What Does a Safe Community Look Like?
Our safe community is a:
- Place that is attractive to live, work and visit
- Liveable community, where we can go about our activities without fear or risk of harm or injury
- Happy and connected place, where everyone participates and interacts in community life.
How We Support Community Safety
We all need to work together to build a safe and connected community. We support community safety in many ways and take a leadership role through policy development, urban planning and community facilities, planning and regulation, partnerships and advocacy, community engagement, program and information delivery and emergency management.
Of course, there are some areas that are beyond our remit. (A couple of examples: it’s not our job to investigate crime, or treat injuries. Our friends in the police and health services are much better at that!)
Community Safety Strategy
Our council is represented on regional safety partnership groups. We also coordinate local safety partnerships via the strategic Brimbank Safety Roundtable, and local place-based Safety Working Groups. These groups bring together our team members with other relevant colleagues to collaborate on action towards everyone’s safety.
What Our Community Can Do
There are many ways we can all do to improve safety and wellbeing.
Knowing your neighbours is one of the best ways to improve safety and connection within your community. Knowing each other means we look out for each other. Consider hosting a neighbourhood event, or simply introduce yourself. Check out our Ideas for Hosting a Neighbourhood Event event information sheet.
Consider joining your local Safety Working Group (SWG) to be involved in local initiatives. Each group consists of our team members, Police and community representatives. Recruitment for SWG volunteers is currently underway. For further details or to apply, see the Expression of Interest Form.
Become the ‘eyes and ears’ of your community. Our Reporting an Issue: Contact Guide can help you identify what to report & who to contact.
It's important to always report:
Note: Clamp Down on Hoon Driving includes more information on effectively reporting hoon activity.
Have you ever assessed the safety of your home or business? Check out these resources:
The appearance of private buildings and property affects perceptions of safety. Make sure your property presents well through regular maintenance, cleaning, and litter removal.
We support you to remove graffiti from your private property. For further details, see the Graffiti Removal Assistance Program-Postcard.