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
As a part of the Safer CommUnity project, Ballarat police will be holding community events to meet with Ballarat locals and discuss the safety issues that matter to them. Ballarat residents are encouraged to attend these events to meet and engage with their local police to discuss local safety issues, concerns and the latest crime statistics. Check this page for future dates as they become scheduled.
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.
Crime Stoppers 'Say Something' campaign
In Ballarat residents are being encouraged to speak out as part of the 'Say Something' campaign to promote community safety and crime prevention.
Crime Stoppers Victoria are asking residents to report any information about crime or any suspicious activity to 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
The campaign will run from 26 August to 8 September 2019 on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centers, with posters displayed in community centers and through 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 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
- Find out more about community safety initiatives in Ballarat on the Community Safety Statement 2019/20 website
- Read the latest crime statistics for Ballarat by downloading the one-page fact sheet from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria.