Crime & Safety

Council has a role to play in making our community a safer place. There are a number of programs Council is involved in to increase public safety and awareness in Liverpool by equipping people with a greater knowledge and understanding of safe practices and crime prevention.

Together, all of these initiatives make significant inroads to addressing safety concerns in the Mall and creating opportunities for quality urban living in the heart of South West Sydney.

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To report crime to the local police phone the non-emergencies line - 131 444.


COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION

Local government has increasingly been called upon to take an active role in preventing crime in its local area. While the NSW Police has the primary responsibility for law enforcement, Council plays an active role in the community and neighbourhoods through our community safety and crime prevention strategies. All stakeholders play an active role in making the community safer and preventing crime at the local level.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy 2013 - 2017

Council endorsed the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy 2013 - 2017 in July 2013. The plan was developed through extensive consultation with Liverpool and Green Valley Police, and the local community and businesses. Crime data was also analysed from Liverpool and Green Valley Police as well as from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). The plan encourages collaborative approaches to make the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA) a safer place in which to live, work and visit.

To download the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy 2013 – 2017 click here

Liverpool Crime Prevention Plan 2014 – 2016

The Liverpool Crime Prevention Plan 2014 – 2016 adopted by Council on 2 December 2013 and submitted to the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice for their endorsement as a Safer Community Compact. Please click here to view the Plan.

For more information about the Plan, contact the Community Development Worker (Community Safety) on 9821 7793 or email k.rahman@liverpool.nsw.gov.au

Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Working Group

The Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Working Group was established in 2010 to implement, monitor and evaluate the projects and programs identified in the Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy and the Liverpool Crime Prevention Plan for NSW Attorney General and Justice. The Working Group aims to improve community safety and reduce crime in the Liverpool local government area by adopting a collaborative approach to tackling crime and safety issues.

To know more or to join the Working Group please contact the, Community Development Worker (Community Safety) on 9821 7793 or email k.rahman@liverpool.nsw.gov.au


Responsible Use of Alcohol Digital Art project

Young people from local high schools and youth centres produced six short films and posters through the Responsible Use of Alcohol Digital Art Project. The project focused on early intervention with young people, who were involved in researching, discussing and creating a community awareness and education campaign. They produced media material that appealed to them, fostering ownership and greater awareness about the responsible use of alcohol. These short films and posters highlight the health, social and legal ramifications related to excessive alcohol consumption. Through this project local young people gained skills in film making and editing as well as use of digital art technology.

This project was funded by the Liverpool Catholic Club through the ClubGRANTS Scheme and the project workshops were delivered in partnership with CuriousWorks.

Short Films

To view the short films please click the images below.

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Graffiti

Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Police want residents to help them clean up graffiti in the community.

Ever year valuable council resources have been spent on removing thousands of square metres of graffiti from across the local government area. Cleaning up graffiti utilises valuable resources and funding that could be used to benefit the community.

The best thing that business owners and home-owners can do is to clean new graffiti from their premises within 24 hours. Graffiti vandals want to see their tag on display, so immediate and constant clean up is a real deterrent.

The whole community can act to prevent graffiti vandalism by taking simple preventative measures including:

  • Parents keeping an eye on their children's schoolbags - if you see a tag sprayed or painted on the bag or tags drawn in exercise books, take this as a warning that your children could be spraying graffiti and take action to ensure that your child does not become a graffiti vandal
  • Shop owners and employees being vigilant and remembering that it's an offence to sell spray paint to children under the age of 18. All spray paint should be stored on high shelves out of the reach of minors
  • Helping us keep our community clean by saying no to graffiti

If you see graffiti vandalism in progress, call Liverpool Police on 9821 8444 immediately.

For more information visit the NSW Government's Graffiti website.


Graffiti Management Strategy 2012-2015

Graffiti is a major issues impacting on public and private property across the state of NSW, including Liverpool.

Council has delivered a Graffiti Managment Strategy since 2007. The Strategy was developed after extensive research and internal consultation conducted by Council staff. The evaluation of the first strategy was presented to Council in July 2009.

