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Benefits of Being a Safe Community

A safe community is a real community

An accredited safe community benefits from more than just injury prevention, community safety management systems and crime prevention, they see:

  1. A reduction in the numbers and cost of injuries and violence
  2. A promotion of health and safety in their community
  3. A sense of community pride
  4. People and families to move to their community
  5. A demonstration that they can make difference at a local level
  6. A change perceptions
  7. An improvement in the quality of life for themselves and their community
  8. Lives saved
  9. A decrease in duplication across government departments of all levels and the community
  10. A systematic approach and proven model to allow for gaps and emerging issues to be identified.

Perceptions of community safety, whether they are real or perceived, impact on the way people feel and interact in their community. Community safety is not just about injury prevention and crime prevention; it is about building strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.

Community-based safety promotion has been proven as an effective intervention to both promote safety and reduce the injury burden. This is achieved by significant community development and coalition engagement and programmes such as falls prevention, road safety, safety at work, safer public places, water safety and outdoor/sports safety.

For individuals and families

Individuals and families enjoy a sustained quality of life, ongoing participation in work, leisure and educational activities, and preservation of income and assets.

For organisations

The benefits of safety at work and awareness of injury prevention include reduced disruption to operations, increased productivity, retention of valued staff and reduced levies.

For the wider community

The wider community has a lot to gain from having a safer, positive and more productive population, and from less demand being placed on the health care and justice systems due to injury