Combating Violence in a Regional Night-Time Economy

Université Laval, Faculté des sciences sociales
8 Novembre 2010, 13h00-14h00
Pavillon deKoninck, DKN-3456

Darren Palmer
Associate Professor
School of History Heritage and Society
Deakin University
Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia, 3217
phone 61-3-5227-2282
fax 61-3-5227-2018

Ian Warren
Senior Lecturer
School of History Heritage and Society
Deakin University
Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia, 3217
phone 61-3-5227-2434
fax 61-3-5227-2018


This paper documents the intersections between a brutal rape, a regional Australian newspaper’s ‘outrage’ at the failure to combat alcohol-related violence and the adoption of a novel surveillance technology as the key solution to improving public safety in the night-time economy.

Focusing on the regional centre of Geelong in Victoria, Australia, this case study reinforces key trends in the literature on signal crime and formal initiatives aimed at providing reassurances of community safety. The media’s initial discourses of outrage at the brutal signal event encouraged community support for the introduction of computerised ID scanning to increase the level of surveillance within the local nightclub precinct. The ongoing campaign following the signal crime juxtaposed concerns over the limits of the existing CCTV system against a renewed faith in digital ID scanning as a viable yet untested harm reduction initiative. Notably, subsequent media reports examining ID scanners have been scarce, but reinforce their effectiveness in reducing alcohol-related disorder despite no formal evaluation of their impact. Trends in reporting signal crimes that generate technological responses are discussed in light of the pivotal role local media organisations play in reflecting narrow views of assumed community consensus to shape regional crime prevention agendas.

Keywords: ID scanner; signal crime; violence; night-time economy; regional media

Associate Professor Darren Palmer is the Criminology convenor at Deakin University and has written extensively on the histories of policing in Australia, rural and regional crime prevention initiatives and the criminological implications of emerging surveillance technologies, and coordinates several ongoing research projects examining alcohol-related violence in the Geelong region.

Dr Ian Warren is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University with a broad variety of research interests spanning the popular cultural depictions of crime and violence, the implications of new and emerging crime reduction technologies and the regulation of good conduct in three-dimensional virtual environments.

Crime risks of three-dimensional virtual environments
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 388
Ian Warren and Darren Palmer
ISSN 1836-2206
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 201

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