Lock and Light project to reduce crime

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Local businessman Shane Lucy, Northam OIC S/Sgt Geoff Dickson, Chairperson Share and Care Community Services Grp Ann Gibbs and Shire of Northam President Steve Pollard.
(L-R) Local businessman Shane Lucy, Northam OIC Senior Sergeant Geoff Dickson, Chairperson Share and Care Community Services Group Ann Gibbs and Shire of Northam President Steve Pollard.

Northam and Wundowie Police have partnered with their local shire to promote a new initiative they hope will reduce crime and also demands on police.

Northam OIC Senior Sergeant Geoff Dickson said police were the catalyst for the idea which is to target harden the premises of vulnerable community members, safeguarding them and their property through a project called ‘Lock and Light’.

“Many elderly and low-income residents become repeat victims of crime – particularly burglary, theft and damage – and this project aims to make them more resilient to that type of criminal activity,” he said. “Initially eligible residents will have a homesecurity assessment, to determine the level of financial assistance required to install security enhancements, which may include dead locks, peep holes, keyed-window locks, sensor lighting, or homeintruder alarms. UV pens for property marking and identification purposes will also be offered.

“The Shire of Northam is looking for opportunities to invest in community safety. In this project they’ve injected an initial $20,000, and by targeting vulnerable community members we’re enabling support networks and community partnerships to strengthen an overall sense of wellbeing, and aiming for a corresponding reduction in any sense of vulnerability they may have,” S/Sgt Dixon explained.

“Publicity about the program in Northam has had the added benefit of encouraging the whole community to be more safety conscious, and the program aligns nicely with our corporate strategies around crime prevention,” he said.