The City of Mandurah aims to provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable city for both residents and visitors.

Community safety is an issue that the City cannot tackle alone. The City takes a joint approach to community safety and crime prevention. We work together with a range of people and groups towards creating a safer Mandurah.

The City works with WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch WA and other key partners to ensure community safety has a well-rounded approach and to carry out a number of these initiatives and projects.

The City's Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy 2017-22 demonstrates the City’s vision and commitment to safety and crime prevention. This Strategy outlines the roles and responsibilities of all those involved and provides the framework for community safety and crime prevention initiatives in Mandurah.

 

Health and Wellbeing

Safety initiatives

Business Beat is a set of resources which have been developed to help businesses improve safety, prevent crime and reduce the negative impact crime may have on their business.

The Kit includes a safety and security audit checklist, information sheets on cash-handling, shoplifting and hold-up precautions, and crime prevention through environmental design.

The City partners with Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry and WA Police to hold an annual Local Business Breakfast. This event provides local business owners an opportunity to raise any business-specific issues with the WA Police and to learn about the different resources available to help increase business safety.
Find out more from the WA Police Force Business Beat website

The City uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras throughout Mandurah. The City provides CCTV cameras in buildings, facilities and public areas. The installation of public area CCTV has been supported through a number of grants sourced through both the State and Federal Government.

The aim is to protect assets, and to stop offences happening to people and property, footage may also be used to provide evidence of events or incidents. The City utilises CCTV to cover ‘hot spots’ high traffic pedestrian areas within the CBD and entertainment precinct with the cameras having the ability to serve as a ‘capable guardian’ to deter anti-social behaviour and crime.

The City and WA Police have confirmed their commitment to a safer Mandurah through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement formalises the two agencies working partnership, providing the WA Police with CCTV equipment and footage to assist in their investigations.

Communities that Care (CTC) helps communities across Australia to prevent child and adolescent health and social problems before they develop.  This model aims to address the root of the problem, rather than focussing solely on managing the health and behavioural outcomes.  Here in Mandurah, thanks to a Federal grant, the CTC model has been in action since June 2016 and a Community Board meet regularly to work collectively towards their vision of:

“Building connections to grow a healthy resilient community.”

The CTC Mandurah process began with a youth survey across three Mandurah schools. The Board analysed the youth survey results, along with extensive community-wide data, to identify the community’s risks and strengths.  The following priority areas were selected:

  • Attitudes towards alcohol / drug use.

  • Community norms and laws favourable to alcohol / drug use.

  • Family management/Family conflict.

  • Low commitment to school.

  • Community opportunities and recognition for pro-social involvement.

The CTC Mandurah Community Board have now finalised the Community Action Plan, which recommends evidence-based programs focussing on the above priority areas. Check out the Helpful resources list on this page to find out more about how CTC Mandurah works together to make a big difference for the future of Mandurah’s young people.

Visit the Communities that Care website for more information

Crime prevention through environmental design is using the built environment to lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime. Here are some tips that you can implement around your home to achieve sufficient crime prevention.

  • Natural surveillance - Place lighting to allow people to be seen from 25 metres away, not directly in their line of sight to allow full vision of other passer-by’s. A white coloured light allows better vision of others. While leaving a few front window coverings open gives the idea that you are watching the street and will see any crime that occurs.

  • Access control – Have a clearly defined line between public space and your property by using low lying bushes, garden beds or low fences at the front of your property to clearly show ownership.

  • Clear path – Having a clear path to your front door makes anyone approaching your property not on this path easily identifiable.

  • Hiding places - Make sure that shrubs are no higher than 36 inches from the ground and trees up 7 feet from the ground so there are no places to easily hide. Also consider removing any fences from the front of your property to enable a clear line of vision but do consider something to distinguish your property from the road, such as a line of flowers.

  • Maintenance – Keeping your home maintained and well-kept sends the message that your property is occupied and cared for so you will notice and report any crime.

  • Presence – Keep vehicles in the garage to show you are home, also gives the idea that the vehicle is cared for will be reported if stolen. Only putting your bins on the street when it is bin day and bringing them back in that same day shows you are not away for an extended period. Removing your mail daily also indicates your house is lived in.

  • Windows – Keep all windows locked or have security screens on the outside rather than fly wire. If you do not have a security screen make sure door locks are at least 40 inches from windows, this prevents thieves being able to smash a window and reach around to the door lock.

  • Neighbours – Be friendly with your neighbours and always let them know when you are going away so they can take in your mail and watch over your property.

Please see our graffiti page

Please see our hooning page.

Marking your property makes ownership clear, deters theft and assists WA Police return property to its rightful owner.

To loan a free property marking kit contact the Safer Mandurah Team or visit your local Library.

Safe Communities is a best practice model for addressing community safety issues at the local level. A Safe Community means having all sectors of the community working together collaboratively, forming partnerships to promote safety, risk management, and increasing the overall safety of the community. Community Safety includes injury prevention, crime prevention, and the delivery of emergency services. This model prevents harm and injury, and promotes safe behaviour and choices. This is not a safety solution, instead it is a proven framework of method, capacity, and collaboration.

Becoming a Safe Community is a National Standard accreditation and involves addressing six criteria before a local government is awarded the title of a Safe Community. The criteria includes: leadership and collaboration, program reach, priority setting, data analysis and strategic alignment, evaluation, and communication and networking.

The City of Mandurah is currently working towards achieving this accreditation. For more information regarding Pan Pacific Safe Communities Accreditation please contact the Community Safety Team on 9550 3777 or safermandurah@mandurah.wa.gov.au 

The Community perception scorecard is a city wide survey conducted every two years to help identify community priorities.

Previous Survey Results

The 2018 survey results indicated that respondents generally felt that Mandurah was a safe and friendly place to live. The results also highlighted areas for improvement.

Safety issues our community identified were:
  • Anti-social and aggressive behavior

  • Street lighting maintenance
  • Hooning

Previous surveys have helped the City to identify key issues important to Mandurah residents and as a result, the City has been successful in attracting approximately $1 million worth of grant funding towards community safety and crime prevention projects and initiatives. 

Survey Results

View the survey results

Helpful documents

Community safety and crime prevention strategy (PDF - 1.3MB)
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Homeless directory (PDF - 55.9KB)
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Who to call information sheet (PDF - 183.3KB)
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Communities that Care action plan (PDF - 946.2KB)
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Family Domestic Violence - Key Contacts (PDF - 897.7KB)
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