Your community has spoken!

Victoria Police held three pop-up stalls and attended community meetings across the Latrobe Valley in late 2017 to give residents an opportunity to identify the local safety concerns that matter the most to them.

If you completed a survey via engage Victoria, or were part of the 150 residents that shared your insights at Morwell Mid-Valley Plaza, Moe Library, the Traralgon pop up or one of the five community meetings about community safety issues in Latrobe, thank you for your involvement.

A key safety theme for Latrobe residents was to have a stronger connection with their local police. Other themes identified were:

  • drugs impacting the community and youth
  • violent crime
  • burglary and theft from homes.

Latrobe crime statistics and local safety initiatives

The latest crime statistics for Latrobe reveal a positive trend across the region with a drop in the number of incidents of burglary, aggravated burglary and theft of and from motor vehicles. In the last 12 months, there was a 26.3 per cent drop in burglary/break and enter incidents, 25.8 per cent drop in aggravated burglaries and a 44.1 per cent drop in theft from a motor vehicles incidents.

These decreases are welcome, but they in no way diminish the harm and trauma experienced by victims of crime. There is still more that needs to be done. The Community Safety Statement 2018/19, released in April, sets out exactly what is being done to drive down crime, including addressing the local safety themes identified by the Latrobe community.

Police are deploying youth specialist officers across the state to help prevent at-risk young people from falling into a life of crime. Family violence specialists have been allocated to Morwell Division, which includes Latrobe, to address family violence.

What’s next for your Community Safety Network

As part of the next phase of the Community Safety Networks project, Victoria Police and Department of Justice and Community Safety will be looking closely at the information gathered from the face-face engagement activities and online survey and will feed your insights into the Latrobe 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.

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