How would you try to solve Brisbane’s city violence problems?


There’s been a lot of press coverage over the months about violence in Brisbane’s CBD – particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. Hotels, nightclubs and nights out will always be a fact of life – so how do we manage those who cause trouble for everyone else?

What ideas do you think would work in solving violence problems in the city? How would you change strategies that have been tried already? Share your ideas below.


  1. Some of them throw words at you while they are driving by!! What is that??? Seriously ? And by words I don’t mean flirtation … It’s embarrassing and scary especially when I’m alone

  2. There is a violence problem everywhere it seems. The problem is, there are no consequences, so no risk to belt up someone or glass them. Perpetrators get a slap on the wrist, some community service and that’s about it. I get to travel for work a great deal, why is it that those who live in a nation of privilege expect more and act more violently. Why is crime so high in strong economies? In cities like New York, zero tolerance was introduced and it worked. Some crimes see you in the lock up for a night and in front of the judge in the morning no matter what. If that isn’t a wake up then nothing is.
    We have to get tougher and give our police the power to stop violence and then have the courts back them up.

  3. @the8thark CCTV doesn’t reduce crime long term. People get used to it; they don’t notice it after a while.
    I live in the UK, which has the highest surveillance of its people than anywhere in the world. Its possible to be followed from your front door through your entire journey and then back home again. Aside, from the ‘Big Brother’ issues, the crime levels in the UK are not in proportion to the amount of CCTV. We even have programmes compiled of CCTV footage of people committing crimes. If there is enough footage to make TV programmes, then clearly the cameras are NOT reducing crime.

    Brisbane, like cities in the UK, need the old-fashioned, tried and tested solutions: More police on the street (not in cars) with community routes that help people get to know their local cops. Better late night public transport to disperse crowds, and hype-local community activities that encourage neighbourlyness – otherwise known as the Meerkat principal.

  4. The answer to less crime (including violent crime) in Brisbane?
    That’s a simple one. More cameras. Flood the crime hotspots with as many hidden cameras as you can fit in there. And you’d be amazed at how fast the crime will decrease. And the little that exists still will have their perpetrators promptly caught.

    Is there an example of this solution working well in an other area?
    Yes. In Ipswich. So many cameras in Ipswich it’s not funny. But it has brought the crime down substantially in Ipswich. I believe it’s a model that other cities and downs (with adequate funding) should be looking to adopting in part or in whole.

  5. Apart from the 1st comment, which is nail on the head, I’d say get more security..
    I work security, and there is always a need for more guards..
    1 guard cannot physically take on 50-10,000 people at once.
    Better police is a MUST.. Too much corruption I’d say.
    That’s my opinion, please do not rage. :)

  6. First comment I agree fully, since the douche-bag types most likely don’t have the funds to fully compensate the venues forced community service. Cooking BBQ’s for local groups, helping remove graffiti, working with services groups (Rotary, Lions etc), that sort of stuff.

  7. Brisbane doesn’t have a violence problem per se, it has a media beat up problem.

    However, violence does exist, and I believe the solution is in giving the venues the right to sue the ARSE off of any perpetrators of violence as well as the usual criminal charges. It results in a loss of revenue and reputation for the venues so they should be able to reap some compensation out of the douchebags that cause it.


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