The first Graffiti Management Strategy was produced in August 2007 after extensive research and internal consultation conducted by Council staff. The evaluation of the first strategy was presented to Council in July 2009.

The current Graffiti Management Strategy 2012-2015 was produced following further research on current graffiti related issues and best practice in local government.

To download, the Graffiti Management Strategy 2012-2015, click here.

Graffiti Management Fact Sheet

In 2007, the Graffiti Management Fact Sheet was developed and distributed widely to create awareness within the community. It was updated in October 2009. The Fact Sheet gives an overview of graffiti, how to report graffiti and police contact details.

To download, please click on Graffiti Fact Sheet.


COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER

The Community Safety Officer provides a direct link between Council, the community and Liverpool Police. This position is the result of Council listening to the community and recognising that a more proactive approach to community safety and crime prevention was required in Liverpool.

For further information, please contact Kamrun Rahman, Council's Community Development Worker (Community Safety) on 9821 7793 or email k.rahman@liverpool.nsw.gov.au


SAFER BY DESIGN

Good urban and environmental planning directly contributes to a safer community. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a crime prevention strategy that focuses on the design, planning and structure of cities and neighbourhoods. Council encourages developers to consider safer by design principles when undertaking developments. A Fact Sheet and Guidelines have been developed to assisted relevant Council departments and developers with considering crime prevention and safety issues when planning and designing neighbourhoods or developments.

The Safer By Design Fact Sheet can be downloaded here

The Safer By Design Guidelines can be downloaded here


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is the local community and police working together to:

  • Establish a safer environment by reducing violence, crime and fear
  • Build a safer community
  • Prevent crime that affects you
  • Enhance effective communication
  • Develop community spirit

Why should I get involved?

Neighbourhood Watch is working towrds a safer community attitude within your area. It will help:

  • Reduce crime in your local area
  • Improve communication between yourself, police and your community
  • Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension
  • Encourage the reporting of crime and suspicious activity to the police
  • Improve the quality of information provided to police
  • Assist police to improve and maintain the level of personal safety and household secuirty within your local area

How do I get involved?

You can talk to the Crime Prevention Officer at your local police station. Liverpool has two Crime Prevention Officers based at Liverpool and Green Valley Local Area Commands.

Liverpool Local Area Command covers the following areas:

* Casula * Hammondville * Liverpool * Prestons
* Chipping Norton * Holsworthy * Lurnea * Voyager Point
* Denham Court * Ingleburn * Moorebank * Warwick Farm
* Edmondson Park * Leppington * Pleasure Point * Wattle Grove

Green Valley Local Area Command covers the following areas:

* Ashcroft * Cecil Hills * Horningsea Park * Prestons
* Austral * Cecil Park * Hoxton Park * Rossmore
* Badgery's Creek * Green Valley * Kemps Creek * Sadleir
* Bringelly * Greendale * Luddenham * Wallacia
* Busby * Heckenberg * Middleton Grange * West Hoxton
* Cartwright * Hinchinbrook * Miller  

What is the role of the Crime Prevention Officer?

Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) work closely with other government agencies, welfare, business and community sectors atthe local level to plan and find solutions to tackle crime and safety issues in the community.

CPO duties include:

  • Conducting safety audits
  • Implementing crime prevention projects
  • Liaising with local schools and councils
  • Establish Community Safety Precinct Committees
  • Promote awareness and understanding of community safety and crime prevetion messages to community groups
  • Participate in Local Government crime prevmtion planning activities
  • Support victims of crime by conducting security and safety assessments and suggest treatments to reduce repeat victimisation

All local area commands have a CPO working closely with the community. Residents are encouraged to make contact with their local CPO to help establish safer neighbourhoods.

For further information you can contact Constable Mathew Bonomo at Liverpool LAC on 9821 8444 or Constable Francisco Retamarlis at Green Valley LAC on 9607 1799.

