We've launched Safe Havens, a new participatory public safety initiative. Safe Haven businesses will commit that if they see any violence or hate in their business or outside they will report it to Police.
Nathan Cook from Podium Bikes (above right) describes it as being like safety houses for businesses. He urged other business owners to join him in setting up Safe Havens.
Our local experience, the research and overseas experience all shows that when people take this responsibility for our public spaces then crime is reduced!
The Safe Havens concept was endorsed by both Logan City Council and the Qld Police Service. In response, residents from all across Logan have committed to visiting their local shops, explaining the idea and asking them to become a Safe Haven.
Gerard, Linda and Devett (right) were part of our first Safe Havens team in Logan Central. After a great response from local businesses we're taking it right across Logan City.
So we need you to join them. We'll pair you up with people from your area and give you resources, but it's your real conversations that can make this happen. Sign up below and we'll connect you with others in your local area.
A similar initiative was developed by Citizens UK, a community organising alliance like ours, in Lewisham. Check out their story here: