City of Karratha

Community safety

The City of Karratha understands the importance community safety plays in developing liveable communities, as such we are actively working to create safe, healthy and connected communities through the Safer Communities Partnership.

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Community safety is a priority for the City of Karratha as well as local residents and one which we understand cannot be addressed by any one organization alone.

The Safer Communities Partnership is a joint initiative between the City of Karratha, WA Police and the State Government as well as key industry stakeholders and residents. Together they are working with the community to develop and implement programs which mitigate crime and increase community safety.

Formally known as the Cleansweep Taskforce, the Safer Communities Partnership delivers community safety initiatives focused around the following five key areas:

The Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is underpinned by the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2016 – 2026 and has been developed to build on the successes of the Partnership’s previous Strategic Plan (2015 – 2018) and to further enhance our city as a safe and desirable place to live. Together the Partnership has developed and delivered a range of preventative and responsive community actions to target road safety, antisocial behaviour and crime as well as the management of graffiti, litter and alcohol and drug use. 

 
 

Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Four strategic goals, each with corresponding objectives have been identified within the Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022. These goals will shape new initiatives and help identify key issues faced by the community. These goals are:

  1. Safe and well maintained public spaces
  2. Partnering for a safer community
  3. Engaging with our community
  4. Community action, connection and involvement

View the Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 


Security Subsidy Scheme

The City of Karratha, through the Safer Communities Partnership, delivers a program to help improve security in and around the home. The City of Karratha will provide a subsidy of up to $200 towards the costs of installing a security alarm system, a CCTV system or sensor security lighting. Read more about our Security Subsidy Scheme 


Community Safety Survey

Each year in November and December the City of Karratha conducts their annual Community Safety Survey. Results from this survey are used to help inform the priorities and focus areas of the Safer Communities Partnership.


Crime and anti-social behaviour

The Safer Communities Partnership is consistently working hard to prevent crime and anti-social behaviours within the City. This is achieved through the following implemented initiatives:

  • Footpath Lighting:

The City is installing additional lighting along our footpaths to improve lighting and make our walkways safer. Nearly $700,000 has already been spent on footpath lighting installations over the last four years along walkways throughout Karratha. A long term plan is under development, where every footpath within the City of Karratha will be assessed and prioritised for lighting installation. During 2017-2018, over $600,000 has been allocated for footpath lighting which will be installed in Nickol, Bulgarra, Pegs Creek, Wickham, Roebourne and Point Samson.


  • Meet the Street: 

Getting to know your neighbours is a great way to improve neighbourhood safety and build cohesive communities, this is why we’re inviting our residents to host their very own Meet the Street party! The City of Karratha, with support from the Safer Communities Partnership, provides registered party hosts with a Meet the Street kit and party games as well as up to a $100 reimbursement to help cover party related costs!

Find out more about Meet the Street and download a registration form to host your own party! 


  • Ready, Set, Grow Garden Competition:

Do you have an amazing front garden? Or want an excuse to create one?

Get set to win some fantastic prizes in the READY, SET, GROW City of Karratha Garden Competition in 2020. 

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes!

Find out more about Ready, Set, Grow and ENTER NOW


  • National Bike Register:

Bike theft is a common issue throughout the City of Karratha and the Police do a great job in mitigating this the best they can and frequently recover a number of stolen bikes; the issue however is they often have no way of indentifying their owners.

Police, Crime Stoppers Australia and Data Dot Technology ltd have developed ‘The National Bike Register’ which allows bike owners to log information for free about their bicycles and bike parts on to a secure database. From this logged information, police are able to verify ownership details and can return the bicycle to its rightful owner. 

Follow these three steps to help prevent bicycle theft:

  1. Register your bike on the National Bike Register 
  2. Mark your bike with your (or a family member’s) driver’s license number using a UV marker pen or other security marking kits. UV marker pens are available for free from the Karratha Police Station or the City of Karratha administration office on Welcome Road
  3. Apply the warning label (also available at Karratha Police Station or the City of Karratha administration office). Reduce your risk of theft by warning thieves you use the National Bike Register by applying a tamper evident warning label to the seat post or seat tube.

  • Bikelinc

Over 1,000 bikes are already listed. Is yours one of them?

Join Crime Stoppers WA’s free Bikelinc network so the WA Police Force and your community can help return your bike to you if it’s lost or stolen.

  • Lock it or Lose it:

Implementing basic security measures in and around your home can help make your home and neighbourhood safer. Stealing valuable items such as bicycles, electronic devices, fishing rods, work tools and property from inside cars is generally opportunistic crime and is easily preventable. Simply locking these items up or storing them securely significantly improves your chances of not becoming a victim of crime.

For details on initiatives and crime prevention information, please see below:

  1. How to prevent bicycle theft
  2. How to prevent motorcycle theft
  3. Subsidised motorcycle locks/security devices
  4. National Bike Register

  • CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)

CPTED is a proven crime approach to reduce opportunities for crime. In the home or workplace the concept focuses on designing or modifying aspects of the property in ways that will help reduce or prevent crime, resulting in a safer community. A simple CPTED self-assessment can highlight how secure your home or property is and outline simple measures that can be implemented to address these shortfalls. To find out more on CPTED and CPTED principles, please contact the City’s Community Safety Coordinator on 9186 8555.

Click to download a CPTED Self Assessment 


Graffiti Management

Free community removal kits are available to residents, businesses and schools and are ideally suited to remove small amounts of graffiti on smooth surfaces, such as colour bond fences, letterboxes and playground equipment. These kits can be collected from the City of Karratha administration office.

We work with the Department of Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice and Repay WA community work teams to assist us with graffiti removal. To assist in preventing graffiti, community art projects are installed at community facilities where graffiti hotspots are identified.


Bucks for Bags 

The Bucks for Bags program enables local community and not-for-profit groups to conduct litter clean-ups throughout the City of Karratha and raise funds at the same time. Six dollars per bag is paid (to a maximum of $2000 per clean-up). Resources including gloves, rubbish bags and litter pickers are provided to assist with the clean-up. Contact Waste Services if your group is interested in conducting a clean-up by calling 9186 8555.

We work closely with our Rangers team to respond to reports of litter dumping. Littering or duping rubbish is an offence. Anyone can report offences through our online reporting tool, Report It. Litter associated with unsecure loads can be a hazard to road users and makes our City look untidy.

‘What’s coming out your rear end? Secure your load’ sings have been installed along road sides throughout the City of Karratha to remind road users to secure their loads. Rubbish coming out the back of vehicles or trailers is an offence and can be reported through our online reporting tool, Report It.


Drugs and alcohol management

We are members of the West Pilbara Liquor Accord and West Pilbara Drug & Alcohol management Group and work closely with other member agencies in these groups to address drug and alcohol problems within our community.


Road and vehicle safety

The Partnership works with our rangers team and WA Police to address road and off-road vehicle issues. Anyone can report off road vehicle issues through our online reporting tool, Report It. Year 10 students from local high schools complete the ‘Keys for Life’ program – a pre driver program that educates about safe road use and provides licensing and graduation benefits. We are members of the Pilbara Road Safety Alliance and WALGA Roadwise program. A variable message sign is used to promote safe driving and community safety messages.

 


How to use the 'Report It' function


Police Beat

Police Beat is a weekly interview segment with Karratha Police office-in-charge Andy Stevens. Tune in to Triple M Karratha from 9am each Thursday to listen live. Missed an episode? Catch up by clicking on the podcasts below.


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