More information

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CAR SECURITY

Liverpool City Council delivered a Car Security Project in 2010-2011 with the local police and community to raise awareness among residents about the offence of Steal from Motor Vehicle in the Liverpool Government Area.

Steal from Motor Vehicle is a serious offence within the Liverpool LGA, which can have an adverse impact on the local community.

In 2007, there were 1,850 Steal from Motor Vehicle offences reported to local police in Liverpool. Local Police have indicated that a majority ofSteal from Motor Vehicle offences occurred within the crime hotspots of Liverpool CBD, Green Valley, Casula Mall and Warwick Farm, with most of the crimes occurring Thursday and Friday between 12pm - 6pm.

For more detailed information and statistics, you may wish to download the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2009-2012 and the Liverpool Crime Prevention Strategy (2009-2012).

Liverpool City Council has identified Steal from Motor Vehicle offences as an issue and delivered a range of activities to improve the safety and wellbeing of the Liverpool community. The following activities were implemented as part of this project:

  • Safety and security audits were undertaken at various crime hotspots to determine the appropriate action to decrease opportunities for crime
  • Various signs, lights and fences to prevent opportunities for crime were installed and repaired
  • Safety activities and information stalls to create awareness of Steal from Motor Vehicle offences were delivered
  • Green Valley and Liverpool Police Commands were engaged as project partners
  • Awareness was raised among local groups to increase their understanding of Steal from Motor Vehicle offences

Minimise the Risks

The following are ways in which you could minimise the risk of items being stolen from your motor vehicle:

  • Don't leave valuables and personal items in your car
  • Make sure all windows are closed and doors are locked, even when in garages
  • Keep all valuables out of sight
  • Park safely and try to park where your car is in a well lit place and visible to pedestrians
  • Keep your keys safe
  • Use a steering wheel lock
  • Install an electric alarm
  • Install an engine immobiliser

For more information, contact Kamrun Rahman, Community Development Worker (Community Safety) on 9821 7793 or emailk.rahman@liverpool.nsw.gov.au


operation bounce back

Since 2007, Council has successfully secured funding from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) to implement Operation Bounce Back (OBB) in Liverpool.

According to the NMVTRC, each year one in every 120 Australian households is a victim of motor vehicle theft and it's often older vehicles, not new ones.

Commonly targeted vehicles are:

  • Holden Commodore (1989–1999)
  • Ford Falcon (1985–1998)
  • Ford Laser (1994–2000)
  • Hyundai Excel (1987–1992)

Immobilisers are the most effective vehicle security devices currently available. Operation Bounce Back enables Council to distribute 100 free immobilisers. Council has also implemented activities to raise awareness about motor vehicle theft prevention and the benefits of motor vehicle security.

For more information please go to the Carsafe website at www.carsafe.com.au

Click here for FREE CAR IMMOBILISER APPLICATION FORM

Past community safety and crime prevention initiatives as part of Operation Bounce Back in Liverpool include:

  • Distributed a total of 500 free car immobiliser vouchers to local residents between 2007 and 2012
  • Community Safety and Crime Prevention Workshops and Information Sessions were delivered in partnership with local community groups, businesses, government and non-government agencies and Liverpool and Green Valley Local Area Commands. There were between 30 to 65 people who attended each session
  • Liverpool Safety Expo was held at the Valley Plaza in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and at Macquarie Mall in 2012. More than 1,000 people attended each event. The Safety Expos were organised by Council and the Liverpool and Green Valley Local Area Commands, with support from The Valley Plaza and Westfield. The aim of the expos were to create awareness about crime prevention and community safety through education, and to provide an opportunity for residents to learn practical safety skills. Several emergency and safety services attended including NSW Police, NSW Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Services, NRMA, St John Ambulance and the Ambulance Services of NSW.

    The success of the Safety Expos were based on the positive partnership between Council, Police, emergency services, local business, schools, government and non government agencies.

To find out more about Operation Bounce Back activities, please contact Council's Community Development Worker (Community Safety) on 9821 7793 or email k.rahman@liverpool.nsw.gov.au


Illegal advertising

Liverpool City Council wants to keep our local government area clean, safe and free from environmental pollution of all kinds.

