Objectives and Strategies
- Minimise the incidence of preventable crime.
- Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension.
- Reduce the fear of crime.
- Increase the reporting of crime and suspicious behaviour.
- Improve the degree of personal and household security through education.
- Expand the program's involvement in wider community safety and crime prevention initiatives.
- Operation Identification: The systematic marking of valuable household items with their driver's license number preceded by the letter "V" for Victoria. Items which are marked and can be identified become a much less inviting target for thieves. Smaller items such as jewellery or items which cannot be marked should be photographed alongside a ruler or coin to indicate the size.
- Keeping residents informed: Providing information of the incidence of crime in their area on a regular basis through newsletters and advising how to effectively identify suspicious people and activity and report same.
- Increasing residents' awareness and knowledge: Informing residents of practical personal and household security enables them to best secure their homes and increase their personal safety.
- Sign posting areas: Displaying Neighbourhood Watch signs and material operates as a visible deterrent to criminal activity by identifying a particular area as having active Neighbourhood Watch participants.