Community safety forums in focus
A series of community safety forums covering theft of, and from, vehicles as well as general safety will be held across the municipality over the next eight weeks.
Mitchell Shire Council in partnership with Victoria Police and South Mitchell Neighbourhood Watch Group, will provide a range of forums for an opportunity for community members to ask questions and talk about safety initiatives more generally.
Special sessions for tradies will also be held at Wallan and Seymour including free tool engraving and tips to safely secure tools.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson said the forums provided a good opportunity for community members to come together and discuss any safety concerns they may have and get some tips on how they can help improve safety in their local area.
“We run a number of safety sessions at different times throughout the year with a focus on different safety messages,” Cr Sanderson said.
“As well as picking up some valuable safety tips, the forums provide a great chance to meet other people in the community and start discussions about ways the community can work together to help people feel safer in their community.”
Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Steven Conlin said the forums were a great chance for people to find out more about what they can do to protect their property.
“Theft from motor vehicles and theft of tradies tools are very opportunistic crimes which can usually be avoided,” he said.
“Unfortunately, many of these are a result of people leaving valuables in plain sight in cars. We encourage locking of vehicles at all times and, wherever possible, to store tools and trailers in locked garages, which helps discourage thieves in the first place.”
South Mitchell Neighbourhood Watch Secretary and Police Liaison Officer Peter Gannon said the forums were a good way for people to come together and help raise awareness about safety.
“The Neighbourhood Watch group is a great way for people to work together and use their neighbourhood networks to help prevent crime,” Mr Gannon said.
“The more connected we all are, the greater the chance of preventing crime in the first place and the more likely we are to be able to provide valuable information to police to help catch offenders, increase community awareness, and safety.
“We enjoy a great relationship with both Mitchell Shire and Victoria Police and this partnership unites us in a common force for the safety and wellbeing of all residents of Mitchell Shire.”
· Wallan, Featherton Rise, Holly Drive playground, Tuesday 20 March, 5pm to 7pm (community BBQ provided)
· Kilmore, Kingsgate Village, Tuesday 27 March, 11am to 12.30pm (all welcome)
· Kilmore, The Elms Village, Tuesday 3 April, 10.30am to 12pm (all welcome)
· Wallan, Neighbourhood House, Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm to 9pm
· Beveridge, Club Mandalay, Wednesday 2 May, 7.30pm to 9pm
· Broadford, High St, Saturday 12 May, 10am to2pm
· Seymour, The Royal Hotel, Wednesday 21 March at 4.30pm and 6pm
· Wallan, Hogan's Hotel, Wednesday 4 ApriI at 4.30pm and 6pm (South Mitchell Neighbourhood Watch attending)