Whyalla Police will be ramping up their patrols at the Westlands Shopping Centre following incidents of children and young people engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour’.
Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard said the behavior included shop theft, property damage and offences against the person.
Mr Hubbard said the incidents had been discussed with shop owners and members of the community during regular foot patrols of the shopping centre.
“It has been beneficial to speak with various stakeholders to get a better understanding of the issues and potential solutions,” he said.
Mr Hubbard said Whyalla Police are working with Centre Management, security and other government agencies to deal with the issue.
“In my view community collaboration and team work will be the most successful way of bringing about the best outcomes for the Whyalla community,” he said.
“Everyone has a role to play and this includes members of the public.”
All patrols in the Whyalla area have been advised of the issue and the youths involved and patrols are actively paying attention to the area.
Anyone who experiences or witnesses youth offending or antisocial behaviour is encouraged to report it to police on 131 444 immediately.