City of Rockingham rolls out community safety campaign

Mayor Barry Sammels with Rockingham Police Station Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne, Canine Operations Senior Constable Brooke O'Keefe with Police Dogs Henry and Ochi and Mandurah Police Station Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Darren Hart.
Mayor Barry Sammels with Rockingham Police Station Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne, Canine Operations Senior Constable Brooke O'Keefe with Police Dogs Henry and Ochi and Mandurah Police Station Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Darren Hart.

A RANGE of public awareness initiatives are being rolled out across the community as part of the City of Rockingham’s “Are you making it tougher for crooks?” Community Safety Starts With You campaign.

The campaign, which started in December 2017 as a joint operation between the City, local businesses and the WA Police Community Engagement Division, is now more visible after a series of advertisements on Transperth buses and radio commercials.

City of Rockingham 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.

“Common sense 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,” Cr Sammels said.

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