Your community has spoken!
Knox residents completed more than 763 community safety surveys in July, 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 Knox Shopping Centre, or one of the many locations in Boronia, Rowville Knox, Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully, Bayswater, Wantirna, Boronia or The Basin, thank you for your involvement.
We heard what you had to say about safety in Knox. You told us that you were concerned about drug related violence, violent crime, anti-social behaviour of young people as well as dangerous driving.
Knox Community safety projects
Based on the community engagement findings, a number of community safety projects are being delivered in Knox that address the insights residents provided about community safety in Knox.
Night Owls Hoops for Youth – Six social inclusion basketball sessions were held in May and June 2019 to support vulnerable young people. ‘Hoops for Youth’ is a community-based activity program that provides vulnerable and at-risk youth the opportunity to socialise, exercise, establish relationships, share healthy meals, access services and network with police and youth workers.
Knox Youth Symposium was held on 25 June 2019. The student-led day identified issues impacting on young people studying in the Knox area. Throughout the day students, police and teachers worked together to establish plans to address the drivers of crime and how to remedy these issues based on the students’ input.
Tradies Brekky with Cops at Swinburne University Wantirna Campus provided young people doing a trade apprenticeship with information and strategies to reduce crime. Five sessions were held from May 2019 to August 2019 with presentations about road safety and cars, property and tool theft, respectful relationships, drugs and alcohol and developing a ‘Tradies Code’ for standards of behaviour as tradespeople.
The Aboriginal Youth & Police Interactive Educational Tours held in July and August 2019 involves tours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, police members and teachers from local schools in the City of Knox. The project aims to reduce the representation of Aboriginal youth in the Criminal Justice System and introduce opportunities for career pathways towards becoming a police officer should any of the students show an interest in pursuing it as a career.
Crime Stoppers 'Dob in a Dealer' campaign
In Knox Crime Stoppers Victoria is delivering the 'Dob in a Dealer' campaign to help stop the supply chain of illicit drugs.
Crime Stoppers Victoria asks the residents to support the community by reporting any suspicious drug dealing behaviour confidentially to 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
The two-week campaign will run from 16 September 2019 and feature on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centres and through community engagement activity.
Find out more
- Find out about your local policing priorities by speaking to one of your local police officers, either at a station or when they're out in the community.
- Keep in touch with your local police and let them know what’s important to you by following the Knox Eyewatch Facebook page
- Find out more about your local Neighbourhood Watch at nhw.com.au
- For crime prevention tips and resources visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
- Read the latest crime statistics for Knox by downloading a one-page fact sheet from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria.