Unfortunately, stories of youth violence and crime taking place in night-time hotspots are common. It is a widespread issue facing the community and most of the trouble arises after dark, when these young people should be at home, safely tucked away in bed.
The lure of the bright lights and excitement of entertainment precincts like Northbridge, Fremantle, Subiaco and the city can be too tempting for underage youths to turn away from. Uncomprehending of the consequences, they don’t realise how a night out can put themselves and others at risk.
Youth and community-based organisations like Constable Care Foundation (CCF), WA Police Force, Government and individuals are working together to help combat the problem and educate young people about how they can keep themselves and their friends safe.
In late 2021, Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas called for a 10pm curfew to apply to unsupervised under 16s in the CBD and Northbridge in an effort to curb teen violence. This coincided with the McGowan Governments announcement of a $5 million investment to tackle antisocial behaviour and violence in the precinct.
WA Police are steadfast in their dedication to community safety and are continuously looking at new ways to working with at-risk teens and deter them from criminal activity.
At CCF, we are committed to keeping children and young people safe. Working in partnership with WA Police Force, Our City After Dark (CAD) program is an important educational tool, specifically created for community youth groups and secondary and tertiary students.
We understand when day turns to night there are more opportunities for young people to be a victim of crime.
Led by a WA Police Officer and CCF representative, the tour gives young people an opportunity to experience first-hand, some of the risks that may encounter, how they can handle them and tips on how to stay safe during an evening out.
CCF’s City After Dark program is a high impact, unique experience.
To find out more, visit: https://constablecare.com.au/program/secondary/youth-choices-films/city-after-dark