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Community safety

Community safety can be defined as an approach to building and sustaining community harmony through positive relationships and partnerships between all stakeholders. 

This approach focuses on fighting crime  using a cooperative approach, involving all levels of government, not just the police (whether public, private or voluntary) and whole community. The long term aim of community safety is to strengthen communities and reduce the likelihood of problems occurring and respond to them effectively.
 
Community safety is broader than crime prevention and encompasses efforts to reassure communities and influence their perceptions about safety issues and crimes. It aims to address the causes of crime and what influences people to get involved in crime. It also looks at the factors that contribute to the fear of crime, which include not just criminal activities but also antisocial behaviour, perception, stereotypes, personal experience and environmental factors.

Check out our Community Safety Handbook on how you can have a SAFER SUMMER in LAUNCESTON.
 

Launceston Safer Communities Partnership
The Launceston Safer Community Partnership (LSCP) is an inter-organisational partnership which addresses community safety issues as they relate to the greater Launceston area. In doing so, LSCP: 
  • Includes in its membership representatives from Local Government and State Government departments, community-based organisations and the business sector;
  • Initiates action in relation to safety issues which affect the amenity and quality of life of the greater Launceston area;
  • Works within the framework of Tasmania Together and the Partnership Agreement between the State Government and Launceston City Council; and
  • Develops appropriate responses to community safety issues from a strengths-based community perspective that builds stronger communities through partnerships, coordination and resource sharing.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month from 9.00am to 10.30am at the Launceston City Council. For any community safety queries, please contact the Chairperson of LSCP, PO Box 396, Launceston.  For further information about LSCP phone Community Development on 03 6323 3219 or email Community.Development@launceston.tas.gov.au

Dealing with the Police Brochure (PDF 669 KB)
 

Community Road Safety
 The Launceston City Council and the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) established a Community Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) in 2004. The Council’s commitment was demonstrated by the appointment of a part time Road Safety Officer to Council's Community, Tourism and Events Department. The Officer, who now has an expanded community safety role, has facilitated and implemented several successful road safety projects over the years in conjunction with Road Safety Consultants from DIER and other community representatives.
 
 
Breatho! Stay Below .05
Breatho! Stay below .05 is a road safety initiative that encourages patrons attending community festivals or events to check their blood alcohol intake prior to driving home. It also provides advice as relate to drinking and driving.

The program has been running thanks to the supports of volunteers at the Launceston Cup in 2008/2009 and at Festivale 2009/2011 as well as on the Day on the Green in 2010.

In order to allow even more people to benefit from this great service, Breatho! Stay below .05 is ready to be taken to local events of your choice.

Events can be as small as your club's regular meetings that may finish with drinks at the pub, your clubs' regular footy match practice when it includes 'after match' drinks or your company's annual dinner.

If your organisation likes big events or would like to promote a valuable road safety message to the community at large, then you may be interested in helping to run the Breatho Stall at the coming Festivale or at the Launceston Cup in 2010.

Get behind this local initiative and promote your organisations as one that cares for Road Safety.
 
Breatho! brochure (PDF 1.8MB)
Breatho! Program Conditions of Use (PDF 51.4KB)
Operation Bounce Back
The Operation Bounce Back Program will be running from 22 September to 22 December 2011, providing information on how to keep your car secure and the chance to redeem an immobiliser voucher. This offer requires you to redeem your immobiliser voucher and book your car in with one of the local installers supporting Operation Bounce Back before 22 December 2011. So, apply promptly or you may miss out!
 
Why immobilise?
In 2010, a total of 177 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in the city of Launceston. This figure includes cars, motorcycles and heavy/other vehicles. Of the cars stolen, 82 per cent were manufactured prior to 2000. What may be surprising is that it is older vehicles, not new ones that are most commonly targeted. This is because older vehicles lack adequate security, making them easy targets. Around three-quarters of vehicles stolen in Australia are taken by opportunistic thieves who steal for short term uses such as transport, to commit other crimes or simply for kicks.

Research indicates that an electronic engine immobiliser is the best form of vehicle security available to deter these opportunistic thieves. Other simple measures advertised as part of the Bounce Back campaign will ensure you never become the victim of car theft.

The models most frequently targeted by thieves in Launceston, Tasmania are: Subary Liberty, Nissan Pulsar N15, Nissan Pulsar N14, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Pintara U12, Subaru Impreza, Nissan Navara D21, Holden Commodore VL, Nissan Pulsar N13, Nissan Pulsar N13, Holden Commodore VN, Toyota Corolla AE82.

How will the immobiliser vouchers be distributed?
The Launceston City Council will assess eligibility of participants based on the information provided in the Operation Bounce Back Application Form. The Application Form can also be obtained from the Council's Customer Service Centre at Town Hall, St John Street or call 03 6323 3000.

Should you be selected, you will receive a letter of congratulations as well as a voucher. You need to present the voucher before 22 December to one of the local installers. Should you not be eligible, you will be informed as soon as possible by mail or email.

Operation Bounce Back will also be advertised through Launceston Safer Communities Partnership agencies and community representatives, victims mail-out, bus back advertising, newspaper advertising, information sessions at the University of Tasmania, the Migrant Resource Centre and through many other outlets.

Are there any restrictions on the vouchers?
The immobiliser vouchers are subject to three main restrictions, namely:

The voucher covers the cost of an Australian Standards approved immobiliser including installation to the value of $200 (excluding GST).

Additional features such as addition of an alarm or integration with central locking etc. will not usually be covered by this cost.

Vouchers must be redeemed with one of the participating Immobilise Now! installers listed below. The participating outlets will be printed on each voucher. All vouchers are subject to an expiry date, which is 22 December 2011. Be sure to redeem your voucher and book your car in with one of the listed installers by this date.

What if I miss out on a voucher?
If you do miss out on receiving a voucher you can still have an engine immobiliser fitted by any CAR-SAFE registered installers for just $220. This is well below the recommended retail price and is far less than the costs associated with having a car stolen.

For more information please call the Council's Community Safety Officer on 03 6323 3368.

Where can I redeem my vouchers?
You can only redeem your vouchers at the two following places. They are CAR-SAFE registered installers:

Auto Addiction, 267 Wellington Street Launceston 03 6344 2727

RACT, Corner of York and George Streets Launceston 03 6335 5633