Youth and crime

20 August 2012

Garner Clancey comments on claims that gangs of youths are using retail shopping centres to conduct brawls.

In an interview with A Current Affair, he says as the malls are a public place the youths tend to be attracted to the notion of having an audience, which makes it very difficult forcentre security staff.

"Often they're aiming to reduce, prevent or quell an incident, without drawing a lot of attention to it and without themselves being dragged into this.

"There's no simple solution.

"Some youth services are very creative by trying to put programs on during the nights and times when young people are most bored.

"They try and engage them in activities and keep them out of places like the shopping centres."

View the footage - Shopping Centre Terror - A Current Affair

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