Connect Up is a program run by Safety Alliance Victoria which aims to educate and connect neighbours in high-rise residential towers, to prevent crime, help residents feel safer and build vertical neighbourhoods.
The program involves police, Neighbourhood Watch and other stakeholders working with owners corporations, councils, body corporates, residents, residents groups and property developers, to prevent crime and build community within the residential tower.
It began as a pilot program which ran across 8 residential towers in the Melbourne CBD and Doncaster between 2021 and 2023.
Since then it has been introduced in a further 2 apartment buildings in the City of Manningham.
If you would like to organise a presentation about Connect Up with your organisation, please email Neighbourhood Watch CEO Bambi Gordon at email@example.com
Safety Alliance Victoria is a partnership between Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch Victoria, Crime Stoppers Victoria, RACV and Federation University.
The Alliance provides a collaborative and innovative approach to crime prevention, specifically aimed at reducing residential burglaries.
A high-rise residential setting presents its own series of challenges and demands when it comes to creating a neighbourhood and preventing crime.
Through a series of surveys, activities and information campaigns, the Connect Up Pilot Program looked at the existing needs and challenges that building managers and residents faced, trialled different approaches and then developed recommendations for how the challenges can be addressed in the future.
The Connect Up pilot program final report contained several key recommendations to help prevent crime in and around residential towers. These included:
We encourage stakeholders to consider replicating the Connect Up project to advance our learnings. Such a program needs:
We also recommend a 3-phase program that includes:
Neighbourhood Watch Victoria acknowledges the 38 mobs, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live, and gather as employees and volunteers. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
At Neighbourhood Watch, we believe everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome. We are committed to ensuring diversity, inclusion and equity are embedded throughout our organisation – in the work we do, the services we deliver and among our staff, volunteers, and the communities we work with.