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A Safe City

Are you making it tougher for crooks?

Community safety starts with you

We each have an important role to play in keeping our community a safe, vibrant place to live, work and play.

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Emergencies000
Non-urgent police131 444
Crimestoppers (to report suspicious behaviour)1800 333 000
SmartWatch - the City's vehicle-based CCTV surveillance available daily from 12pm–4am1300 657 123

Community safety

Home safety and security

Home safety tips

  • Keep doors, windows and garage doors locked even when home
  • Leave spare keys with people, not hidden around your home
  • Cut back shrubbery around the house to ensure natural surveillance
  • Make sure your door can be seen clearly from the road
  • Keep your home surrounds well lit at night
  • Keep garden sheds, garages and side gates locked and tools away
  • Keep your post and meter boxes locked
  • Install home alarms
  • Property marking
  • Keep money, handbags and keys out of view
  • Never give personal details over the phone
  • Fit a door viewer

For more information on how to reduce opportunities for crime around your home, please refer to the crime prevention through environmental design checklist.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED is a crime prevention method to reduce opportunities for crime.  You can keep your home environment safe by following some simple principles:

  • Keep your yard maintained to reduce places to hide.
  • Increase visibility from the street.
  • ​Cut back shrubbery around the house to ensure natural surveillance.
  • Keep the area around your home well lit at night.

CPTED on rural properties

Research indicates that opportunity and visibility are key factors for break-ins. If thieves believe they can get into and out of your property easily and without being seen, your property is at risk.

Below are some simple tips to help protect your home and belongings on a rural property:

  • Lock house doors and windows when out on the property  
  • Consider visibility when designing and erecting new buildings or sheds.  (Ideally these should be in sight of a house).
  • Prevent accessibility to your property.  Gates should be as strong as possible, mounted securely to strong corner posts.  Secure gates with quality heavy duty chains and locks.
  • Lock gates and sheds when not in use.
  • If possible, use heavy duty rollers or metal gates at the entrance to sheds and any outbuildings.
  • Consider the installation of movement sensor cameras or closed circuit television (CCTV) if practical.  
  • Signs should be placed at entrance points to your property advising that it is “Private Property”.
  • Warn intruders of security measures used on your property: electronic monitoring; sensor lights; guard dogs and identification markings.
  • Mark your belongings with an engraver or ultra-violet pen with your licence number.

Making it tougher for crooks

Benny the BurglarAre you making it tougher for crooks?
 
The Making it Tougher for Crooks - Community Safety Starts With You campaign is a partnership between the City of Rockingham, WA Police Community Engagement Division and the two police stations servicing the cities of Rockingham and Mandurah.

The purpose of the campaign is to educate residents and visitors to reduce opportunities for crime. "Benny the Burglar" helps us spread the message. Research shows that most crimes are committed because opportunities were created for an individual to commit a criminal act. Read Benny's top tips for making it tougher for crooks below.

Property Marking with UV Pens

Free UV pens are available to City of Rockingham residents to assist in marking their property to prevent theft.

To ensure the most effective marking of your property, you are encouraged to mark your valuables near the serial number on the item, if there is one, using the state listed on your driver's licence and your driver's licence number.  For example, WA1234567. If you not have a driver's licence, use your passport or Medicare number, or those details of a close relative.

Full instructions for using UV pens to mark your property can be found below

A printable property register is available on the Neighbourhood Watch website.  Registers should be kept in a safe place and a copy sent to your insurance company.  For items that cannot be marked, such as jewellery, photographs should be taken and stored with your property register.

If you would like a free UV pen, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au (limited supply available).

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Vehicle safety

Driver distraction

Pledge to drive so others survive
  • I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead.
  • I will remove all distractions and never use my mobile phone while driving.
  • I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • I will protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe.

ANCAP

Do you know how safe your vehicle is?

Find out your vehicle’s ANCAP rating 

Child Car Restraints

In Western Australia, the leading cause of death and the third most frequent cause of hospitalisation for children aged 0-14 years is transport-related injury. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of transport-related injury for children. Children as passengers in a vehicle should be seated in the most appropriate child car restraint for their age and size. To provide the best protection for your child in a motor vehicle follow these simple steps:

  • Buckle up every child on every trip. 
  • Ensure you use a correctly fitted child car restraint most appropriate for your child’s age and size.
  • All child car restraints must meet the Australian Standards AS/NZS 1754.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using your child car restraint.
  • If you are using a second-hand child car restraint, ensure you know the history of the restraint and that it is less than 10 years of age and has not been involved in a car accident.
  • Child car restraints must be installed in the second row of seats in a vehicle.
  • Ensure your child has exceeded the maximum size limits of the restraint before progressing them to the next stage.

For more information visit Kidsafe WA's child car restraint guidelines.

Personal safety

Tips to stay safe

  • Look up, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Turn down the volume on your earphones
  • Walk in well lit, busy areas
  • Walk with a friend or group wherever possible
  • If you regularly walk by yourself, consider varying your route
  • Have someone accompany you to your car
  • Plan ahead - how are you going to get home?
  • Tell your family, friends and colleagues your whereabouts and when you expect to return.  If your plans change let them know.
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Senior safety

Make it tougher for crooks and lessen your chance of becoming a victim of crime. Visit the WA Police Safety for Seniors website for tips to keep you safe at home, using public transport and out shopping

By introducing a few common sense practices into your daily routine you can give yourself, your family, friends and neighbours much greater peace of mind.

Keep in touch - Safety for Seniors Program 

Safety for Seniors is a free program run by the City of Rockingham aimed at supporting more vulnerable and isolated seniors within the community.  

It offers the opportunity to connect with a friendly volunteer by phone once a month for a chat and/or attend activities or events.

