Council welcomes crime prevention funding

19 June 2013

AlburyCity has welcomed $101,000 in State funding to boost crime prevention activities across Albury.

Council today received grants of $44,000 and $57,000 respectively to tackle home burglaries and graffiti around the Hume Freeway. The grants were announced by Member for Albury Greg Aplin and Attorney General Greg Smith.

AlburyCity Mayor Cr Alice Glachan welcomed the funding as a major boost to community safety and crime prevention.

“Tackling graffiti and preventing break and enter are key focuses of our Crime Prevention Plan,” Mayor Glachan said. “Preventing crime requires a whole of community response and this funding will help Council work with Police and residents to reduce crime around our city.”

“Council plans to work with victims of burglary by providing home safety audits and offering $150 subsidies on security equipment including window locks, security doors and fences.”

“It will also allow us to undertake a community awareness campaign which will help educate residents about the things they can do around the home to prevent crime.”

“Break and enter figures have been trending downward in recent years and this funding will help us deliver important initiatives to make sure that reduction continues.”

Council will also use a $57,000 grant to continue a graffiti prevention program around the Hume Highway. The funding will see public artworks installed around the Highway pedestrian bridges to deter vandals and prevent damage from skateboarders.

“These areas are targeted by vandals who frequently tag the walkways and freeway barriers. Public art is an effective deterrent and these are going to be a great way to make these gateways to our city more welcoming."