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Working Together for a
Ballarat residents have an opportunity to increase their knowledge about
staying safe with a range of activities that are being held as part of
Community Safety Month. These events are being organised by a range
of organisations including Council and Victoria Police.
Community Safety Month activities began on Saturday 3 October, with a
soccer game between the international students from the University of
Ballarat and representatives from Victoria Police. The event was designed
to strengthen the relationship between police and the city's students. It
was also an opportunity to promote and discuss student safety issues.
Throughout the month police have visited local primary schools and held
community events across Ballarat, both in the suburbs and in shopping
Ballarat Police used community safety month to launch its Business
Security Kits. The Plan, Prevent and Protect initiative will provide small
business owners and retailers with crime prevention advice and
strategies. As part of the project police will be available to meet with
traders to discuss their individual safety concerns.
The Community Action Against Auto Theft (CAAT) initiative was also
unveiled. People who register with the program will be given a CAAT sticker
to place on the back windscreen of their car. The sticker indicates that the
vehicle is not usually driven between 1am and 5am. If police see it being
driven during these times the car will be pulled over to check the identity
of the driver. The program will be available to all Ballarat residents.
To help prevent number plate theft police and Neighbourhood Watch will
conduct Operation Safe Plate at Stockland Wendouree on Friday 30 and
Saturday 31 October from 10am until 2pm. For a gold coin donation
motorists will be able to have their number plates fitted to their car with
one way screws, making it harder for them to be taken by thieves.
The Ballarat Community Safety Awards will be presented on Tuesday 27
October. Fourteen nominations were received. The different award
categories are Partnerships, Community Strengthening, Urban Design for
Safe and Healthy Environments, Safer Roads, Access and Movement,
Alcohol Related Harm and Family Violence Prevention.
Community Safety Month activities wrap up on Saturday 31 October with
an expo in the Bridge Mall. From 10.30am until 2.30pm emergency
services and other organisations will have displays. The Victoria Police
Code One Rock Band and the Victoria Police Pipe Band will be performing.
Below: Community Safety Month began with the Univeristy of Ballarat's
international students taking on Ballarat police in a soccer match.
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