Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan

Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan

The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan was adopted by Council on 27 July 2021 and sets out a commitment to work collaboratively towards an even safer and more connected community.

The aim of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan is to guide initiatives that reduce the incidences of criminal opportunities and enhance community safety and lifestyle.

The plan sets out four priority areas to guide the implementation of actions for the next five years.  

Priority 1: Safer Places and Spaces – planning and designing of places to prevent crime and enhance public safety.

  • Reduce opportunities for crime and injury through urban and environmental design
  • Investigate opportunities to improve lighting on Shire infrastructure
  • Increase public health within the community
  • Increase internal capacity of community safety awareness

Priority 2: Community Education and Awareness – increase community knowledge through education and awareness to help reduce opportunities for crime and injury.

  • Encourage neighbourhood and community connectivity
  • Encourage community engagement and capacity
  • Improve the Shire’s online community safety and crime prevention presence
  • Raise awareness of road safety
  • Raise awareness of water safety

Priority 3: Building Partnerships and Participation – forming stronger partnerships with stakeholders to increase community participation and create safe, resilient communities.

  • Increase safety awareness and participation with children and young people
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with WA Police
  • Increase stakeholder partnerships and engagement

Priority 4: Emergency Management – managing risks to the community and environment. 

  • Improve emergency readiness and education

In addition, the plan highlights five key priority projects which are to: 

  1. Develop and implement a strategy to ensure appropriately located CCTV is in place at community facilities and Shire venues;
  2. Develop and implement a Public Health Plan to influence the health and well-being of the community;
  3. Promote safety engagement pop-ups at shopping centres and other locations in partnership with WA Police and service providers;
  4. Develop and promote biennial Community Safety and Crime Prevention survey to residents; and 
  5. Establish annual information sessions on fire preparedness and responsibilities with the Community Emergency Services Manager and Rangers.

    The Shire of Harvey is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors alike.

    If you require assistance please refer to the following:

    • For life threatening situations call 000
    • For Police assistance call 131 444
    • To anonymously report suspicious behaviour and crime, contact Crime Stoppers WA