Darwin restaurateur Jimmy Shu calls for action after eighth break-in in eight months

Posted February 11, 2019 14:33:40

Jimmy Shu is spending the first day of his working week watching his $1,000 restaurant door get fixed after it was broken into for the eighth time in as many months.

Key points:

  • Jimmy Shu is calling for a roundtable with government and small business owners on ways to reduce crime
  • He suggests consultation sessions between victims and offenders
  • During the weekend, 13 break-ins occurred across the Territory

He was woken at 3:04am by his security system, a recent investment after being dissuaded from camping at his Darwin restaurant Hanuman with a machete.

But the added protection failed to deter offenders, leaving him with a smashed front door and down six bottles of grog.

The incident was one of 13 break-ins reported this weekend in Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

Mr Shu is now calling for a round table discussion between government and small business owners to brainstorm how to reduce the onslaught.

“Ask me how do I feel, what else can I say? Hopeless. Speechless. Looking for solutions,” Mr Shu said.

“[It’s] very, very depressing. Very emotional. We are just human beings. How much more can we handle it?”

“I would love the Government to get hold of business people like ourselves and have a roundtable chat. And listen to the solutions. Some good people have some good ideas.

“I think [the Government] are trying their very best but I think they need to look for solutions more than anything else and take action.”

‘How can we stop you from doing it?’

Despite his frustration, Mr Shu suggested he could try and reach out to the culprits and speak to them about their behaviour.

“I do have a kind side on my part and that is to try to reach out to these people,” he said.

“Give them a meal. Give them something to drink, I mean of course it’s not going to be alcohol.

“And try and talk to them and ask: ‘How can we stop you from doing it?'”

The idea echoed one of the suggested reforms in the NT Government’s new Victims of Crime discussion paper — to introduce victim-offender conferencing for adult offenders in the Territory.

The Territory Government will hold its first information session in Darwin today about the new paper, which aims to improve the Northern Territory’s financial assistance scheme to better support victims of violent crimes.

Following the spate of weekend crime, Chief Minister Michael Gunner today defended his government’s approach.

“We have some of the toughest laws if not the toughest laws in the country,” he said.

“No law has been weakened under our watch, we have and continue to have the toughest laws in the country.

In the past Mr Shu has said the continuous crime would soon force him to leave town.

But as he was still looking for “his piece of heaven”, and was attached to his staff and “amazing, loyal clientele who are more like friends”, he said he was more focused on finding solutions rather than announcing his departure just yet.

Topics: crime, crime-prevention, law-crime-and-justice, small-business, business-economics-and-finance, government-and-politics, police, darwin-0800, nt

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