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The City of Armadale has long recognised the value of working collaboratively to prevent crime and enhance community safety.
The City acknowledges that matters of law and order cannot be solely the responsibility of the Police and state agencies. The community and its local government can take a complementary role within defined constraints to help make our district a safer place.
The City is involved in a number of safety and crime prevention initiatives including:
The City of Armadale has installed 27 fixed and Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras throughout Jull Street, Memorial Park and the City's Administration block. The CCTV will:
- Detect and deter crime
- Reduce the fear of crime
- Provide the ongoing security infrastructure to support the development of the Armadale City Centre.
All incidents should be reported to the Armadale Police, who in turn will request footage from the City of Armadale.
The system is linked to the Armadale Police Station and registered with Blue Iris (Ext.).
The City manages graffiti through a multi-strategy approach and takes the following steps to help reduce graffiti:
- All staff proactively report graffiti.
- Ensures rapid removal of graffiti from City of Armadale facilities.
- Provides information and support for graffiti prevention and removal.
- Encourages residents and developers to apply anti-graffiti coatings and to consider different styles of fencing or installation of shrubs and creepers, which deter graffiti.
- Engenders community awareness, ownership and responsibility.
- Works directly with Police to ensure a coordinated approach to identifying and catching graffiti vandals.
The City of Armadale removes graffiti from its own properties and assets. Such assets include, City owned properties, boundary fences or walls facing onto ovals, parks, public access ways and open public space, park furniture and playground equipment, City signage, rubbish bins, lighting columns, bus shelters and bus stops.
Graffiti removal from private residential and/or private commercial property is the responsibility of the property owner and/or manager.
A volunteer community group called the Civic Pride Action Group remove graffiti free of charge from private properties and small locally owned businesses within the City if Armadale. To request their services contact 9394 5000.
To Report Graffiti
In order to report graffiti on City properties contact 9394 5000.
For graffiti on any other building/asset report on 1800 44 22 55 or on https://graffiti.police.wa.gov.au/Public
Information for Graffiti Prevention and Removal
A series of graffiti prevention leaflets are available on http://goodbyegraffiti.wa.gov.au/
Neighbourhood Watch aims to create a safe and secure community by encouraging people to know their neighbours and report any unusual behaviour in and around their area. Visit www.nhw.wa.gov.au for useful safety tips and fact sheets.
Armadale Neighbourhood Watch is run by a group of committed volunteers. Armadale Neighbourhood Watch is actively working in the area to promote safety and crime prevention. The group is always looking for new volunteers to assist with the program. For more information or to get involved, contact Armadale Neighbourhood Watch on 0497 675 920, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them in the Armadale Town Hall on Mondays or Fridays between 10am to noon.
Working together as a community helps to make your neighbourhood safe, secure and vibrant for all who share it. Community interaction is a shared responsibility that has proven positive effects on building a safer community, preventing crime and developing community spirit. Ewatch is an email based system that keeps you connected to your local Police and the City of Armadale so that you can proactively make your community safer. Join ewatch to receive regular email updates on local crime trends and statistics, safety initiatives, emerging issues and community building events, as well City event information and messages.
Ewatch is a free service provided through WA Police and Neighbourhood Watch and proudly supported by WALGA and Crime Stoppers WA.
To register or find out more information visit www.ewatch.com.au.
Residents are able to hire electronic engravers to identify their belongings free of charge from the City’s libraries. Engraving your valuables will assist police in the identification of stolen goods so they can be returned. You must be a current library member to hire the equipment.
Libraries Contact Details:
Telephone: 9394 5125
Armadale Central Shopping Centre
64/10 Orchard Avenue, Armadale
Telephone: 9394 5810
Stargate Shopping Centre
2784 Albany Highway , Kelmscott
Seville Grove Library
Telephone: 9394 5800
78 Champion Drive, Seville Grove
Street Meet n Greet allows you and your neighbours to gather for an informal barbecue and get to know each other, promoting neighbourhood security through the program.
Hosting a Street Meet n Greet can help to:
- Strengthen communities to build better relationships with the people who live around you.
- Create a safer, healthier and more vibrant suburb.
- Promote tolerance, respect and understanding.
- Break down community barriers.
- Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.
Once neighbours make initial contact with each other, connections will continue to grow. Organising a barbeque can have many flow on effects including:
- Forming new friendships.
- Increased safety within your street, your neighbour is the best person to realise if something is out of the ordinary.
- A reduction in social isolation.
In order to make your event a success, Neighbourhood Watch has a number of items to assist you on the day including:
- A host information package will be provided to help you through the event.
- An activity trailer is available for hire to provide access to a variety of equipment to entertain neighbours on the day, including a barbeque, utensils stereo and much more.
- A resident’s pack will be provided to your neighbours about home security and the facilities available in the City of Armadale.
- Some giveaways to give to your neighbours for participating in the barbecue.
Contact Neighbourhood Watch on 9399 3514 to organise a Street Meet N Greet.
Eyes on the Street is a coordinated intelligence gathering program which encourages State Government agencies, local governments and businesses to identify and record suspicious behaviour and report it to police.
A number of City of Armadale staff work throughout the City and report suspicious or criminal activity.
Members of the public can report suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)
The planning and design of places, spaces and buildings can assist in reducing crime by the application of improvements to lighting, fencing, landscaping and surveillance of the area from buildings and land use. Peoples' behaviour, particularly in terms of the possibility of offending, as well as an individual's perception about their safety, can be influenced by the design of an environment. Good design can reduce opportunities for offending and improve feelings of safety.
There are many simple changes you can make to lessen the risk of crime in and around your community. The City of Armadale has developed a Self Security Appraisal form and Crime Scene Preservation fact sheet to assist you at home.
Some general home security tips to be aware of include:
- Ensure doors and windows are locked at all times.
- Make sure your house and street number are clearly visible from the street.
- Empty your letterbox regularly and make sure it is secured.
- Lock all gates, garage doors and sheds when not in use.
- Install a monitored alarm system and/or security light to deter intruders.
- Ensure doors and windows are fitted with security screens.
- Avoid hiding a set of house or car keys outside of your home.
- Valuables should be engraved and photographed in case of theft.
- Record serial numbers of valuables.
- Get to know your neighbours.
- Become a member of Neighbourhood Watch.
If you are going away:
- Inform your neighbours and get them to keep watch of your property.
- Arrange for someone to collect your mail regularly.
- Leave a spare set of keys with a friend or family member.
- Cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers.
- Set timers for your TV and lights to switch on and off at regular times.
- Before you leave ensure all windows and doors are secure.
- Neighbourhood Watch www.nhw.wa.gov.au
- WA Police Community Safety http://communitysafety.police.wa.gov.au
- WA Police 131 444
- Emergency 000
- Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000
In 2004, the City entered into a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership with the State Government. In partnership with the Office of Crime Prevention and with key community stakeholders, the City of Armadale developed the Armadale Community Safety Plan 2005-2010
This document was reviewed in 2008. The City continues to work closely with the WA Police and other key stakeholders to enhance community safety.
If you have any questions related to the above topics or wider community safety issues please contact the Community Partnerships Officer on 9394 5689.