Concerns on public safety

Concerns have been raised about public safety in Port Lincoln following reports of violent incidents in the past month.

These concerns were raised following incidents including an altercation outside a hotel on Tasman Terrace on January 25 which led to at least five arrests.

Officer in Charge at Port Lincoln Police Station, Senior Sergeant Pete Murray said there had been a number of incidents in the town but they were not connected.

"Most are under investigation or have been investigated with arrests made," he said.

Barngarla woman Emma Richards has voiced her concern about community violence and said it seemed like some people in the community felt they could get away with this sort of anti-social behaviour.

"Fights are happening, violence is happening," she said.

"Everybody has the right to a safe community.

"This is a community problem and if there's a serious zero tolerance to violence let's make it a zero tolerance to violence."

Senior Sergeant Murray said police were ensuring a regular presence on the foreshore and would address any incidents as best as they could.

" We try and get as many foot patrols as we can down by the foreshore area just so there's a visible police presence to try and keep people safe," he said.

"Some of the cameras down on the foreshore have excellent vision, they are excellent from an investigation standpoint.

"If there is a situation where there is antagonistic behaviour or someone getting aggressive, just walk away."

Police advise people if confronted with a possible violent incident, they should walk away and call the police.

Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism chairperson Jack Ritchie said there were some concerns from businesses about the isolated incidents but overall Port Lincoln was a safe place.

"I think in general we have a very safe community but there are exceptions to the rule," he said.