Community Safety is a much broader than the presence or absence of crime, it’s about all people feeling safe in the community regardless of your background, age or gender. It’s the sense of having the freedom to participate in your community without fear of harm. But is it’s also about how we create positive opportunities for people to contribute to their communities. We want to create cohesive and strong communities in Wyndham that you feel safe in and out proud of.
Need to work in partnership creating safe communities is a shared responsibility, That’s why Council is keen to work with local communities and groups such as yours to identify what can do together.
It is important to note that Council does not have the authority to police crime. Crime is primarily the responsibility of Victoria Police and the State Government, and any residents who have specific concerns should contact the local police and/or their local member of parliament.
To be effective, crime prevention requires communities and governments to work together. For further details download the Crime Prevention Responsibilities flyer.
People’s fear and worry about crime or lack of safety poses an ongoing challenge. It’s hard to keep track of ever changing statistics about the actual levels of crime in Wyndham. Council has produced a Community Safety Fact Sheet which we will regularly update as new figures become available.
Victoria Police host the Eyewatch – Wyndham Police Area Facebook Page which is currently followed by more than 16,000 people.
Top Safety Tips
Knowing your neighbours is one of the best ways to improve safety and connection within your community. Knowing each other means we can help look out for each other. Consider hosting a neighbourhood event, or simply introduce yourself.
Wyndham City Council is proud to provide some further ‘Top Tips’ on how to remain safe in your home or on our streets.
At your home
- Get to know your neighbours. If there is any suspicious activity at your home when you’re not there, a neighbour could notice and alert the authorities. Visit Being a good neighbour.
- Make sure that all your doors and windows are locked and well secured, even if you are home.
- Always leave a light on inside your home, even at night or when you’re away, to give the impression somebody is there
- Consider installing an alarm system.
- Don’t leave valuables like computers, phones or new televisions in positions that are easily noticeable from the street.
- Don’t leave boxes or packaging for new electronic appliances on the nature strip – it notifies possible thieves of what is inside.
- Park prestige cars in the garage.
- When away on holiday, don’t post on social media – you never know who is watching.
- Connect with your local Neighbourhood Watch group
On the streets
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid walking with earphones in your ears.
- At night keep to major roads that are well-lit.
- Don’t get into the car with strangers.
- Carry a mobile phone with you at all times.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and strangers.
- If you notice you’re being followed, walk close to the road and change your direction, then call the police.
- When driving, don’t play music too loud and keep your car doors locked at all times.
- Always lock your car.
- Don’t leave any valuables unattended in your car.
- Park it in a garage when you can.
- Have one-way screws put in place into your number plate to avoid theft.
- Never leave keys in the ignition when your car is unattended
- Consider installing an immobiliser, steering wheel lock or transmission lock
Victoria Police Factsheet
Victoria Police have a range of more detailed Fact Sheets from to let you know what simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your community safe, including:
State Government Crime Prevention Officers
Each police division has its own Crime Prevention Officer (CPO). The CPO acts as a liaison officer to individuals and community groups. They provide advice and suggest remedies to local community safety problems.
What services they offer:
- Consultation with local communities.
- An analysis of crime trends and statistics.
- The use of a problem solving approach to crime reduction.
The majority of CPOs have been trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The CPTED philosophy recognises that we, as a community, can design our public and private places in ways that prevent criminal activity. CPTED training is at the forefront of proactive policing initiatives and demonstrates Victoria Police's commitment to public safety.
Contact with the Wyndham CPO can be made by calling (03) 9742 9444.
Council and State Government Grants for Community Safety
Council has small grants of up to $500 available that residents can apply for to hold small - scale events like a street party to grow local community cohesion and connections.
The State Government has provided grants to Council and community groups to promote Community Safety over a number of years. Some of these initiatives include the lighting of Station Place and the upgrades to Kelly Park in Werribee.
To see a list of programs and initiatives funded by the State Government click here.
Being safe from family violence
Everybody has the right to feel safe and not live in fear. This includes feeling secure in your own family household. In Australia, it is against the law to be hurt or controlled by any member of your family, including your partner, children and in-laws. This is known as family violence, and it is an issue that is taken very seriously.
If you are a victim of a crime
Everyone reacts and deals with being a victim of crime differently.
If you feel like you need some support or advice or you can contact the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817 or go to http://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/
To report graffiti call Wyndham Council’s 24 hour Graffiti Reporting Line on 8734 2709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org