The Community Safety Network (CSN) project concluded on 30 October 2019. This page contains an overview of the activities delivered as part of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Community Safety Network.
Greater Geelong and Bellarine community safety project
Local police have delivered a number of projects that addressed the feedback received from a resident’s community survey. More than 1700 community safety surveys were completed by residents during 2018 identifying the safety concerns that concerned them.
Their key safety concerns were burglary and break and enter, youth anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving.
About the projects
Geelong Community Safety and Emergency Management Day
On Sunday 13 October 2019, Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong hosted a family-friendly event at the Steampacket Gardens including kids’ activities, live incident response demonstrations and opportunities to meet local emergency services personnel.
How do I report
A ‘How do I report’ project promoted and streamlined ways community can report dangerous driving related issues and other community safety concerns. The ‘How do I report’ information was widely promoted across the Geelong and Bellarine PSA through print media, social media, billboards, and the City of Greater Geelong.
The Free Kick program was a soccer program involving 20 students from North Geelong Secondary School. The program used soccer as a way of developing young people, including school engagement and participation, and encouraging the rapport with police officers.
The Free Kick program will ran from May – October, and participants attended three days a week during school hours for one to two periods across 28 weeks. One weekly school session focused on classroom discussion including community safety rights and responsibilities. The other remaining time included soccer skill training.
The Web of Protection
The Community Web of Protection strengthened community capacity and resistance in the local Afghan community by building a stronger connection to community support agencies and community safety awareness. The project engaged with families to work on their safety issues and solutions.
Community support to reduce harm from burglaries
The Centacare-led project provided practical and emotional support to vulnerable and disadvantaged victims of aggravated and non-aggravated burglaries. For example. repairs to re-secure the property; mental health first aid and counselling; liaison and advocacy to insurance companies and real estate agencies.
As part of this program, special banners were displayed at Neighbourhood Centres and other community venues during Community Safety month throughout October, and other times of the year.
Centacare offered presentations on victim support services to Neighbourhood Watch groups and the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres.
Crime Stoppers 'Consideration is key' campaign
In Greater Geelong Crime Stoppers Victoria asked residents to take action and consider how accessible their car keys are to potential car thieves as a part of the 'Consideration is key' campaign.
The two-week campaign featured on social media, in local newspapers and radio, in advertisement panels on shopping centres as well as with some community engagement activity.
- Keep in touch with your local police and let them know what’s important to you by following the Geelong Eyewatch Facebook page
- Find out more about your local Neighbourhood Watch at nhw.com.au
- Find out more about Crime Stoppers Victoria at crimestoppersvic.com.au
- For crime prevention tips and resources visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
- Find out more about community safety initiatives in Greater Geelong and Queenscliffe on the Community Safety Statement 2019/20 website
- Read the latest crime statistics for Greater Geelong and Queesncliffe by downloading a one-page fact shee from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria