A new crime report has proven that lockout laws are not the answer to solving the Sydney’s problems, with violence in surrounding suburbs on the rise.
The report was published today by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), and shows thats a 12% increase of violence was documented in Ultimo, Surry Hills, Bondi Beach, Coogee, Double Bay, Newtown and – of course – The Star casino in Pyrmont.
According to SMH, the report covers the first 32-months of the lockout laws since their implementation in February, 2014, and shows “evidence for geographical displacement of assaults to areas immediately adjacent to the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD areas”. Who’d have guessed it *insert sarcasm*?
The report also claims that the drop in violence within the lockout areas is still greater than the rise in surrounding areas, however one must take into account the fact that foot traffic has dropped off significantly.
This report really comes with a bittersweet response. No one wants violence in their city, however this is fuel to the Keep Sydney Open fire, proving that lockouts DO NOT stop violence, just move it elsewhere.