Safe at Home

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SC Renai Gildersleeve, Sgt Jules Leighton, A/Insp. Chris Martin and Const. Marshall Bloom with some of the stakeholders participating in the Vulnerable Victims program.

The collective efforts of local stakeholders and service providers will increase safety at home for vulnerable persons in Geraldton.

The Vulnerable Victims program puts in place safety measures such as sensor security floodlights, glass break motion alarms and LED security lighting for community members who may be experiencing crime, but may not have the means or resources to take preventative measures themselves.

The Mid West-Gascoyne District Engagement & Support Unit, City of Greater Geraldton, Mission Australia, Elite Electrical and Bunnings have come together to deliver the program which will provide, install and maintain crime prevention devices for those in need.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was great to see local stakeholders come together to deliver a program which will have such a positive flow-on effect in the community.

Mission Australia are advocates for access to safe and secure housing as part of ensuring independence and connection within a community. They will offer ongoing support to those identified as part of the program.

Geraldton Police Acting Inspector Chris Martin said the initiative is set to make a massive difference across Geraldton and the wider Mid West-Gascoyne District.

Criteria such as age, disability, financial hardship or repeat offences of burglary, trespassing or stealing at a particular residence will be used to qualify a person for assistance,” he said. “We make assessments on a daily basis and identify people who are deemed vulnerable and may benefit from the program.

“Because the security measures will be maintained free of charge, there’s an ongoing commitment to crime prevention. Police will also be providing links to various support services to ensure additional care and ongoing contact is maintained.”