The City of Parramatta recognises crime and safety affects people in different ways. From July to September 2019, Council sought your input to build a safer Parramatta for all and invited your feedback on the Draft Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2023.
While crime rates in Parramatta overall are low, there will always be a need to be proactive and remain vigilant. Working with communities and government bodies, Council is looking to take preventative action against crime in Parramatta.
The Draft Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2023 proposes specific actions for crime prevention and safety measures.
This five-year plan has been informed by an early community consultation, crime profiling in consultation with five local Police Area Commands, and extensive research.
Action on crime and safety will be delivered under four priority areas:
A safer city empowers individuals to thrive in their communities, enjoy public spaces with ease and lead fulfilling lives.
We understand communities in the Local Government Area (LGA) have diverse needs, expectations and experiences around what crime and safety means to them.
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts. Your feedback will help prioritise action against actual and perceived crime rates in the Parramatta area. This will help the City of Parramatta Council coordinate action on crime and safety trends and prevent problems from becoming entrenched. The project team will now be considering all responses and a revised plan will be submitted to Council for endorsement in the coming weeks.
Parramatta’s Crime Profile provides an overview of current and emerging crime and safety trends in the LGA. The profile was informed by consultation with the five Police Area Commands who have jurisdiction within our LGA and review of BOCSAR (Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research). While there is generally a low level of crime in our community, there is always a need to remain vigilant and develop preventative measures against emerging trends and areas of concern.
Parramatta’s Crime Profile indicates that most crimes are either decreasing or have remained stable over the past five years. Crimes such as break and enter, motor vehicle theft and steal from dwelling are decreasing. Assault, domestic violence and sexual offences remain stable.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a crime prevention strategy that focuses on the planning, design and structure of cities and neighbourhoods to reduce opportunities for crime to take place by creating an environment and social conditions which actively discourage crime.
Predatory offenders often make cost versus benefit assessments of potential victims and locations before committing crime. CPTED aims to create the reality (or perception) that the costs of committing the crime are greater than the likely benefits. This is achieved by creating environmental and social conditions that:
· Maximise risk to offenders (increasing the likelihood of detection, challenge and apprehension by police)
· Maximise the effort required to commit crime (increasing the time, energy and resources required to commit crime)
· Reduce or remove factors which could support inappropriate behaviour, make offending appear rewarding, or contribute to offenders being able to benefit from crime.
The five Police Area Commands that look after the various parts of the Local Government Area (LGA) were consulted and crime statistics were obtained from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) to develop an understanding of the crime issues affecting the City of Parramatta.
A review of Council research was generated and community consultation was undertaken. This has ensured that the Plan is aligned with actual trends in the Local Government Area, previous research has been built upon, and community feedback has been incorporated. The next steps require community consideration of the plan and further feedback throughout the public exhibition period.
Your feedback will help Council shape priority areas and prioritise actions. This will affect how crime prevention and safety measures are planned for and implemented across the LGA over a five-year timeline.
The draft plan has been developed through initial research and collaborative work with partners, stakeholders and community groups. Council is now seeking feedback on the draft plan from the wider community, including support for the proposed actions and comments on potential gaps. Council is open to hearing any concerns around the plan, and will consider suggestions from the community for additional actions to be included in the plan.
Research and consultation has revealed that vulnerable groups respond to crime in different ways and have diverse needs and experiences around crime and safety.
Strategic actions in the plan aim to address the needs of vulnerable community members including women, young people, people living with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness and social housing tenants. Some of the actions specifically targeted to these groups include an ongoing commitment to domestic and family violence prevention and support, engaging youth workers to support young people in the CBD and conducting community safety audits to address the needs of diverse groups including women, young people, people experiencing homelessness and people living with disabilities. A complete list of strategic actions can be found in the FULL Plan.
Council recognises that specific actions are required to address concerns around safety at night. The Plan includes initiatives which address these concerns including increasing and upgrading Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in response to crime trends, improving lighting in key public spaces and reviewing alcohol-free zones to evaluate their effectiveness. These actions and others directed at improving night time safety can be viewed in the FULL Plan.
When the feedback period has closed, community suggestions for additional actions may be included in the final strategy and/or incorporated into other crime prevention initiatives.
Following a review of feedback provided by the community on the Draft Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2023, it is expected the project team will submit a final version of the Plan to Council for endorsement.
Once endorsed by Council and the Attorney General's Office, the strategy will be implemented in collaboration with partners and the community over a five-year period.
For more information about this project, please contact the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9806 5050.
Last updated 4 September 2019
Research and consultation to inform Draft Plan
Public exhibition of Draft Plan to invite community feedback
Revised Crime Prevention and Community Safety Plan 2019-2023 to Council for endorsement
Anticipated implementation of actions endorsed in the Plan
Ongoing implementation of the Plan from 2019-2023
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