City of Karratha

Community safety

The City of Karratha is actively working to create safe, healthy and liveable communities through the Safer Communities Partnership. 

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Community safety, which is a priority for the City and our community, is a complex area that cannot be addressed by any one organisation alone. The City has joined forces with WA Police and key industry and government stakeholders to form the Safer Communities Partnership, and is working with the community to develop and implement programs to address community safety. The Safer Communities Partnership (formerly known as the Cleansweep Taskforce) delivers community safety initiatives focusing on the following five key areas:

The Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2015-2018 is underpinned by the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2016 – 2026 and has been developed to build on the successes of the Cleansweep Taskforce Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and further enhance our community as a safe and desirable place to live. The renaming of the Cleansweep Taskforce to the Safer Communities Partnership has been implemented in conjunction with the development of the new strategic plan. The new name is a more relevant reflection of the goals of the partnership and commitment of the Steering Group membership who are working together to address community safety within the communities throughout the City of Karratha.


Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Four strategic goals were identified through the review of the Cleansweep Taskforce Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and following the community and stakeholder consultation process. Specific objectives have been set in relation to each of these goals and an action plan process will be undertaken with the Steering Group to affirm the key projects to be delivered each year under the Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2015-2018. 1. Safe and well maintained public spaces 2. Partnering for a safer community 3. Communications and promotion 4. Community action, connection and involvement View the Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2015-18 (1MB)

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. For more information head to:

Community Safety Survey

A community safety survey is conducted annually in November and December each year. Results from the survey are analysed and used to determine the Safer Communities Partnership’s priorities and focus each year and further into the future.

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 neighbours:

Getting to know your neighbours is a great way to improve neighbourhood safety and build cohesive communities. To assist, handy fridge magnets are available for all residents to prompt neighbours to swap contact details. The magnets contain essential phone contact numbers and can be collected from the City of Karratha administration office. 

  • National Bike Register:

Bike theft is an increasing problem identified by Karratha police. Numerous stolen bikes are recovered with no way of identifying the owner. 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 and details of found bicycles which assists in returning the bicycle to the rightful owner.

Follow these three steps to help prevent bicycle theft:

  • Step 1: Register your bike on the National Bike Register
  • Step 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 from Karratha Police Station or the City of Karratha administration office on Welcome Road.
  • Step 3: Apply the warning label. Reduce your risk of theft by warning thieves that you use the National Bike Register by applying a tamper evident warning label to the seat post or seat tube. Warning labels are available from Karratha Police Station or the City of Karratha administration. The first 1000 people to register their bike will receive a free bike lock which can be picked up from the Karratha Police Station or the City of Karratha administration – proof of registration required.

  • 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 CPTED Self Assessment (1.9MB)

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 colorbond 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 prevent graffiti, community art projects are installed at community facilities where graffiti hotspots are identified.

Schools and early learning centres were recently visited by Captain Cleanup, who provided fun and interactive educational performances about the impact graffiti has on our community. We aim to have educational incursions to schools every 2 years to remind students on the importance of looking after our community and staying graffiti free. 

Litter management

The Bucks for Bags programs 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 cleanup). Resources including gloves, rubbish bags and litter pickers are provided to assist with the cleanup. Contact the Community Safety Coordinator if your group is interested in conducting a cleanup by calling 9186 8555.

We work closely with our rangers team to respond to reports of litter dumping. Littering or dumping 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’ signs 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.

Education is key to addressing litter in our community. Captain Cleanup recently visited primary schools and early learning centres, providing educational, fun and interactive performances to children which promote pride in the community and responsible ways to dispose or recycle litter. Educational incursions are offered biennially to schools, to reinforce litter messages to our younger community members.

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 assists educate about safe road use and provides licensing and graduation benefits. All students who complete the program are given a basic first aid kit to keep in their car. We are members of the Pilbara Industry 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 officer-in-charge Andy Stevens. Tune in to Spirit Radio from 9am each Thursday to listen live. Missed an episode? Catch up by clicking on the podcasts below.

More community safety information:

Making it Tougher for Crooks Safe as Houses Crime Stoppers WA WA Police 

A message from Crime Stoppers WA: