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responded to quickly when they do occur. While the ACT experiences low crime rates compared to other jurisdictions, the ACT Government acknowledges that property crime does not discriminate; it can affect anyone and is often opportunistic in nature, requiring residents and business owners to always remain vigilant.

ACT Policing is committed to maintaining its visibility and presence throughout Canberra, including in Molonglo. The Officer in Charge of Woden Police Station attended several local events throughout 2020 and 2021 to proactively engage with the Molonglo region and will continue to do so as COVID- 19 restrictions allow. Target areas for patrolling are based on intelligence drawn from a number of sources – including community involvement and engagement directly with ACT Policing. ACT Policing’s Intelligence Team analyses a variety of information sources to identify patterns, convergences and prioritisation to maximise crime reduction opportunities and increase community safety.

The Chief Police Officer for the ACT has acknowledged publicly that, as Molonglo continues to grow in population, ACT Policing expects there to be an increase in reportable crime. Population growth is a contributing factor to increases in crime in any area.

In consultation with the ACT Government, ACT Policing is transitioning to a community-focused, proactive model of policing under the Police Services Model (PSM) to ensure the ongoing safety of the Canberra community. This includes a Strategic Accommodation Plan that will consider future policing needs. Additionally, education and public messaging are important components of crime prevention, community safety and enhancing confidence in police. ACT Policing is committed to raising awareness of community safety through active engagement with the entire community and the delivery of effective safety messaging.

ACT Policing Intelligence advises on patterns of offending in the area surrounding the Coombs Shopping Centre and officers will continue to work with the building owner and tenant to share the responsibility of ensuring the community is safe. ACT Policing encourages continued reporting of suspicious behaviour by members of the community, in order to be able to prioritise its resources effectively and efficiently.

Sufficient police for a faster response time

Canberrans can be assured that police resources have always been available to support and protect our community – and always will be. Like all organisations, ACT Policing has to manage its resources appropriately in line with operational priorities, which impact police response times. ACT Policing prioritises its responses to life threatening emergencies first, followed by incidents where there is an immediate threat to a person or property.

Canberra’s condensed geography means that officers can move across the territory in a timely manner, with police regularly undertaking duties in different patrol zones if resources are required. ACT Policing has access to many resources to respond to incidents in Molonglo, in addition to those located at Woden Police Station, and its dispatch system ensures the closest and most available resources are allocated. While police stations will always be a part of

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