Your community has spoken!
A community safety workshop was held in Whittlesea in late 2017 with residents identifying the local safety concerns that matter the most to them.
If you completed a survey via engage Victoria, or were one of the 60 residents that shared your insights at the community forum in Whittlesea, thank you for your involvement.
A key safety theme for Whittlesea residents was to have a stronger connection with their local police. Other themes identified were:
- burglary and theft
- violence against women
- alcohol and drug issues amongst youth.
Whittlesea crime statistics and local safety initiatives
The latest crime statistics for Whittlesea reveal a positive trend across the community with a drop in the number of incidents of burglary, aggravated burglary and theft of and from motor vehicles. In the past 12 months, there was a 45.1 percent drop in theft of motor vehicles and a 28.5 percent drop in the number of burglary/break and enter incidents. Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency played an important role at the Whittlesea forum talking to people about the crime statistics in their community and are a key partner in this project.
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 Whittlesea community.
Police are deploying youth specialist officers across the state to help prevent at-risk young people from falling into a life of crime. In addition to the new Mernda police station, more frontline police, Crime Investigation Unit officers and family violence specialists have been allocated to Diamond Creek Division, which includes Whittlesea, to deal with burglaries, thefts, drugs and 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 forum and online survey and will feed your insights into the Whittlesea 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 the Whittlesea project, enter your email address into the ‘Stay informed’ section on this page.
Find out more
- Keep in touch with your local police and let them know what’s important to you by following the Whittlesea Eyewatch Facebook page.
- Find out more about community safety initiatives in Whittlesea on the Community Safety Statement 2018/19 website.
- Visit the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria website for more information about the latest crime statistics for Whittlesea.
- Fine out more about your local Neighbourhood Watch at nhw.com.au
- For crime prevention tips and resources visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au