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.
|Thursday 25 October 2018||Salvation Army Community House Elder Drivers Program|
|Thursday 25 October 2018||Neighbourhood Watch Coffee Club – Promoting safe living|
|Friday 26 October 2018||Brown Hill Community Festival (part of Children’s Week)|
|Saturday 27 October 2018||Mini Emergency Services Family Fun Day|
|Sunday 28 October 2018||Bunnings Crime Prevention Pop Up|
|Sunday 28 October 2018||Multi Faith event – The Walk|
|Monday 29 October 2018||Active and Healthy Ageing Expo, Ballarat Community Health|
|Tuesday 30 October 2018||Total Tools – Tradie theft event|
|Wednesday 31 October 2018||Hemsley Park Village – Personal safety|
|Thursday 1 November 2018||Meadow Gardens Village – Personal safety|
|Friday 2 November 2018||You Think event|
|Saturday 3 November 2018||Operation Safe Plate @ Bunnings Ballarat|
|Wednesday 7 November 2018||Ballarat Library morning event|
|Wednesday 7 November 2018||Koori Hub event – Teenage group focusing on alcohol and other drugs and family violence|
|Thursday 8 November 2018||Ballarat Library morning event|
|Friday 9 November 2018||Ballarat 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.
Find out more
- Keep in touch with your local police and let them know what’s important to you by following the Ballarat 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
- Read the latest crime statistics for Ballarat by downloading the one-page fact sheet from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria.