Community Safety

Through the Safer Communities Portfolio Committee, Council works closely with a range of government and community stakeholders to improve community safety where we can. Crime prevention is the responsibility of Victoria Police and the State Government.

Safer Communities Portfolio Committee members include representatives from the Wyndham community, Victoria Police, the Department of Health and Human Services, Women's Health West, UnitingCare Wyndham, Roadsafe Westgate, Odyssey House, Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, and WEstjustice. Together we focus on the safety of Wyndham residents.

As shown in the table below, Wyndham had the forth highest number of family violence incidents of all Victorian municipalities from January 2020 to December 2020, with an increase of13.3% from the previous year. In comparison, other Greater Melbourne growth areas such as Casey recorded up to an 15.5% increase during the same period. 

Between the years ending December 2016 and December 2020, the number of family violence incidents in Wyndham increased by 41.2% which is higher than for Victoria in the same period (23.3%).

The numbers below are the total number of incidents. Wyndham has one of the largest population sizes in Victoria. Measured by the rate per 100,000 people, Wyndham's family incidents rate is lower than Victoria's (1,303.8 compared with 1,379.7).

Family incidents, year ending December 2020

Rank by number of incidents Area Number of incidents Change since previous year Change over 4 years
1 Casey 5,406 15.5% 19.3%
2 Hume 4,272 6.6% 39.0%
3 Greater Geelong 4,283 14.2% 33.7%
4 Wyndham 3,696 13.3% 41.2%
5 Whittlesea 3,311 0.5% 8.0%
- North West Metro Region 29,616 7.6% 25.9%
- Victoria 92,521 7.6% 23.3%

Council's latest Annual Community Satisfaction Survey (2018) found that a higher number of respondents feel safe in public areas of Wyndham during the day when compared to at night.2 The results also show that feelings of safety are higher in shopping precincts compared to on trains. 

Council embraces every opportunity to partner with the State Government and Victoria Policy to improve safety in public places. 

An example of this is the recent installation of lighting and public art in Station Place, Werribee. 

As a result of the upgrades, the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey found:3

  • A majority of respondents felt safe during the day
  • 27% of respondents were aware of improvement at Station Place
  • 34% of respondents felt safer in the area as a result. 

As shown in the graph below, more than one third of incidents in the year ending December 2020 were allegedly committed by offenders aged 10 to 24 years (36%). This is higher than the state average for the same age group over this period (30%).

The proportion of youth offenders in all offences, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending December 2020
The proportion of youth offenders in all offences, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending December 20204
 
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Wyndham has  lower youth offenders rate than Victoria does on average. However, in the year ending December 2020, the rate for Wyndham was higher at 6,417 offenders per 100,000 young people (aged 10-24 years old), while for Victoria it was 5,605.

 

Youth offenders per 100,000 10-24 year olds, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending December
Youth offenders per 100,000 10-24 year olds, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending December 2020

For the year ending December 2020 there were 18,284 offences recorded in Wyndham. This was an increase of 1,523 (9.1%) offences from the previous year. In comparison, there was an annual increase of 3.1% for North West Melbourne and 2.3% in the number of offences recorded in Victoria.

As shown in the graph below, the extent to which offences committed in Wyndham does not differ much from Victoria. There are slightly more crimes against the person and property and deception offences, and slightly less drug and public order offences.

Property and deception offences were the most common offence recorded in Wyndham, making up 51.6% of all offences. Property and deception offences include arson, property damage, burglary/break and enter, theft, and deception. The most common type of property and deception offence in Wyndham was theft (62.3%) followed by property damage (13.6%) and deception (13.6%)

Wyndham City is one of the largest growing municipalities in Victoria with large volumes of new dwellings being built, which are more susceptible to theft and burglary / break and enters when left vacant.

Offences recorded, year ending December 2020
Percentage of recorded offences by offence division, Wyndham Westrern Melbourne and Victoria, December 20206

In the last year there has been an increase in the rate of property and deception offences. In the last five years there has been a decrease in the rate of property and deception offences, public order offences and other offences, but increases in the rates of crimes against the person, drug offences and justice procedures offences.

In 2020, the offence rate in Wyndham is lower than in Victoria in all offence types. Moreover, between 2019 and 2020 offence rates have all decreased more rapidly or grown more slowly in Wyndham than in Victoria with the exception of drug offences, which have grown more quickly in Wyndham.

Recorded offence rate per 100,000 people by offence type, Wyndham, 2016 to 2020 (year ending December)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Change 2019 to 2020 5 year change
Crimes against the person 904 933 935 941 1099 16.8% 21.5%
Property and deception offences 4525 3584 3242 3471 3533 1.8% -21.9%
Drug offences 283 272 275 339 302 -10.8% 6.7%
Public order and security offences 330 334 318 312 263 -18.7% -20.2%
Justice procedures offences 879 750 742 910 847 -6.9% -3.7%
Other offences 10 16 17 13 441 NA NA

Gender7

As shown in the graph below, most incidents in Wyndham were allegedly committed by male offenders in the year ending December 2019 (81.2%). In Victoria, there was a similar proportion (78.5%) of incidents allegedly committed by male offenders during the same period .

Alleged offender incidents by sex, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending June 2020
Alleged offender incidents by sex, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending June 2020

 

Age8

As shown in the graph below, most incidents in Wyndham were allegedly committed by offenders aged 18 to 39 - three quarters of offences were committed by people in that age group. A similar trend is seen across Victoria with more than 70 per cent of incidents being allegedly committed by offenders aged 18 to 39. The greatest difference in the age of alleged offenders between Wyndham and Victoria is in the 30 to 34 years age group. Wyndham has a higher proportion of incidents allegedly committed by offenders aged between 30 and 34 years than Victoria.

Alleged offender incidents by age group, Wyndham and Victoria, year ending JUne 2020
Alleged offender incidents by age group, Wyndham and Victoria, yea rending December 2019

From the following graphic, you can see the number of then number of accidents has been decreasing from 2014 through to 2018.  the In 2018 there were 267 traffic accidents in Wyndham, 92 (or 26%) less than in 2014. The majority of accidents reported resulted in minor injuries, however about a third resulted in serious injuries of fatalities.

In 2018, the most common type of road user involved in a fatal or serious injury accidents were car drivers. In Wyndham, car drivers were involved in 3 fatal and 61 serious injury accidents. This was followed by motorcyclists and pillion who were involved in zero (0) fatal and 16 serious injury accidents.

Number of accidents by injury level in Wyndham 2014 and 2019*
Number of people involved in accident by injury level in Wyndham 2014 and 2019*9

*2019 data is incomplete

 

The following chart provides comparison between Wyndham and Victoria for the type of crashes that have occured. The data presented is for the 2014 and 2018 and represents the fatal crashes, crashes where a serious injury has occured or or minor minor injuries.

The results are the same for Wyndham and Victoria.

Comparison of accident between Wyndham and Victoria 2014-2018

The following chart show the number of injuries that were incurred in the above graphic. in 2018 the average number of injuries per accident was two. This, however, includes those three accidents where four people lost their lives and 76 where people were seriously injured.

Of the 665 people who were involved in an accident, more than half (52%) suffered no injuries and a third (36%) suffered only monor injuries. 

Number of people involved in accident by injury level in Wyndham 2014 and 2019*
Number of people involved in accident by injury level in Wyndham 2014 and 2019*9

*2019 data is incomplete

The next chart shows a comparison between Wyndham and Victoria for the proportion of injury type incurred. Overall, the accidents that occur in Wyndham resulted in proportionally less injuries, but a similar proportion of fatalities.

Comparison of accident injuries between Wyndham and Victoria 2014-2018