Representatives from local community groups, Sunshine Coast Council, Stockland, and Caloundra Police met recently at Baringa Community Centre to discuss recommendations arising from the Youth Behaviour Forum workshops from late 2019.
Several incidents involving youth had flagged possible concerns. The Forum was arranged by Cr Baberowski to address these possible concerns and to better manage and prepare for future incidents involving Youth Behaviour.
Police presence was seen as a major deterrent to any future inappropriate youth behaviour. The police attending the forum voiced their concerns, Much of this is reported in the post below (HERE).
Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) is a available to police to investigate incidents. The addition of CCTV in Caloundra has been a major tool for police to utilize in investigating crime.
The installation of CCTV around Baringa Shopping Centre and the neighbouring Skate Park would be an excellent method for police to monitor incidents. This could be installed by Stockland to cover the shopping centre and skate park but would require Sunshine Coast Council approval to do so. Council approval to install CCTV equipment is a hurdle for Stockland to jump as following the installation and eventual hand over to Council, Council would have to shoulder the costs of the future running of the service. It is believed this would be a substantial cost for Council and rate payers.
Neighbourhood Watch is a service managed by groups of residents who band together to form a network and monitor happenings in a local area. Nowadays programs such as this are seen as possibly outdated because social media and the like make the dissemination of information and sharing of observations a better and more effective method of protecting a community. Currently there are three social media ‘pages’ covering Baringa.
The effective ‘moderation’ of these social media pages is important to ensure it remains an effective means of communication. BeCA moderates its Facebook page closely and ensures inappropriate posts, e.g. advertising or off subject posts, are removed quickly keeping the focus on BeCA’s community issues. The pages available to Baringa residents may require some stronger moderation so as important information is not lost among posts on children’s birthday parties and the like.
Police have a “VIP’s” program so carefully selected and prepared appropriate adults can act as an extra set of police eyes at an event or around a facility. Often ex forces personnel or the like are suited to becoming a “Police VIP”, a police assistant.
Police VIP’s can attend local events, stroll around Shopping Centres, be outside a school at drop off or pick up times, attend local parks and sporting events and be an extra person keeping on eye on the safety of the community members.
With the new Secondary College Principal to be appointed by late April this year, it would be crucial for the new appointee to be included in future Youth Behaviour Management Forum meetings.
Flyers with Council, Police. Stockland and Aura Connected logos would advertise events for local youth and be distributed at Baringa Market Events and be available at IGA customer checkouts. Schools would be involved.
Cr Baberowski praised the attendees at the forum for the range of great strategies that had been raised.
As the area grows, the many strategies raised at the Forum to address concerns on Youth Management will form an excellent framework into the future.