identified themselves as a tenant of Stockland Rockhampton says the youth issues reported in the region lately are 'just the tip of the iceberg'.
The Bulletin asked readers : What do you think needs to be done to stop the youth terrorising shoppers, parents and shop owners?
Dora Huth - Start fining the parents of unruly children. ... they'll soon start keeping a check on them but seriously this is what happens when people are afraid to discipline their children
Nathan Emerson - Have a police beat in the centre and having permanent banning notices and be prosecuted each time they trespass. Better yet, tougher laws and harsher sentencing for these little scum. Magistrates in Rocky should take notice and stop slapping then on the wrist as majority are repeat offenders
Kimbaa Maree - I remember when I was young a police beat in the old Kmart section. Was there any troubles? Not that I recall.
Kat Clarke - what about hte kids that think its ok to ride their bikes inside the shop too! i seen an elderly lady nearly get taken out by these kids on the bike!
Kathryn Barwick - That's why my children are not allowed to go to shops on Thursday nights. If they don't need to shop why are they even there.
Garrett Wells - A long time ago, I worked in one of the stores in the centre when similar problems like this were going on, there were fights etc, and the retailers used to refer to Thursday night trading as "damage control". We sold effectively nothing and spent the night doing the best we could to limit stock thefts.
In response to the issue, the centre put a ban on anyone under 15 being able to enter the property (including the car parks) without an adult parent or guardian being with them and it was strictly enforced.
It was pretty controversial when it was put in, but within two weeks we saw a drastic change to the culture within the centre, and at about 3 weeks, we started to see families coming in on Thursday nights and we were doing a solid trade, and not a gang of underage kids anywhere to be seen.
The solution to this issue already exists and has been proven effective in the past, all it takes in management to put it back in place.
Lorraine Devon - The police will do something if we (the people) dealt with it our way!
Alex Glover - If I see them breaking into my car I will be doing something for sure. Good old fashioned knock some respect into them is in order I think.
Stacey Styles - Only last night I nearly ran kids over as the security guards chased them down musgrave street. My 6 yo told me they were naughty running across the road
Lou Neilson - Judges need to go out with the Police once a week to see first hand what these scumbags are doing.
Melanie Benesch - These kids have no fear because it seems as though there's not much that can be done. Just last night, my husband & brother in law witnessed a gang of youths throw rocks through a window of a business!! Cops were called, but the kids were long gone by the time they arrived. Not much to do in town so they make their own 'fun'.
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