Crime in the crosshairs at safety summit

Crime in the crosshairs at safety summit

Solutions to crime, alcohol, drugs and street safety have been explored today at a Safe City summit hosted by the City of Sydney.

The day-long summit at Customs House involved around 100 representatives from a range of organisations including NSW Police, Sydney LGBTI advocacy groups, youth services and businesses.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was vital that everyone involved in making Sydney a safe and welcoming place – from government agencies to health and community groups – worked closely together to tackle complex issues.

“This is the first time such a diverse and specialist group of people has come together to take a unified approach to improving safety in our communities,” the Lord Mayor said.

“With over a million people visiting the city centre every day, we all need to work together to create an environment where people of all ages and backgrounds feel safer at all times of day and night.

“The City has an excellent relationship with NSW Police and our late-night ambassador program is a terrific example of the kinds of programs we can initiate when we work collaboratively. At today’s summit I look forward to hearing other approaches on managing safety in the city.”

Keynote speaker, Associate Professor Dr Murray Lee, of the University of Sydney, will address the summit followed by discussion from panel member, including representatives from NSW Police, UTS Design Out Crime, the Alcohol and Drug Service Inner City Health Program, St Vincent’s Hospital and the Factory Community Centre in Waterloo.

The Lord Mayor thanked participants for their efforts to help make Sydney a safer place through co-operative efforts that strengthen local communities and increase social inclusion for residents, workers and visitors.

From special event security and late-night summer programs to neighbourhood barbeques, more brightly-lit night-time precincts and alcohol-free zones, the City has a range of measures in place to manage safety and improve community awareness on safety issues.

“We are already taking a proactive approach and improving lighting in our streets and parks, and collaborating with police on CCTV camera operations as part of our Safe City Strategy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our camera network has 87 cameras and spans from The Rocks to Woolloomooloo, George Street to Kings Cross and from Surry Hills to Glebe.”

A full report will be prepared following the summit and results will be incorporated in a new Safe City Strategy, a plan that will assist the City and partner agencies to deal with crime and behavourial issues across central Sydney.

Pic caption L-R: Associate Professor Dr Murray Lee, from the University of Sydney; Central Metropolitan Region Commander NSW Police Mark Murdoch; Deputy Director of Designing Out Crime UTS, Rodger Watson; Safe City Manager Lisa Simone; Associate Professor Nadine Ezard and City of Sydney Deputy Mayor Robyn Kemmis.