Clear direction set for community safety

Friday, 17 February 2017

The City of Mandurah has paved a clear way forward to deliver strategic community safety initiatives after the City’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy 2017-2022 was endorsed at this week’s Council meeting.

The strategy was developed in consultation with input from WA Police, community feedback and local business concerns to ensure community safety has a well-rounded approach.

The plan has three key focus areas of community safety and crime prevention through social development, environmental design (CPTED), and community action, connection and involvement.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the City’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy was a vital component of future planning to help Mandurah to be a safe and vibrant community.

“Local government has a key role to play in creating vibrant and liveable communities and our strategy focuses on a proactive approach to help residents feel safe,” she said.

“The new plan focuses on social issues which are often the drivers of crime and this will help to make Mandurah a safer place to live, work and play.”

The previous Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Plan 2011-2016 delivered close to a million dollars in state and federally funded projects, positively impacting on creating a safer Mandurah.

The new plan builds on previous work and key community safety partnerships that have been developed and strengthened over several years, particularly since the creation of the City’s Safer Mandurah Team in 2011.

Much of the work of the 2011-16 plan was in the environmental design space including CCTV systems and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) principles. This work will continue and the focus will turn to social development and community action, connection and involvement.

A number of new key projects in the new strategy include:

  • Investigation of World Health Organisation (WHO) Safe Cities accreditation.
  • Encouraging resident connection with My Street Grooves small grants program.
  • Working with businesses to focus efforts on anti-social behaviour issues at key locations including the city centre, Smart Street Mall, and eastern and western foreshores.
  • Addressing new and emerging crime problems such as technology enabled crime particularly targeting vulnerable groups.
  • Tackling social issues such as homelessness, drug, alcohol, mental health and domestic violence.

The plan will be officially launched in the coming months.