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Yarra Police Service Area. Alcohol and Drug Overview 2008-09. Alcohol. 670 licensed premises 445 hotels (114), restaurants, bars 22% increase in main types of licensed premises between 2002-2006 (100+) 92 licensed premises for every 10,000 residents Darebin 18 Moreland 24 Borandarah 25

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yarra police service area

Yarra Police Service Area

Alcohol and Drug Overview

2008-09

alcohol
Alcohol
  • 670 licensed premises
    • 445 hotels (114), restaurants, bars
  • 22% increase in main types of licensed premises between 2002-2006 (100+)
  • 92 licensed premises for every 10,000 residents
    • Darebin 18
    • Moreland 24
    • Borandarah 25
    • Port Phillip 74
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Alcohol
  • Research conducted by the NSW Bureau of Crime & Research (2006)
    • Liquor outlet density above 22 licensed premises per 10,000 face the highest crime related problems
    • Correlation between accessibility of liquor outlets and anti-social behaviour and public order offences (assaults, robberies, damage)
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Alcohol
  • Yarra has significantly higher rates of alcohol related assaults and hospital admissions compared across Victoria
  • Large proportion of reported assaults involve either the victim or offender or both are intoxicated
  • 2003-04 approx 160 alcohol related assaults
  • 2008-09 approx 180 alcohol related assaults
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Alcohol

Strategies

  • Safe Streets Task Force
  • Task Force Razon
  • Responsible Alcohol Victoria
  • Local licensing operations (venues & traffic)
  • Banning Notices
    • Brunswick Street
    • Smith Street
  • Local Law 8
  • Licensee\'s Forum
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Alcohol

Alcohol and accidents

  • Approximately 1 in every 60-70 drivers at non booze bus interceptions test positive to exceeding the prescribed limit
  • Approximately 1 in every 200-300 drivers tested positive in 2007 for illicit drugs
  • 10% of pedestrian collisions involve alcohol (22 per month)
drugs
Drugs
  • Four most prevalent drugs (possession)
    • Cannabis
    • Heroin
    • Amphetamine
    • Ecstasy
  • Four most prevalent drugs (trafficking)
    • Heroin
    • Amphetamines
    • Cannabis
    • Ecstasy
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Drugs
  • Heroin is the most prevalent drug in the City of Yarra
  • Historically street level dealing is usual method of dealing
  • Significant amount of dealing from housing estates
  • 2006 gram of heroin around $400-$500
  • 2009 gram of heroin around $200-$400
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Drugs
  • ICE is now becoming more obvious and being detected regularly
  • Increasing in drug of choice
  • 2009 ounce of ICE $14,000 vs Heroin $7,000
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Drugs

Deaths

  • Intravenous use of heroin 2008 – 108 deaths across Victoria
  • January 2009 – March 2009 – 4 deaths
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Drugs

Increased Enforcement

  • 2008-09 Trafficking Drugs
    • Approximately 51% increase in offences from 2007-08
  • 2008-09 Possessing Drugs
    • Approximately 14% increase in offences from 2007/08
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Drugs

Increased Enforcement - Impact

2008-09

  • 13% reduction in robberies
  • 13% reduction in property damage
  • 20% reduction in residential burglary
  • 34% reduction in burglary (other)
  • 10% reduction in theft from motor car
  • 19% reduction in theft of motor car

Approximately 11% reduction in total crime

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Drugs

Enforcement

  • Targeted operations
    • Plain clothes
    • Uniform / Mounted Branch / Traffic Enforcement
  • Operation Handle - July 2009 - Passive Alert Detection Dog used
  • Yarra Pro Active Unit
  • Yarra Drug Unit (Jan - Mar 2009)
  • Operation Elizabeth (Nov 2007 & 2008) - Foot patrols
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Drugs

Initiatives

  • High Risk & Early Intervention Referral Project - YSAS
  • DHS Eviction Project
  • Illicit Drug Strategy (Victoria Police) Champions Project
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