The Community Safety Network (CSN) project concluded on 30 October 2019. This page contains an overview of the activities delivered as part of Ballarat and Pyrenees Community Safety Network.

Ballarat and Pyrenees community safety projects

Local police in Ballarat and Pyrenees have delivered a range of community safety projects as part of the Community Safety Network project.

The project was in response to the Community Safety Network findings, where Ballarat residents completed more than 2400 community safety surveys in late 2017 and Pyrenees residents completed 338 community surveys in December 2018, to help identify the local safety concerns that matter most to them.

As part of the engagement, police in Ballarat were out and about in the community - in shopping centres, local malls and on V-Line trains – speaking to local residents, business owners and commuters about the safety issues that impact them the most. In the Pyrenees, police were at the Avoca Riverside and Beaufort Markets, Avoca and Landsborough community events, or Coffee with a Cop in Learmonth.

The findings from the surveys found that the majority of people felt that both Ballarat and the Pyrenees are safe places. Residents also said that they wanted to have a stronger connection with their local police.

In Ballarat we heard that illicit drugs, engaging with young people, and burglary and car theft were your main safety concerns. In the Pyrenees you told us that dangerous driving, theft from farms/stock theft and road safety were your main safety concerns.

About the projects

Based on the community engagement findings, a number of community safety projects have been delivered across Ballarat and the Pyrenees that addressed the insights provided about local safety concerns.

Ballarat Safer CommUnity Project

The Ballarat Safer CommUnity project launched in October 2018 and featured a 12-month roadshow of events and activities that delivered community safety information to residents and increased connection between police and the community. As a part of the Safer CommUnity project, Ballarat police held community events to meet with Ballarat locals and discuss the safety issues that matter to them. Ballarat residents were encouraged to attend these events to meet and engage with their local police to discuss local safety issues, concerns and the latest crime statistics.

Police Youth Enhancement Program

The Police Youth Enhancement Program (PYEP) was developed to support and empower vulnerable young people, their families and the wider community by assisting in youth crime prevention whilst completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze certificate. The PYEP commenced in May 2019 and will ran for 12 months with participants completing activities relating to the award sections of service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Download the program flyer.

Spring in the Park Festival

Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Community Safety partnered with the Central Highlands Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to host the Spring in the Park event in Ballarat on Saturday 16 November.

This event was proposed by young people, as members of the YAB, in response to the lack of youth and family focused events that are free, accessible, inclusive and drug and alcohol-free in our area. The overarching purpose of the event is to:

- Promote positive connections between young people, their peers, their families and the broader community – including organisations that service and support young people

- Provide a platform for local young people to “have their say” and be heard about issues that are important to them via an interactive message board

- Provide young people and their families with access to information about what support is on offer in the community.

Photos: Police out and about in Beaufort talking to residents about their community safety concerns

Crime Stoppers 'Say Something' campaign

In Ballarat Crime Stoppers delivered the 'Say Something' campaign to promote community safety and crime prevention.

Crime Stoppers Victoria asks residents to speak out by reporting any information about crime or any suspicious activityy to 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

The two-week campaign ran on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centers, with posters displayed in community centers and through community engagement activities.

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