A large-scale research study has been conducted to better understand perceptions of crime and safety in Victoria and to develop a survey tool for local government to measure and respond to perceptions in their own communities. 

Almost 3000 Victorians across 70 communities were interviewed for the study which was led by the University of Sydney, Monash University and the London School of Economics in 2019.  

The findings revealed that frequent and intense worry about crime was not widespread in Victoria, and that the most effective way to reduce worry about crime in a broader community is through pro-social activities that encourage community cohesion and connectedness. 

The survey tool used in the research is available for local councils and others to use to measure perceptions of crime and safety. To assist Local councils who are interested in using the tool, a number of survey tool principles and tips have been developed with the lead researchers to assist with flexible but robust use of the survey tool.    

If you are interested in using the survey tool please contact the Community Crime Prevention Unit to discuss the methodology that will best suit your needs. Contact the unit by emailing: communitycrimeprevention@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) 

This research was commissioned by the Community Crime Prevention Unit at the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Read the full report on the University of Sydney website (External link)