At Council, we know how important advertising is for businesses and we encourage our business partners to advertise in a responsible, legal manner.

The regulations which govern advertising signs and A-frames connected to businesses have not been adhered to by a small number of householders and business operators in the local government area.

A-frames are commonly placed in dangerous positions on footpaths where older residents can trip over or walk into them or they can be blown into oncoming traffic, contributing to accidents.

In light of this, Council has decided to gradually phase in new regulations to keep Liverpool clean and get rid of the unsightly litter caused by illegal advertising.

From the start of October 2006, Council officers and rangers will be targeting illegal advertising in the local government area.

Illegal advertising is:

  • Advertisements placed on utility poles or walls of buildings
  • A-frames outside businesses
  • Ads on private property or vacant land that are erected without Council permission.

Council will continue to remove ads placed on utility poles and hand back A-frames to business owners.

Warnings will be issued to businesses and owners who do not comply with the regulations. If the breach of the regulations continues, fines of up to $401 may be issued for each offence.

Real estate agent pointer signs and advertising as well as cars left for sale in public spaces will be targeted.

Hotspots in the local government area will also be targeted, starting with Newbridge Road, the Hume Highway and Hoxton Park Road.

Council urges the community to get behind Liverpool City Council and help us make Liverpool a pleasant, visual pollution free zone.



Policy for Waste Placed in a Public Place

Liverpool City Council has adopted a Policy for Waste Placed in a Public Place, which will result in significantly cleaner streets in the Liverpool City Centre and address public health and environmental standard issues.

The policy is an enforceable standard for controlling waste stored in a public place that is generated from commercial premises.

Council developed the policy to address the increased prevalence of vermin, overflowing rubbish from waste receptacles, illegal dumping, general pollution and odours in Council's laneways, serviceways, streets and footpaths.

Council actively embarked on a vermin eradication program for several years in the Liverpool City Centre. Whilst this program has reduced vermin numbers, the policy targets the source of the problem that attracts vermin in the City Centre.

The policy seeks to make the waste generator accountable and take ownership of their waste when placed in a public place for collection.

In addition, it is envisaged that the policy will promote, enhance and educate business proprietors on acceptable public health and environmental standards through appropriate waste management practices.

Key elements of the policy include:

  • Standardising the size of the waste receptacle – 240 litres with a permanently fixed, tightly fitted lid, a smooth internal and external washable surface
  • Mandatory locking of receptacles whilst left in a public place
  • Clear identification of the waste generator on the receptacle
  • Limiting the times the waste receptacle is permitted to be placed in a public place
  • Utilising enforcement powers under the Local Government Act, 1993

The policy will reduce potential obstructions and dangers to pedestrians and traffic. Overall, it will improve public safety by improving public health and community well-being.


Know how to keep kids safe around windows?

Each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia. Many suffer serious injuries. Sometimes these falls are fatal.

NSW Fair Trading has two great new YouTube videos on child window safety, presented by DIY guru and TV personality Rob Palmer. These bite-sized videos deliver a simple yet vital message – window locks could save your child's life and can be easy and cheap to install!

Watch Window locks save lives and How to install window locks YouTube today.

To view the Youtube videos please click on the images below.

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These videos are essential viewing for all parents and grandparents. They provide:

  • simple tips on how to prevent falls from windows and balconies in your home
  • easy step-by-step instruction on how to install window locks, and more.

Remember, don't be fooled by fly screens – they are not strong enough to stop your child falling out of an open window. Toddlers aged between 2 and 4 are most at risk of window falls because they're top heavy and are too young to judge potential danger.

For more handy tips on keeping your kids safe around windows and balconies including a brochure, checklist and product guide, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au

Did you know proposed new laws were announced by NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts on 18 Sep 2013 aimed at preventing children falling from windows? They would introduce requirements for owners corporations in strata buildings to install safety devices on all common property windows above the ground floor. For more details, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au