Burglaries and road safety top concerns in City of Melville crime survey

Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Robert Willis, Murdoch Police Station Constable Courtney Roberts and CSS Officer Richard Burgin.
Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Robert Willis, Murdoch Police Station Constable Courtney Roberts and CSS Officer Richard Burgin.

BURGLARIES and road safety have emerged as the top concerns in the City of Melville’s recent community safety and crime prevention survey.

While respondents to the February survey identified the City as a safe place to live, work and study, 44 per cent said they wanted local authorities to focus on burglaries with 19 per cent singling out traffic and road safety as an issue that requires attention.

The survey was carried out to gather data that will be used to update the Safer Melville Plan, the latest version of which is slated for completion in August.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the community’s involvement was essential in determining the priorities for the revised plan.

“Thanks to our actively engaged citizens who completed the survey we have been able to identify the key areas of concern and can now focus on these as we continue to create an even safer Melville,” he said.

“While overall residents feel safe and secure; residential burglary, theft, anti-social behaviour and road safety have been flagged as top priorities.

“The City-wide data collection has provided valuable insights of issues at a neighbourhood level, and will help the City and local authorities to better target safety initiatives and crime prevention, including that of the Community Safety Service (CSS).”

To view a full summary of results visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/safermelville.

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