Queen St after midnight
Big trouble in Jekyll and Hyde city
Public order offences in central Auckland soared by a staggering 27.1 per cent last year.
The significant rise - totalling 4237 incidents - was due largely to nearly 1000 liquor ban breaches, new police figures show. Other crimes included disorderly behaviour, wilful damage and urinating in the street.
I live on Queen street, and am out late some nights and I can certainly agree that over the last 12 months things have become far more violent and angry on the street.
I've lived in the CBD on and off for about twenty years and I can't remember when the level of tension at night has ever been this high. It's large groups of very drunk, very angry young men who are actively trying to start fights combined with incredibly lax policing. Over the last month alone I've seen weekly examples of large groups of youth rumbling with no police presence whatsoever.
There is very visible policing during the day with lots of police foot patrols, but as a resident in the article says and I can attest to, after 8pm the police vanish. I have been genuinely surprised by the lack of police patrols on Queen st of late. In the past Central City late night policing always seemed to consist of a pretty proactive police van with a lot of pushy-shovy type cops. I started noticing that I wasn't seeing the van around much and had assumed that they were needed elsewhere.
The inner city now has thousands and thousands of residents (and thankfully we've gained 2 supermarkets at last) so the numbers hanging on the street have always provided a level of security, but the large groups of drunk angry young men actively seeking confrontation seem to have chased many locals off the street at night.
If Len is wanting some answers I'd look at what patrols police are doing at night in the CBD and how 24 hour licenses are impacting the inner city. You can see the failure of our economy every weekend with the aggression on the streets.