Alice Springs council to show citizens how to protect themselves amid ongoing crime crisis

by | Oct 5, 2021 | Cops, News | 0 comments

Alice Springs Town Council will offer free personal safety sessions to residents and home security assessments in response to spiraling crime rates in the community.

The “My Home My Town” program is a partnership between council, Neighbourhood Watch NT and Victims of Crime NT that aims to help residents avoid being victims of crime.

The program will include a series of free personal safety sessions for Alice Springs residents, free home security assessments, and an Alice Springs-specific community safety media campaign, council said.

Alice Springs council CEO Robert Jennings said council acknowledges the “challenges” facing the community – which led to the creation of this campaign.

“This initiative will see an increase in opportunities for residents to improve their home security, increase their personal safety and connect with their community,” he said.

Council launched the safety program this morning, at Civic Centre Lawns.

A total of six personal safety sessions will run across Alice Springs from October 2021 until April 2022.

“These sessions are a fun and interactive way for community members to increase their sense of safety and their knowledge of best-practice safety advice,” Mr Jennings added.

Alongside the personal safety sessions, Alice Springs residents can also book a free home security assessment.

Mr Jennings said Victims of Crime NT will visit residents at their home to conduct a security assessment and discuss any security concerns they may have.

“Residents who book a home security assessment will receive a report with advice and recommendations to improve their security and a free gift,” he added.

An Alice Springs-specific community safety campaign will also be aired across social media and television and will focus on the key benefits of the initiative and some essential community safety messaging.

“The campaign highlights easily implementable community safety advice, including getting to know your neighbours, continuing to report crime and suspicious behaviour and working together as a community,” Mr Jennings said.

The NT Police did not provide a comment on the initiative.

From July 2020 to 2021, cases of crimes against the person and crimes against property in Alice Springs jumped 22 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively.

House break-ins rose 47 per cent, and commercial break-ins were up 42 per cent.

Sexual assault cases were also up by 30 per cent.

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