The City of South Perth aims to provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable City for both residents and visitors. The City believes that the fear and likelihood of crime is reduced through strengthening communities and improving neighbourly relations. The City supports a number of initiatives that reduce the fear of crime and increase community safety.
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan
Community safety is an issue that the City cannot tackle alone. Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2021 (CSCPP) is underpinned by a community development approach that seeks to build social cohesion and community connections to enhance the community’s sense of safety.
The aim of the CSCPP is to guide community safety and crime prevention initiatives in partnership with key government agencies and the local community. It is designed to be a versatile document that will be adaptable to cater for the community’s safety needs over the next three years.
The following five principles will guide the implementation of the CSCPP:
Evidence based decision making
The City’s safety initiatives are supported by evidence to ensure the strategies and actions adopted make the best use of available resources and are appropriate to local safety needs and priorities.
Strengthening community and partnerships
Community safety and crime prevention initiatives are focused on building and strengthening the capacity and resilience of the local community. The City values its key stakeholders and community’s input to the development of safety initiatives and planning relevant to stakeholder’s needs and capacities.
Integrated and coordinated proactive approach
Community safety and crime prevention initiatives proactively respond, as part of an integrated, collaborative and
problem solving approach to current and future issues of community safety and crime prevention.
Monitoring and evaluation
The City will monitor and evaluate initiatives to ensure early detection and management of arising safety issues, and
to ensure desired outcomes of initiatives are achieved.
The CSCPP will focus on the delivery of actions through five priority areas:
- Home safety
- Antisocial behaviour
- Theft of possessions from motor vehicles
- Places and spaces
- Road safety.
The City supports Neighbourhood Watch WA (NHW) in collaboration with the local police.
Community Safety Group
The City has formed a Community Safety Group with representation from key stakeholders within the South Perth community including Kensington Police, PCYC, Perth Zoo, Waterford Plaza and other key partners to ensure community safety has a well-rounded approach and to carry out a number of community safety initiatives and projects.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is a proven crime prevention approach to reduce opportunities for crime. The concept is to design or modify your home in ways that reduce or prevent the incidence of crimes and improve quality of life for residents.
Residents can apply these principles with the help of the following checklist:
- Are trees and shrubs on your property trimmed to allow a clear view of your house from the street?
- Are your front boundary fences low enough to allow unobstructed views of your house or not solid and able to see through?
- Do you have working sensor lights on the exterior of your home?
- Do you always lock your doors and windows?
- Do you lock entry and exist points whilst you are present at your property e.g. front door locked while you are in the back garden?
- Are gates kept locked when not in use?
- Are bins secured to prevent them being used as climbing aids?
- Do you have security screens on doors and windows?
- Police Assistance: 131 444
- Emergency Only: 000
- Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000