The Community Crime Prevention Unit is conducting research projects focussed on crime prevention and community safety.

Perceptions of safety and social cohesion

The CCPU has commissioned the University of Sydney to conduct research into the interface between social cohesion and perceptions of safety.

Surveys and focus groups will be conducted in various locations across Victoria in 2019, leading to the development of tools that accurately measure perceptions of safety and social cohesion at the neighbourhood level, as well as support policy makers in achieving better community safety outcomes.

Additional experts from Monash University and the London School of Economics are also involved in this groundbreaking research.

Public Safety CCTV

The CCPU has engaged the Crime Statistics Agency to conduct research into the use of CCTV for public safety in Victoria. Building on a feasibility study conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the research will focus on police operational and investigative use of CCTV.

It is anticipated that the research will be completed by the end of January 2020.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

The CCPU has engaged RMIT University to conduct research into the use of CPTED in Victoria. The project will involve surveys and interviews with police, local government planners, urban designers and architects.

A final report with recommendations for the future role of CPTED in Victoria is due by the end of August 2019.