Your community has spoken!

Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula residents completed more than 1700 community safety surveys during June, July and August this year 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 insights to Victoria Police on the V Line trains, at the Geelong Train Station, Lara, Corio and Westfield Shopping Centres, as well as in Port Lonsdale and Queenscliffe, thank you for your involvement.

The survey results reveal that residents of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula believe their community is a safe place, but the community is concerned about burglaries, home invasions, youth anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving and illicit drugs.

Greater Geelong and Queenscliffe crime statistics

The latest crime statistics for Greater Geelong and Queenscliffe LGAs reveal a positive trend across the community with a drop in the number of incidents of theft, burglary/break and enter and assault. In Greater Geelong over the last 12 months, there was an 8.2 per cent drop in incidents of theft, 27.3 per cent drop in burglary/break and enter, incidents of property damage dropped 9.0 per cent, and theft of a motor vehicle dropped by 28 per cent. In Queenscliffe, there was a 7.5 per cent drop in incidents of theft, burglary/break and enter had a 62.2 per cent drop, and assault incidents dropped by 46.2 per cent.

It is worth noting that the large percentage decreases in Queenscliffe are largely due to the small amount of crime occurring there. For example, the 46 per cent drop in assaults was due to a drop from 13 to 7 offences during this period.

Local community safety initiatives

Victoria Police are continually using intelligence to conduct operations to address community concerns, with the Youth Tasking Unit, Criminal Investigation Unit, Geelong Highway Patrol, Community Engagement Unit and external stakeholders working together on crime priorities.

Geelong police have good working relationships with local safety groups and external providers to educate the community around crime prevention 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.

New youth specialist positions have been created in Geelong 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 the Geelong area:

What’s next for your Community Safety Network

As part of the next phase of the Community Safety Network in Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, 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 Geelong and Bellarine local community safety committees, 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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