Your community has spoken!

Five community safety workshops were held across Cardinia in late 2017 to help identify resident’s local safety concerns that matter the most to them.

If you completed a survey via Engage Victoria, or were part of the more than 70 residents that shared your insights at forums in Bunyip, Emerald, or Koo Wee Rup, Officer or Pakenham, thank you for your involvement.

A key safety theme for Cardinia residents was to have a stronger connection with their local police. Other themes identified were:

  • burglary and theft from homes
  • dangerous driving
  • anti-social behaviour people of young people
  • family violence.

Cardinia crime statistics and local safety initiatives

The latest crime statistics for Cardinia reveal a positive trend across the community with a drop in the number of family incidents, burglary, aggravated burglary and theft of and from motor vehicles. In the last 12 months, there was an 18.5 per cent drop in family incidents, burglary/break and enter incidents were down 19.8 per cent, aggravated burglaries were down 33.3 per cent and theft of motor vehicles had reduced by 31.7 per cent.

These decreases are welcome, but they in no way diminish the harm and trauma experienced by victims of crime. There is still more that needs to be done. The Community Safety Statement 2018/19, released in April, sets out exactly what is being done to drive down crime, including addressing the local safety themes identified by the Cardinia community.

Police are deploying youth specialist officers across the state to help prevent at-risk young people from falling into a life of crime. More frontline police and family violence specialists have been allocated to Dandenong Division, which includes Cardinia, to deal with burglaries, thefts and family violence.

What’s next for your Community Safety Network

As part of the next phase of the Community Safety Networks, Victoria Police and Department of Justice and Community Safety will be looking closely at the information gathered from the face-to-face engagement activities and online surveys and will feed your insights into the Cardinia local community safety committee, who will oversee the delivery of community safety initiatives in your community.

This information may also be used to help inform local operational policing priorities as well as community safety and crime prevention activities overseen by project partners, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.

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