Community safety programs
The city is constantly looking for ways to make Subiaco an even more liveable, safe and accessible city. This page contains information about some of the programs that help to achieve this.
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan
Neighbourhood Watch & ewatch
Community safety education forums
The Safety House Program
Child car restraints checks
The City of Subiaco has now adopted the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2016-2020.
The plan aims to improve safety in Subiaco through city initiatives and cooperation with police, businesses, residents and community organisations.
The plan is available for viewing here (PDF, 3.0MB). To provide feedback on the plan, please contact the city on 9237 9260.
Neighbourhood Watch is a program to help neighbours watch our for neighbours.The City of Subiaco supports the Neighbourhood Watch program, aimed at keeping the community of Subiaco alert, aware and safe.
The city would love to see residents running their own Neighbourhood Watch Network. A network is simply a group of neighbours who know each other, look out for each other and will usually have a primary method of sharing information. This method could include email, SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp or other similar platforms to share information and communicate with each other.
A crucial element is getting to know your neighbours and encouraging others to do the same. This is a community led initiative and not affiliated with the city, so whilst the city and Neighbourhood Watch WA can provide some support and assistance, you would need to be the driver.
To establish a network is easy, just follow these steps:
- Get to know your neighbours, NHW WA has resources to help you start conversations with your neighbours.
- Set up your own communication platform to share information. There are many available such as SMS, email, Facebook, WhatsApp and NHWConnect. Choose a platform that will work for you and your neighbours.
- Be familiar with your local environment and be aware of anything that looks suspicious. Share that information with Police and your neighbours.
- Display NHW resources (available here)
- Sign up to ewatch to stay connected with what is happening in your community
A number of resources are available at the City of Subiaco Library.
For more information please contact the Community Development Team 9237 9222 or Neighbourhood Watch WA on 9222 1513 or visit their website.
What is ewatch?
ewatch is an email-based system that connects you to your local police, Neighbourhood Watch and the City of Subiaco.
Residents who join will receive regular email updates with information on up-to-date incidents that are happening in your community, alerts, warnings, safety and crime prevention initiatives within the City of Subiaco.
ewatch is a free service provided through WA Police and Neighbourhood Watch supported by the City of Subiaco.
Visit the ewatch website to join the mailing list.
Crime Stoppers WA is an independent non-for-profit community organisation working in partnership with the WA Police. Crime Stoppers WA help any member of the public play a key role in solving crime online via their online report form or the toll-free telephone hotline (1800 300 000).
To find our more visit the Crime Stoppers WA website.
Do you want to learn self defence, how to resuscitate, or more about road safety for your child? Or perhaps you have some safety concerns in the city that you feel are not being addressed? From time to time we run small forums to teach you more about safety and crime prevention and to learn more about your concerns. Keep your eyes on the events calendar or city publications for further information.
Got a topic you would like to learn more about? Contact the Community Development team on 9237 9222
The Safety House Program offers a place of safety for children to go when they are away from the security and comfort of their home or school environment. Local schools run the Safety House scheme in their areas, including Rosalie Primary School in Shenton Park.
How can you identify a Safety House?
The Safety House sign on a house letterbox or shop window means that the premises and occupants have been thoroughly checked and it is designated as a safe place.
When can children use a Safety House?
A Safety House can be used by children travelling to or from school whenever they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Reasons for a child using a Safety House may include:
- Being bullied by other children or teenagers
- Being injured, hurt or feeling unwell
- Being frightened by animals
- Being approached or followed by a person who makes them feel unsafe
- Being lost or confused
What do Safety House people do?
The role of the Safety Householder is to assist children in need by offering them help and protection by contacting the child's parents or the Police.
Who can become a Safety House?
To have your home become a Safety House, you must be a responsible adult, who:
- Cares about the safety and well-being of children and is happy to help them
- Has been interviewed and accepted by the Local Safety House Committee
- Is available at home during peak school travel hours
- Has a house suitable for easy access by children in need
- Has been police-checked and approved by Safety House WA Inc.
- Agrees to have all other residents of their house police-checked and approved by Safety House WA Inc.
We are always looking to increase the number of local Safety Houses in the City of Subiaco. If you are interested in becoming a Safety Householder, please apply through Safety House WA at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit the Safety House WA website.
Child car restraint checks
If you have a child 7 years old or under, you are legally required to fit child car restraints of a certain type, depending on your child's age. To be sure that your restraints fulfil the legal requirements, and will keep your child safe in the event of an accident, you can have your restraints checked by certified specialists.
WALGA RoadWise coordinates the Typle 1 Child Car Restraint Fitting Service which provides the public with access to child car restraint fitting services across Western Australia. The service also provides the public with access to information about fitting service locations and advice on child car restraints.
For more information on child car restraints, and a list of locations you can get your restraints checked, visit the Roadwise website.