Staff from almost 30 Victorian councils attended the first meeting of the Municipal Crime Prevention network last month.

Hosted in Melbourne on 20 August, the meeting brought together network members for the first time to share their ideas and insights about crime prevention and countering violent extremism in their communities.

The meeting was formally opened by the Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll, followed by a series of presentations by the Department of Justice and Community Safety outlining the support available to councils for their crime prevention initiatives.

Network members also explored a range of crime prevention and community safety topics in an interactive group session, providing a great opportunity for councils to share their learnings with each other.

The session also encouraged councils to share successful place-based crime prevention initiatives they had been involved in, and advice about working with community to identify and prioritise effective crime prevention solutions. These learnings will help to inform the Victorian Government’s new Crime Prevention Strategy which is currently being developed.

Feedback from members indicated they found the day to be highly useful, and an enjoyable networking opportunity. Topics such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), new and emerging research and perceptions of safety were listed as being of interest for future meetings.

The Community Crime Prevention Unit will now use the feedback to shape the next meeting agenda and delivery of the network meetings moving forward, which includes the establishment of a working group with interested council staff.

The next network meeting will be held in early 2020.

If you would like to join the Municipal Crime Prevention Network and receive an invitation to the next meeting, register on our website (External link).