Community safety and crime prevention

Community safety

“A Safe Community is one in which all sectors of the community work together in a coordinated and collaborative way, forming partnerships to promote safety, manage risk, increase the overall safety of all of its members and reduce their fears of harm” (Australian Safe Communities Foundation 2012, 3).

A key aspect of a safe community is the creation of local partnerships between community, government and non–government as well as business leaders that aim to combine resources, knowledge and capacities to address local concerns about the physical environment, injuries, antisocial behaviour and crime in a coordinated and sustained manner.

 The Safer Communities Plan 2015-2019 is both a strategic and practical document that provides a framework for local government, local community groups and key government agencies to implement initiatives that will improve community safety over a four year period. The aim of this plan is to increase community safety and reduce crime through:

* Partnerships to address drug and alcohol related harm;
* Programs that engage youth and the wider community in activities that promote good mental health;
* Investigating the feasibility of projects to reduce domestic and sexual violence;
* Promoting safety in the water, particularly in relation to shark response and community awareness around the risks of recreating  at a rugged coast;
* Facilitating community safety through community connectedness and community ownership

* Implementation of an Environmental Health Services Activity Plan;
* Activities for youth that promote safe choices;
* Activities for seniors that promote health and safety;
* Implementing programs and education strategies around animal control, abandoned vehicles and firebreak management to keep public places safe;
 * Implementing programs and education strategies to keep roads and pathways safe
 * Working with local police and other stakeholders to prevent and reduce crime through surveillance, education, engagement and environmental design;
* Building strong partnerships to develop and test procedures to ensure emergency management arrangements and responses are robust and effective;
* Supporting community in developing household emergency plans; and
* Setting a process for monitoring and evaluating community safety initiatives and strategies that form part of this plan.

Safer Communities Plan

Safer Communities Policy

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PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


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