Delinquent boys The Inbetweeners may be visiting the Gold Coast to promote their feature film, right now but Mayor Ron Clarke is unimpressed with last night’s 60 Minutes after the show depicted the tourist destination as “Australia’s crime capital.”
Reporter Liam Bartlett spent time on the Coast last month to film the story.
Clarke told News Limited “I’d give it a minus five out of 10.”
“The story was mainly based around a random shooting – the only one that’s occurred, I think, on the Gold Coast.
“The crime rate now is about half what it was 10 years ago per 100,000 people,” he said.
The Nine show claimed the crime rate was spiralling out of control with an armed hold-up every two days.
60 Minutes claimed local police were under-resourced in their battle to fight an underworld culture of drugs and violence, and a crime rate spiralling out of control.
Bartlett interviewed a police whistleblower who exposed major problems within the police force on the Coast.
Gold Coast criminal lawyer Bill Pott said, “There is clearly a significant drug problem on the Gold Coast and while more feet on the beat are needed, the (Queensland) government needs to make some harder decisions and deal with some of the greater social issues that we’re facing here.”
But he denied any increase in violent crime, with property crime remaining static and murder rates dropping slightly.
Last night the story triggered divided opinions on Twitter from those who criticised it for focussing on the glam strip and not the hinterland, to blame at the Bligh Government to those who agreed and were surprised it had taken the show so long to report it.