Your community has spoken!

Greater Dandenong residents completed more than 550 community safety surveys in August and September 2018 to help identify the local safety concerns that matter the most to them.

If you completed an online survey via Engage Victoria, or were part of the many residents that shared your insights to Victoria Police at Springvale Snow Fest, Dandenong Plaza and Market, train stations and libraries – thank you for your involvement.

We heard what you had to say about safety in Greater Dandenong. You told us that your key concerns are burglary/break and enter, illicit drugs and public safety at night. To help address these concerns, you wanted to see an increase in police presence, education programs and better public assets like Closed Circuit TV (CCTV).

Latest crime statistics

Read the latest crime statistics for Greater Dandenong by downloading a one-page fact sheet from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria.

Local community safety initiatives

Local police in the Greater Dandenong Police Service Area have also been working on several proactive initiatives, one of which includes the trial of the Embedded Youth Outreach Project (EYOP). This involves specialist youth workers from Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and a police officer operating every night responding to incidents involving young people.

They work collaboratively to identify services to help young people tackle issues which may include breakdowns in family relationships, alcohol or drug abuse, unemployment, mental health issues or disengagement from school.

This project also assists in strengthening the existing efforts of Victoria Police Youth Resource and Specialist Officers, who proactively engage with at-risk young people on a regular basis.

Watch a short video about the results of the recent police community engagement in Greater Dandenong which identified your local safety concerns:

What’s next for your Community Safety Network

As part of the next phase of the Community Safety Network in Greater Dandenong, Victoria Police and Department of Justice and Community Safety will be looking closely at the information gathered from the face-to-face engagement activities and online surveys and will feed these insights into the Greater Dandenong local community safety committee, who will oversee the delivery of community safety initiatives in your community.

This information may also be used to help inform local operational policing priorities as well as community safety and crime prevention activities overseen by project partners, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.

If you would like to receive further information about thereafter Greater Dandenong project, enter your email address into the ‘Stay informed’ section on this page.

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