A new community survey has been launched to help shape new ways to target crime and community safety.
The Orange’s Community Safety & Crime Prevention Committee, which includes representatives from NSW Police as well as community service agencies is looking closely at how to make Orange a safer place to live.
Orange City Council’s Orange’s Community Safety & Crime Prevention Committee chair, Cr Jason Hamling said the data from the survey will be used to guide new strategies.
“The Crime Prevention Committee is a useful forum for bringing together organisations in Orange that each target crime in their own ways,” Cr Jason Hamling said. “It’s a good community sounding-board for police as they go about their work. For council it’s a way of working with other agencies and tiers of government to plan for the future and apply for the grants we need.”
“As a step towards developing plans for future work, the committee is looking closely at how to make Orange a safer place to live. The results of this survey will help shape new strategies.
“It’s a short survey that will only take two minutes to complete. The questions aim to find out whether local residents feel safe as they go about their local neighbourhood and the broader city area. We want to know the areas of Orange where people don’t feel safe, and if people have suggestions about making those areas safer.
“Another question asks about people’s personal experience of crime and reporting incidents to the police. This information is being collected anonymously and will be used to help frame new approaches.
“We want Orange to be a good place to live where families and can go out at night or in the daytime to enjoy events. Solutions like better public lighting, an improved CCTV system or ways to help people feel more connected to their community will all help make a difference.”
The online survey can be accessed from the YourSay Orange site.