Ballarat community safety project

The Ballarat Safer CommUnity project launched in October 2018 and will feature a 12-month campaign of events and activities to deliver community safety information to residents and increase connection between police and the community.

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

As part of the engagement, Police 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.

The findings from the survey found that the majority of people feel that Ballarat is a safe place. Residents also said that they wanted to have a stronger connection with their local police. Other themes raised by the community were illicit drugs, engaging with young people, and burglary and car theft.

This project is being delivered with support from Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and Crime Stoppers Victoria will be delivering a community safety and crime prevention campaign.

About the project?

To launch the Safer CommUnity project, Ballarat police are holding a community safety roadshow over two weeks this October and November. The roadshow features 16 community events, which will also mark the start of a 12-month project of police linking in with community.

Ballarat residents are encouraged to attend the roadshow events to meet and engage with their local police, and learn how simple crime prevention tips can keep you and your belongings safe.

Roadshow calendar:

DateWhat's on
Thursday 25 October 2018Salvation Army Community House Elder Drivers Program
Thursday 25 October 2018Neighbourhood Watch Coffee Club – Promoting safe living
Friday 26 October 2018Brown Hill Community Festival (part of Children’s Week)
Saturday 27 October 2018Mini Emergency Services Family Fun Day
Sunday 28 October 2018Bunnings Crime Prevention Pop Up
Sunday 28 October 2018Multi Faith event – The Walk
Monday 29 October 2018Active and Healthy Ageing Expo, Ballarat Community Health
Tuesday 30 October 2018Total Tools – Tradie theft event
Wednesday 31 October 2018Hemsley Park Village – Personal safety
Thursday 1 November 2018Meadow Gardens Village – Personal safety
Friday 2 November 2018You Think event
Saturday 3 November 2018Operation Safe Plate @ Bunnings Ballarat
Wednesday 7 November 2018Ballarat Library morning event
Wednesday 7 November 2018Koori Hub event – Teenage group focusing on alcohol and other drugs and family violence
Thursday 8 November 2018Ballarat Library morning event
Friday 9 November 2018Ballarat Show - Youth Resources Officer Bus and Safer Communities Tasking Unit conducting youth activities in the Pavilion

Police will be delivering more activities as part of the 12-month project that will respond to the other safety issues the Ballarat community told police mattered the most to them, such as the impact of illicit drugs and engaging with young people. Police will also look at how these issues can be further addressed through local operational policing efforts.

More details will be made available as these activities are finalised. If you would like to receive further information about this project, you can supply your email address by entering it into the ‘Stay informed’ section on this page.

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