What is Community Safety Month?
Community Safety Month is an opportunity for you to get involved with safety issues in your local area. You can do this by organising a safety activity, by volunteering to assist in an activity, or simply by attending local safety events.
Local community groups, schools, councils, businesses, government agencies and departments - in fact anyone can undertake activities that contribute to reducing crime, violence, injury and emergency in Victoria.
What's happening during Community Safety Month?
Many activities take place during Community Safety Month, please visit the Calendar page to keep up to date with activities held across the state.
How can I get involved in Community Safety Month?
Getting involved in Community Safety Month is easy. You can organise a safety activity, volunteer to assist in an activity, or simply attend local safety events.
If you are organising an event, you should think about forming a partnership with other organisations and groups in your local area to organise activities that address mutual safety concerns. This is a way of sharing the resources and spreading your safety message to a wider audience.
Why should I get involved?
A significant number of crimes, violence, emergencies and injuries in our community are preventable.
By undertaking an activity during Community Safety Month, you are helping to promote safety and safe practices to people in your group, organisation, workplace or community, and increasing their confidence about safety.
Through being involved in Community Safety Month, you will:
" help raise awareness of safety issues
" improve safe practices in Victoria
" highlight existing programs or new programs with a safety focus, which will benefit your local community.
What are some examples of activities that I can organise? Can I run the same activity as last year?
Some good ideas for activities you can do are:
" promote Community Safety Month in your organisation's newsletters and on your website
" organise a community forum or seminar on a community safety topic of your choice
" run competitions with a safety theme in your local newspaper or organisation's newsletter
" undertake safety audits of local areas - home, business or shopping centre
" prepare a safety display for your local shopping centre
" launch safety projects and campaigns in your area
" run practical workshops on safety, e.g. a self-defence seminar
" work with other local organisations to jointly promote community safety
" involve local celebrities or well-known social figures to endorse your event and/or message
" create an Open Day-style event, enticing the public to get an "inside look" at the safety measures you have in place.
Repeating activities messages is one of the best ways to reinforce the safety message and ensure that the message gets out to a wide audience.
If you think that there is interest and a need to promote the safety area then we would strongly encourage you to do the same activity again.
Can my organisation be involved if it does not have the resources to organise an activity?
Yes, absolutely. If you do not have the resources to organise an activity on your own, seek to form a partnership with other local organisations such as your local council, community health centre, Neighbourhood Watch group, police station, or Local Safety Committee.
You can also volunteer or sponsor an event, and one of the best ways of helping spread the safety message is to organise your friends and family to attend an event.
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