Victoria Police has joined forces with community, Victorian Government and private sector stakeholders to establish an innovative crime prevention and detection body called Safety Alliance Victoria.
SAV, launched on Monday, is a l partnership between Victoria Police, RACV, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria and Federation University. It aims to improve the safety of all Victorians.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Tess Walsh said it marked a new era in collaborative crime-fighting.
‘‘As an alliance our greatest strength will be in our ability to pool our passion, knowledge and resources to provide a collaborative and innovative approach to crime prevention in order to deliver long-term benefits for Victorians,’’ she said.
SAV will support a range of campaigns outlined in the Victoria Police burglary reduction strategy to cut residential burglaries by 10percent across four years. Its first piece of work, Protect | Prevent, is a six-month pilot using a recent innovation in traceable liquid property marking, which helps people to mark and register valuable items for future identification.
From August, police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers will deliver kits with a unique synthetic DNA code to 1000 homes across Geelong and Whittlesea.
Burglars, eyes are on you
Further work that has been outlined in the Victoria Police Burglary Reduction Strategy includes:
•Improving police practice through more face-to-face contact with victims of residential burglary and their neighbours;
•Improving the police response to residential burglary through enhanced forensic examination processes and intelligence sharing;
•Further home security and crime prevention initiatives;
•Building stronger, better-connected communities through localised social media and community engagement campaigns.