Cam­paign to re­duce crime

Southern Telegraph - - Crime -

A cam­paign to educate the com­mu­nity on the best ways to re­duce op­por­tu­ni­ties for crime has reached a new mile­stone, with a range of pub­lic aware­ness ini­tia­tives rolling out across the com­mu­nity.

The City of Rock­ing­ham’s “Are you mak­ing it tougher for crooks? Com­mu­nity Safety Starts With You cam­paign started in De­cem­ber as a joint op­er­a­tion be­tween the City, lo­cal businesses and the WA Po­lice.

Nearly 30 ad­ver­tise­ments are ap­pear­ing on buses run­ning from Man­durah through Rock­ing­ham to Fre­man­tle, and will con­tinue un­til De­cem­ber.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the cam­paign would help educate the com­mu­nity on the best ways to re­duce op­por­tu­ni­ties for crime.

“Re­search shows that most crimes are com­mit­ted be­cause an op­por­tu­nity was cre­ated for an in­di­vid­ual to com­mit a crim­i­nal act,” he said.

“While the ma­jor­ity of mea­sures the com­mu­nity needs to take to pre­vent crime are quite sim­ple, they can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on whether or not crime takes place.

“Com­mon­sense things like lock­ing doors and re­mov­ing all valu­ables from your car are vi­tal to en­sur­ing crooks find it tougher to com­mit crime.

“WA Po­lice work hard to catch crim­i­nals but it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that com­mu­nity safety starts with you.”

Vol­un­teers from the City’s Neigh­bours Unite ini­tia­tive are also con­duct­ing let­ter­box de­liv­er­ies of post­cards that carry im­por­tant tips on crime preven­tion.

“The ap­proach­ing sum­mer pe­riod poses a greater crime risk to home and busi­ness own­ers, so we en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice,” Mr Sam­mels said.

“If the com­mu­nity works to­gether we will all be safer and crim­i­nals will have a much tougher time.”

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