Is Melbourne becoming more mean?

Lately there has been a number of reports regarding the increasing amount of violence in the city of Melbourne. Do you think that is true?

Many years ago, the city of Melbourne became a ghost town after 6 pm. Nothing moved, and nothing was opened. Several years later, when 7-eleven opened their stores around Melbourne, that was the highlight of an evening. A walk to 7-eleven, just to buy something because it was the only place opened at night or in the early morning.

Now, there are many cafes and restaurants that are opened til the wee hours of the mornings everyday. Coupled that with many people who live in the city now, I expect there are more people in the city at night. But does that translate to more violence?

Add that to the increased number of bars and nightclubs with large capacity, and we do end up with lots of drunks on the streets after the night spots have shut their doors. So what do the walking drunks do? Throw up, fight and abuse people? I can only guess there are some who will do all three.

Do people feel safe in the city of Melbourne after dark now? The next question is: Is there anything that Melbourne can do to reduce this violence?

News Link
The Age “Mean streets of Melbourne
The Herald Sun “Gangs, alcohol fuel weekend Victorian Violence

4 Comments so far

  1. Dmitry Yakhnov (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    Black PR indeed, looks like Ted Baillieu found a good reason to kick John Brumby off his throne =)

  2. Chris (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 11:21 am

    I think this is a myth, I have never had a bad experience in the city at night.

  3. alex (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

    Yeah, I’ve never really experienced much in the way of hooliganism and thuggery in the CBD. I generally find it feels safer than, say, Frankston.

  4. sam (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    the whole world is changing.. at younger ages people are becoming binge drinkers.. more and more people are having sex at younger ages… pfft

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