Police pin point the top issues for the region
The way we provide a service to the community is assessed in many ways - sometimes by the government and always on a daily basis by the people we deal with.
One of the internal assessments we use is a process known as CompStat. It is done twice a year, and the August review of our Division (Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula) was led by Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright. Our performance as a division is quite pleasing across an number of measurements - particularly around road policing, where we have seen a reduction in both fatal and serious injury collisions - but there are always areas we can improve on.
Theft from cars
Theft from cars on the Mornington Peninsula continues to be an issue. W
e have had some recent improvements, particularly around Mornington, but more can be done. On the blog I have spoken about the need to secure your valuables and your car, and the STOP team have been active in promoting the message. But, we still need your help.
If you make it an attractive proposition, opportunistic thieves will rat through your car. Please think about it when you leave your car in your driveway, at the shopping centre or at the beach. Don't leave valuables in the car, and please make sure you lock it. It is the most effective way to protect your property.
Violence in public spaces
The other issue that requires further consideration is violence in our public places. One person assaulted in the street is one too many. Over the coming months, we'll employ a number of policing strategies to reduce this violence, however this is a problem everyone can help with.
Let us know when you see a problem. Speak to your local police about issues in your area. Send me a comment if you'd like. Speak with your children - particularly teens - about what is going on when they are out, about how are they interacting with other kids, and about how they find the parties they attend. Look at the way you drink and relate to others when you are out. What about your friends? Are they going to get themselves or you into trouble? Pull them up if they are. I have been blogging here about Party Safe and about the work we do around the streets.
In the coming months that will continue. We will be working hard to reduce the violence. What will you do?
What do you think?
So, that's what our data and analysis tells us are amongst the issues we need to be focused on. But what about you? What do you want to tell us about the service we provide you? What concerns you most? What do you think we need to be doing to maintain a safe secure and orderly society?