Community Safety and Emergency Management

The City of South Perth aims to provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable City for both residents and visitors.

The City supports a number of initiatives that are aimed at optimising community safety and building community capacity to respond and recover from emergency situations.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan

Community safety is an issue that the City cannot tackle alone. The City's 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 the delivery of community safety and crime prevention initiatives at a local level. It is designed to be a versatile document that will be adaptable to best meet community safety needs.

The City facilitates a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Group comprising representation from key government agencies and the local community. Members include Kensington Police, PCYC, Curtin University, 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. 

Number plate theft

The City is offering anti-theft screws to residents free of charge as one of the actions of our Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2021. Once tightened using a hand-held screwdriver, the anti-theft screws permanently secure the registration plate to the vehicle preventing removal or theft. The screws are available for collection from the Civic Centre reception during business hours.

Neighbourhood Watch

The City supports Neighbourhood Watch Western Australia in collaboration with the local police. 

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.

Important contacts

Police Assistance: 131 444

Emergency Only: 000

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

Enquire about community safety programs

Emergency Management

Local Emergency Management Arrangements (LEMA) Plan

Local residents, workers and visitors are encouraged to maintain up-to-date knowledge of emergency preparedness so that they can respond appropriately if an emergency situation arises within the community. To assist this process, the City of South Perth Local Emergency Management Arrangements Plan ensures appropriate planning is in place in the event of an emergency or large scale incident.

Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC)

The City of South Perth and the City of Canning facilitate a joint Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) that comprises local government staff and representatives from key agencies involved in emergency management including Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), State Emergency Service (SES), WA Police, St John, Curtin University, Perth Zoo and others. The LEMC meet on a quarterly basis to oversee emergency management planning for the two municipalities.

Emergency Communication

A critical part of managing an emergency is being able to communicate with local residents, businesses, employees and visitors to receive alerts and updates immediately after an incident. The City will disseminate public information messages via its website and social media channels. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date. Also listen to your ABC local radio station for emergency updates, advice and information.

Emergency WA warnings and incidents

To view real time information, alerts and warnings about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, cyclones or hazardous material incidents, visit

Welfare Evacuation Centres

There are five designated local welfare evacuation centres in the City in the event of an emergency.

  1. South Perth Community Hall - Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth
  2. George Burnett Leisure Centre – Cnr Manning Rd and Elderfield Rd, Karawara
  3. Collins Street Centre – Cnr Collins St and Shaftesbury St, South Perth
  4. John McGrath Pavilion – 97 Hensman St, South Perth
  5. Manning Community Centre – 2 Conochie Cres, Manning

The Department for Child Protection Family Services (CPFS) is the support agency responsible for emergency accommodation and the decision to activate a welfare centre will be made by CPFS on the advice of the incident controller.

If you’re worried about your pet in an emergency, there are a number of useful resources on the DFES website.

Emergency Preparedness for your Household

Having an emergency plan is an important step towards preparing your household to survive and cope during an emergency. Preparedness experts recommend that all households have an emergency kit prepared.

Useful Links

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Red Cross Australia

Enquire about emergency management programs