Keeping our Remote Communities Safe

As part of our Safe at Home Program we also run an initiative to increase personal safety and feelings of safety in Remote Communities.

Findings from consultations and literature review conducted by VOCNT indicate that the key concern in many remote communities is domestic and other physical violence. The strategies for overcoming this issue are, of course, many and complex, crossing many government and non-governmental agencies. We play our part in this area by liaising with local authorities, remote communities, outstations and regional councils and other relevant service providers to identify crime risk reduction measures and providing the resources to implement those measures, as well as oversee the implementation. Whenever possible the program tries to develop mechanisms to build local service delivery capacity in remote locations through working with existing programs like CDP.

 

VOCNT believe that communities know what solution works best for them as they can identify culturally appropriate security arrangements for remote communities and townships as well as assist in the provision of such arrangements to improve safety in remote areas.

This may include areas such as:

  • Improved street lighting
  • Accessible and functional telephones
  • Creating ‘safe’ internally securable rooms at key locations
  • Personal Safety Device
  • CCTV cameras
  • Intercom and swipe card system

Within this context  and informed by crime data Victims of Crime NT  provides finance to implement the strategies as well as oversee the projects

In the pilot phase of this SAH Remote program, ten communities (Maningrida, Yuendumu, Mutitjulu Kalkarindji, Wadeye, Borroloola, Ngukurr, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak and Ali Curung) were prioritised based on population size in Remote NT. For each community following activities were conducted:

  • Identifying key stakeholders
  • Engagement
  • Consultations – identifying crime prevention strategy,
  • identifying suppliers,
  • developing project management plan,
  • procurement,
  • implementation of security measures and finally
  • evaluation

Outcomes from this initial pilot project include:

Yuendumu Community have reported NIL incidents since the installation of CCTV Cameras through the Safe at Home Remote Program.

The existing Safe Houses at Yuendumu & Papunya Communities (which were unsafe and unusable) were secured and are now safe for victims of personal violence to seek safety and shelter

We are now seeking to engage with new Communities and we are keen to hear from YOUR COMMUNITY if we can be of help.