Combating graffiti, property crime and violence will drive the City of Greater Geraldton’s crime prevention plan, which was released this week.
The plan is a joint initiative between the City’s Community Safety Crime Prevention Committee, Mid West Gascoyne police and local agencies, aimed at making Geraldton a safer community to live, work and play.
City Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee chairman Councillor Desmond Brick, said community safety and crime prevention were integral to the needs and expectations of residents throughout the City of Greater Geraldton.
“I believe that a safe and secure community leads to a confidence and social cohesion that allows for individual wellbeing and empowerment as well as social growth and development,” he said.
To combat domestic violence, the City will initiate a plan to coordinate assistance to victims and perpetrators of violence, across participating agencies and departments, with the view of tackling violence with unbiased and culturally appropriate mediation.
Programs to address drug, alcohol and substance abuse and also education campaigns on the harmful effects and fl ow-on anti-social behaviour and violence are also being considered.
Another priority for the prevention plan includes strategies to increase the awareness of prevention programs related to theft and burglary.
A push to address public complacency will be delivered in the hope of reducing potential theft and burglary targets.
Geraldton police officer in charge Sen. Sgt Martin Haime said crime prevention was at the core of all WA police activity.
“To achieve maximum effect, responsibility for crime prevention needs to be shared across agencies, with police activity forming one part of a co-ordinated government response,” he said.
Graffiti is another priority target under the plan.
Programs to decrease the incidence of graffiti and vandalism by encouraging community involvement in urban art and culture is on the City’s radar.
The strategy includes a push to decrease the incidence of hoon driving and burnout marks on roads.