Cardinia community safety project
Cardinia police are delivering a series of crime prevention and community engagement campaigns called Operation Engage Cardinia. This project is being delivered with support from Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.
The project aims to educate Cardinia residents about the themes of family violence, burglary and theft from homes, youth antisocial behaviour and road safety. Police will share community safety information at events in the community and online via the Cardinia Eyewatch Facebook page
The project is in response to local safety concerns raised by Cardinia residents at the community safety forums held in late 2017.
About the project
The first phase of Operation Engage Cardinia began in November 2018 with a family violence campaign.
The family violence campaign was delivered over four weeks with different key messages shared each week of the campaign. Highlights from the campaign included short video posts on Eyewatch Cardinia Facebook page by local police members with practical tips on bystander action, links to a wide variety of local services, information on how Victoria Police deal with reports of Family Violence and a useful mental health checklist.
The campaign was launched with the ‘Walk against Violence’ from the Pakenham Library, where police and project partners marched proudly alongside community and staff from local service providers.
Watch a video from the launch of the family violence campaign on Cardinia Eyewatch Facebook page
In February this year, Cardinia police launched a campaign about burglary and theft from homes. As part of the campaign, police talked about how the crime statistics (since October 2015) have seen rates of burglary decreasing and provided tips to residents on how they could better secure their homes. Some of the key tips included information about the most common methods of entry for burglaries in Cardinia and the importance of locking doors; and encouraging residents to take the Neighbourhood Watch’s ‘How Safe is My Place’ quiz.
Police also attended the Upper Beaconsfield Village Festival (see photo) and distributed crime prevention information and discussed community concerns with the public and gave tips on how to best avoid becoming a victim of property theft in the area.
Crime Stoppers 'Consideration is key' campaign
In Cardinia Crime Stoppers Victoria asked residents to take action and consider how accessible their car keys are to potential car thieves as a part of the 'Consideration is key' campaign.
The two-week campaign featured on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centres as well as with some community engagement activity.
Find out more
- Keep in touch with your local police and let them know what’s important to you by following the Cardinia Eyewatch Facebook page
- Fine out more about your local Neighbourhood Watch at nhw.com.au
- For crime prevention tips and resources visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
- Find out more about community safety initiatives in Cardinia on the Community Safety Statement 2019/20 website
- Read the latest crime statistics for Cardinia by downloading the one-page fact sheet from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria