Keeping our community safe

Community safety influences all aspects of everyday life. From crime prevention, to building personal resilience and maintaining the amenity of our facilities and streets, there are many ways to ensure everyone feels safe within their community.

October is Community Safety Month and to mark the occasion, we are sharing some important information highlighting how we can all work together to keep our community safe.

Crime prevention

Our community’s safety and wellbeing is our priority. Below are some of our top tips for keeping yourself, your family and friends safe:

  • ensure all your doors and windows are deadlocked at home
  • if you have tools in a lockbox in your car or garage, keep them secured so they can’t be stolen or used to gain entry into your home
  • take valuable items such as phones and electronic devices with you when leaving your car
  • lock your car when you are at home and keep your keys somewhere safe away from doors and windows

Connect with Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch to find out more about practical steps you can take to keep your home and property safe by visiting nhw.com.au/boroondara. Alternatively, you can take the ‘How Safe is My Place Quiz’ by visiting howsafeismyplace.com.au.

Graffiti

Graffiti vandalism can affect perceptions of safety in the community.

We are responsible for removing graffiti from Council property, and aim to remove it within 24 business hours of being notified. If you see graffiti on Council buildings and signs, street furnishings, public toilets, parks, reserves, playgrounds and fire hydrants, we encourage you to report it using our online Report an Issue form, calling 9278 4444 or using the Snap Send Solve app (free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store).

Graffiti vandalism can affect perceptions of safety in the community.

If your private residential or commercial property has been damaged by graffiti, you should report it to the police, ideally with a photo.

We can also help you by providing:

  • a voucher for up to four litres of free paint to cover graffiti on painted surfaces, or
  • a free biodegradable graffiti removal kit for non-painted surfaces.

To request the kit or paint voucher, contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 9278 4444.

For more information, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/graffiti-removal.

Family violence

Family violence covers a range of behaviours committed by a person against a family member. While physical violence may be the most visible form, other forms of family violence like controlling behaviours and stalking, as well as verbal and emotional abuse, can be equally as harmful.

Women and children are most commonly the victims of family violence.

For more information, support and translated materials about family violence, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/family-violence.

Looking after each other and ourselves has never been more important, and there are many ways to do so.

Mental health

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Looking after each other and ourselves has never been more important, and there are many ways to do so.

You can find local counselling and mental health services, drug and alcohol support services, support for CALD community groups and other national helplines by visiting www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/mental-health-services.