If you would like to register for the program you must meet the following criteria:

  • have no or minimal contact with family
  • feel socially isolated from the community
  • be aged 65+
  • want to receive regular phone calls from a City of Rockingham volunteer.

To register for the Safety for Seniors program please contact Community Safety on 9528 0333.

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Youth safety

If you are a young person or a parent of a young person you may have questions about alcohol and the law, under-age drinking or drink spiking. Visit the WA Police Safety for Young People website for information on all these topics plus a number of others, like hosting parties, leavers' week and support if you become a victim of crime.

CCTV

The City of Rockingham have five mobile CCTV units which are deployed in areas of need to assist WA Police by gathering evidence. The community can inform the City of any areas they would like to be considered on the deployment schedule for the units. All of the locations are proposed to local police. Police advise the City if the locations are hotspots and therefore if a CCTV unit should be deployed at that location.

Follow these simple steps if you would like a particular location to be considered for one of the mobile CCTV units:

  1. Report all incidents at that location to police on 131 444 – remember police help determine locations based on their data so if there is an issue in a particular location then police should know about it.
  2. Contact the City’s SmartWatch service on 9528 0333 or from 12pm until 4am, seven days a week on 1300 657 123

Frequently Asked Questions

Will any City owned CCTV be used for surveillance on private property?

No. The intention of cameras will be to record publicly accessible areas and the activities that take place in those areas.

Where can I get further information about the City of Rockingham’s mobile CCTV units?

Contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

What should I do if I’m concerned about my neighbours CCTV or drone recording my property?

There are no City of Rockingham policies or by-laws related to CCTV on private property.  Please visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner  for information on laws regarding surveillance and monitoring.  If you are concerned that CCTV is breaching the Surveillance Devices Act and/or Australian Privacy Principles you should contact your local police station for them to investigate further. 

Contact details for your local police station can be found on the WA Police Force  by clicking ‘your local police’ in the right hand menu.  Enter your suburb into the search menu and this will bring up the contact details of your local police.

Visit the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)  for information on flying drones safely and how to report unsafe flying. 

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What will the images recorded by the City’s mobile CCTV units be used for?

The City will provide authorised agencies such as the WA Police Force with recordered surveillance images from public areas.

Can members of the public obtain copies of recorded images from the City’s mobile CCTV units?

The City encourages residents to contact WA Police and have them request the footage on their behalf. Otherwise residents can submit a completed Freedom of information form

Cyber and online safety

Want to know how to stay safe online?

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank.  Through this partnership they offer resources and information to empower young Australians and their families to be safe, respectful and resilient online. 

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Cyber bullying

Need some assistance with cyber bullying? The Australian Government eSafety website  is a great resource for information and support to help you protect you and your child online. This website also allows you to lodge a cyber bullying complaint or report cyber bullying to a social media service.

Cyber safety is everyone's responsibility.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is Australia's most trusted information receiving service for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity while staying anonymous.

The independent not-for-profit charity work closely with police, media and the community to help solve, reduce and prevent crime.

You do not have to leave your personal details, your call isn't traced and, if making an online report, your IP address is not recorded.

Your can report a crime online or by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Report a crime

 

 

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You can play a part in making a safer community by sharing what you know about unsolved crime and criminal activity without having to say who you are.

Safety Subsidy Scheme

We have three schemes to help residents on low-income pensioner or concession cards feel safer, more secure and connected in their homes, including a Safety Subsidy.  For further information please visit subsidy scheme

Beach safety

Beach Safety Kits

Summer is around the corner. The City is supporting Surf Lifesaving WA's Water Awareness campaign.  You can request your free Beach Safety Kit so that you can be prepared to stay safe at the beach and in the water.  Request your kit today which includes a water-resistant phone pouch, a Water Awareness Guide and a Beach Smart Handbook.

BEN signs

BEN signsThe Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system – named in honour of fatal shark bite victim Ben Gerring – is a coding system that aims to improve emergency response times by installing signs with unique codes at public beach access points. 

In the event of an emergency, the BEN signs are designed to help decrease the response time by pinpointing strategic locations for responders. Callers should quote the BEN sign number and any extra location details displayed on the map.

The signs form part of the State's emergency signage network which spans from Geraldton to Esperance. In the Rockingham mainland area, 67 signs have been installed, plus 14 on Garden Island.

An up-to-date interactive map of BEN signs and other useful functions can be found on the Sharksmart shark activity page (use the drop down menu on the left and select the BEN icon). Alternatively, a printable map of all Local Government Authority signs is available on the Sharksmart website.  

Shark sightings

View the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detections before you hit the beach. 

Help keep everyone safe. Report shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Holiday safety
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Heading away? Make sure "Benny the Burglar" isn’t minding your home in your absence

  • Register for the Holiday Watch service with SmartWatch
  • Have trusted neighbours keep an eye out and take in your mail and bins
  • Check your locks are in working order before you leave.

The SmartWatch team can keep an eye on your house if you are going to be away for travel or work for more than one night.  They will look for signs of damage to property, suspicious activities or incidents that occur. ​They will report any observations or findings to you and/or the police.

Safety talks

Would you like our Community Safety team to visit your street, activity, community group or event?

Our team and its volunteers could attend to promote ways that we can be a connected, safer community. This could include speaking with a community group or providing community safety information at an event.

Community Safety engagement request

Abandoned shopping trolleys

Did you know you can report Woolworths trolleys online? For a chance to go into a monthly draw to win $1,000 visit Trolley tracker.

For Coles, Kmart and Target trolleys there is a phone service available on 1800 876 553 which is NOT a freecall number from a mobile phone. You can also report them online.

IGA trolleys in the City of Rockingham must be reported to each individual store, but please support our local businesses in retrieving lost property.

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