Your community has spoken!

Greater Shepparton residents completed more than 780 community safety surveys during our 2018 community consultation to identify your local safety concerns.

If you completed an online survey via Engage Victoria, or were one of the many residents that shared your insights to Victoria Police at the Greater Shepparton Community Safety Network (CSN) engagement activities between July and October, 2018, we thank you for your involvement.

We heard what you had to say about safety in Greater Shepparton. Analysis of your feedback told us that you are very concerned about drug related violence, burglaries and violent crime. Family violence and dangerous driving were also issues that greatly concerned our community. Your community safety ideas are highly valued and will be taken into consideration for the next stage of our local CSN (to find out more read the What’s next section below).

Greater Shepparton crime statistics

The latest crime statistics for Greater Shepparton reveal an increase in the total number of criminal incidents by 3 per cent across all crime categories for the last 12 months to 30 September 2018. Further analysis of the statistics shows crimes against the person and property offences have increased slightly by 1.2 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively. Behaviour offences reducing by 3.1 per cent.

What has driven the overall increase is the charging of offenders involved in breaches of court orders and drug related offences; increasing by 18.9 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. These offences are generally initiated and driven by police investigations and not reports from community victims of crime. These criminal incident investigations can be seen as an investment in the ongoing community safety.

The statistics do reveal that as a community we have much work to do and working together we can make significant community safety improvements. Community safety opportunities exist and they are often as simple as securing a parked motor vehicle. Valuables being left in an unlocked parked vehicle is the key element in over 80 per cent of this high volume property crime in Greater Shepparton.

Local community safety iniatives

Victoria Police are continually using intelligence to conduct operations to address community concerns, with Youth tasking, Criminal Investigation Unit, Shepparton Highway Patrol, Proactive Unit and external stakeholders working together on crime priorities.

Greater Shepparton police have a good working relationships with local safety groups and external providers to support the community around crime prevention initiatives and techniques. Police encourage the community to report crime as it occurs, which helps police to quickly apprehend offenders who are committing crimes in the community, ensuring these people appear before the courts. The community can also provide information via Crime Stoppers.

Our new youth specialist position have been created and filled in our police Division to further assist local police engage with young people, which includes working with other agencies to identify young people vulnerable to criminality and divert them from becoming involved in criminal activities.

Watch a short video about the results of the recent police community engagement in Shepparton:

What’s next for your Community Safety Network

Victoria Police and Department of Justice and Community Safety continue to looking closely at the information gathered from the face-to-face engagement activities and online surveys. This analysis and insights has been fed into the newly formed Greater Shepparton local community safety committee, who have already met twice. Your feedback and ideas are forming part of the project selection process before they oversee the delivery of community safety initiatives in our community. The committee has representatives from a diverse range of community groups.

If you would like to receive further information about the Greater Shepparton CSN project, and you haven’t already; enter your email address into the ‘Stay informed’ section on this page.

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