Crime prevention at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) is based on a community engagement approach, involving community and the court in the identification of local crime issues and responses to these. This approach allows crime prevention to have a significant connection with community and works predominately at a targeted level unlike broad generic crime prevention campaigns.
We pay attention to the crime and look to address the underlying causes of this crime, including the social disadvantage experienced by people in our community.
We initiate and support crime prevention programs in partnership that tackle disadvantage and provide real and practical benefit.
Crime prevention initiatives include:
- Intervention order service: This initiative increases the perceptions of safety for intervention order applicants. When a high rise resident is granted an intervention order by the NJC Magistrate, security and concerige staff at the housing estate are informed of the order and its conditions. This reduces the opportunities for breeches.
- The Business Crime Prevention Kit: Developed in partnership with Victoria Police and Yarra Council, the kit helps traders in the City of Yarra deal with crime. It includes practical advice on how to deal with problems like theft, aggression, and suspicious activity. The kits are available in Vietnamese for the many Vietnamese retailers.
- Tackling open-area drug markets: We work with local communities to improve reporting of crime, increase citizens' confidence in police, and reclaim public space.
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): We work in partnership to address spatial safety issues identified by community through a consultative environmental design process.
- Park Smarter: This awareness campaign aims to reduce thefts from cars in the City of Yarra. We have placed stickers on parking meters and messages about not leaving valuables in cars have been widely publicised.