Community safety

We all have a role to play in making our communities safer.

The City of Stonnington is committed to providing a safe community for everyone who lives, works and visits Stonnington recognising this is essential to community health and wellbeing.

Community safety is about reducing and preventing crime and creating environments where people feel safe and connected.

Community safety covers a range of issues including:

  • protecting your home, car and belongings
  • creating safer public spaces, precincts and neighbourhoods
  • keeping kids and young people safe
  • road, transport and pedestrian safety
  • online safety and scam watch
  • social connection and community building
  • crime prevention for business

Perceptions of safety and crime

  • Entertainment precincts and nightlife areas, laneways, residential streets, travelling on public transport, and bike and shared pathways are places where more people report feeling unsafe.
  • Seeing or experiencing people speeding in cars, litter or rubbish, alcohol and drug debris, graffiti, and noisy, rowdy and inconsideratate behaviour in the street contributes most to feeling unsafe.
  • Just over half (50.9 per cent) of residents felt that they live in a close-knit neighbourhood, significantly less than the Victorian estimate (61.0 per cent).
  • There were 9,494 criminal incidents in 2020, an 8.4 per cent increase from 2019. Public health and safety offences related to COVID restrictions caused the biggest increase.
  • People aged 25 to 34 experience the most harm, and males experience more harm than females. Stonnington has had a higher victimisation rate for the last five years than the Victorian average.
  • Of all crimes in Stonnington, 74 per cent were categorised as low harm crime, 15.3 per cent as medium harm crime, and 10.7 per cent as high harm crime.

For more information, view our safe and connected community(PDF, 150KB) information sheet.

Safer Stonnington strategy

Council is developing a community safety strategy to identify issues that matter most in Stonnington. It will bring together our work with key partners to improve and maintain safety and set a clear vision for a safe and secure Stonnington.

Details of the strategy will be published on this page once available.

Do you have a community safety issue or concern?

You can report an issue to council online about noise, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, footpaths and laneways, street and park lighting, homelessness and other issues.

The City of Stonnington's Community Safety Committee meets every second month to review and discuss concerns raised by the community. The Committee welcomes your comments and feedback. Visit Connect Stonnington to submit your issue.

Report a crime

Visit Victoria Police - Your Safety for information and advice about crime prevention, resources, reporting and increasing your safety. 

Follow Eyewatch - Stonnington Police Service Area on Facebook for information on local community safety concerns and ideas to improve community safety.

Visit the Crime Statistics Agency to explore the latest crime statistics available. Data is available by local government area, postcode or suburb.

Police Stations in Stonnington<

Send your community safety concerns to:

Inspector

Local Area Commander
Stonnington Police Service Area
396 Malvern Road
Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: 03 9520 5267
Email: stonnington-psalocalareacommander-oic@police.vic.gov.au

Malvern Police Station

Senior Sergeant
Station Commander - Malvern Police
288 Glenferrie Road
Malvern VIC 3144
Phone: 03 8823 5600
Email: malvern.uni@police.vic.gov.au

Prahran Police Station

Senior Sergeant
Station Commander - Prahran Police
396 Malvern Road
Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: 03 9520 5200
Email: prahran.uni@police.vic.gov.au