Greater Shepparton Community Safety Projects

The Shepparton Community Safety projects are coming to an end. The projects were developed in response to the feedback from local residents who completed an online survey or participated in face-to-face engagement activities in 2018 to identify resident’s local safety concerns.

More than 780 responses were received and residents told us their key safety concerns were drug-related violence, burglaries and violent crime. Family violence and dangerous driving were also issues that greatly concerned the local community.

About the projects

Workshops: Respect and Resilience - creating community cohesion and reducing violence

The Greater Shepparton Community Respect and Resilience workshops were designed to build practical skills and courage to change attitudes and behaviours that enable violence in the community. Fifty seven people attended two workshops, attendees included residents and representatives from government and community organisations.

As part of one workshop activity, participants were asked to identify a value that they felt connected to and work in small groups to look at ways they could take the 'value' back to their work setting, home, sports club and take the step in sharing and actioning it in some form.

A key outcomes of the workshops included developing a deeper understanding of types, tactics and drivers of violence, as well as acknowledgement of the importance of a whole-of-community engagement approach to reducing violence across the community.

The workshops were free and presented by Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Australian Resilience Centre.

All Cultures Police Youth Committee

The All Cultures Police Youth Committee involved young people and police working together to develop ways to address issues affecting young people in Greater Shepparton, giving young people a greater voice and strengthening the relationship between police, young people and the community.

The committee was made up of young people, including those from diverse language and cultural backgrounds, and met monthly to discuss issues trending in the community and how they can be resolved through planning and running of community excursions, activities and events. The Committee was a strong youth network and voice for young people.

Activities delivered by the Committee included male and female self-defence classes, the support of an Iftar dinner during Ramadan, two tours of the local Police station and court, community BBQ’s and a three-day camp.

The young people involved in the committee have built strong relationships with Police and community organisations, including AusCamp, Word of Mouth, Ethnic Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, and Shepparton Access.

As the group built momentum, members encouraged other young people to participate in the committee and its programs. It is expected that it will continue to strengthen relationships between Victoria Police and the young people as well as the broader community beyond the CSN project.

Community Safety messaging campaign

Community messaging was identified as a key factor in informing and supporting residents to be partners with police in contributing to a safe, harmonious and inclusive Shepparton community.

A seven-week property safety messaging campaign for Greater Shepparton area ran from August to September 2019. The campaign raised awareness of and provide crime prevention strategies on a range of topics such as securing tradesman tools, parked cars, unsecured trailers, farm theft, home and bicycle security. The campaign was shared across newspaper, radio and digital media including the Greater Shepparton Eyewatch page on Facebook.

 30% of residential burglaries in Greater Shepparton are achieved with no sign of forced entry.

Image from the Community Safety messaging campaign.

Crime Stoppers 'Say Something' campaign

In Shepparton Crime Stoppers will deliver 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 activity to 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

The campaign starts on 30 September 2019 and will run for two weeks on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centres, with posters displayed in community centres and through community engagement activities.

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