By world standards Perth is a very safe, liveable, vibrant city with a diverse community. As a capital city we work in partnership with many organisations especially the police, a range of government and non-government agencies and the community to ensure the streets and open spaces are safe and accessible to residents, workers and visitors.
The City has many initiatives to address community safety and minimise crime, graffiti and anti-social behaviour as well as improving perceptions of safety.
The Perth SafeCity brochure (see link on right) provides an outline of services and activities. Keep a copy near your phone as it also includes contact numbers for when you require assistance, including Police, Ranger / Security Services and the Surveillance Centre.
You may also be interested in the How are you Travelling? brochure Download pdf
This pocket sized guide provides information on night transport and having a safe night out.
It includes information on public transport and how to obtain help and information. A central city map shows locations of services including public transport, toilets and supervised taxi ranks.
SafeCity Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan
The SafeCity Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2010 – 2013 has been developed following the review of the 2006 – 2009 Plan. This plan is the result of the evaluation of the first SafeCity Plan and has been facilitated by the City of Perth, in partnership with the State Government.
Since 2006 the SafeCity Working Group (consisting of representatives from the City of Perth Council and staff, government departments, WA Police, and community safety and business groups) has supported the implementation of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan. It has guided the development of the 2010 – 2013 Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan, in conjunction with other community input. The new issues and actions that have been identified are supported by agencies represented on the Working Group.
Four priority issues have been identified in the plan and a series of actions have been developed to address these.
1. Lack of activity in the City of Perth outside business hours.
2. Excessive use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
3. Anti-social behaviour.
4. Environments where people feel welcome and safe.
Safety in Our Suburbs TV program
The City of Perth recently featured in a local TV program on Safety in Our Suburbs. The program focuses on the role of Local Government in community safety and crime prevention. View the City of Perth segment which focuses on how it manages large events to ensure they are safe and enjoyable for the whole community.
For safety and crime prevention tips, view the full half hour program below.
Safer Design Guidelines
How we design our built environment has considerable impact on community safety and crime prevention. The City has developed Safer Design Guidelines, using Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles, to encourage crime prevention and community safety principles in all new developments, both public and private.
Learn more about what can be done to the built environment to help keep the community safe at www.perth.wa.gov.au/web/Business/Standards-and-Guidelines/Safer-Design-Guidelines/
The WA Police Community Safety website and Neighbourhood Watch website both have a wide range of resources to assist the community in preventing crime including printed materials on personal safety and property security.
If you have information relating to suspected criminal activity you can report this anonymously on-line or by phone. For more information phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to www.wa.crimestoppers.com.au
Graffiti vandalism is a crime, unsightly and makes people feel unsafe. The Goodbye Graffiti website is dedicated to graffiti vandalism management within Western Australia. It is an online information service to assist the community with graffiti management and reduction strategies.