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We work with the police, businesses, residents and other stakeholders to increase safety in the city through community projects, education, crime prevention and urban design.  


 Perceptions of Safety 2017

Perceptions of Safety 2017 Key Findings​ are the results from the survey conducted in 2017 throughout the Wollongong Local Government Area. We had 354 people respond to the survey. They were evenly divided between comments about their neighbourhoods and comments about the City Centre.

People mostly feel safe both day and night throughout the LGA, especially around places with a high level of community activity, for example, restaurants and cafes.​

Key Findings from Perceptions of Safety Survey

In 2014 Wollongong City Council conducted a survey with the local community to find out how they felt about their personal safety. They were asked how safe they felt in their suburb, at their local shopping centre, neighbourhood and in the City Centre.

820 people answered the survey, including students and workers who may live elsewhere but work within the City Centre.
Residents, workers and students, for the most part, felt their local neighbourhood was a  good place to live and felt completely or mostly safe there. When questioned about the City Centre, people also felt safe but identified places and issues of concern that challenged their perception of safety.
The Survey's Key Findings provides details on what issues are of concern, areas we need to work on and how we can make Wollongong feel and be safer.
The Perceptions of Safety Survey's Key Findings are available below. Copies of the report can also be viewed at your local library and community centre.

Wollongong Police Safety Video

Wollongong Police have put together a  video with some great tips to help keep you and your family safe. You can view the Community version below, or watch the special version for International students on YouTube.


Current Projects and Partnerships:

I Belong in the Gong




The project aims to create a safer experience for women in the City Centre and surrounding areas. There is no place for harassment and abuse in Wollongong. If you need help, contact security or police or find a store with the "I belong in the Gong" logo and you will get the help you need.

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Have you been paying attention? These stickers have started appearing in bars all around Wollongong. Venues with these stickers have committed to:
  • Providing a welcoming and friendly environment for all
  • Helping people to report threatening and harassing behaviour if appropriate
  • Supporting people who are being threatened
If you see this logo, let us know with the hashtag #Ibelonginthegong. Let's work together to make our city safer and more inclusive for everyone.


Alcohol Free Zones and Maps

Public drinking on streets and footpaths is prohibited within the designated Alcohol Free Zone areas. The zones are endorsed by Council, enforced by Police and valid for a period of four years. Alcohol Free Zones are renegotiated at the completion of the period, and feedback from the community is welcome. Alcohol Free Zones are currently located in:  

PDF iconBerkeley

PDF iconCorrimal

PDF iconDapto

PDF iconHelensburgh

PDF iconThirroul

PDF iconWarrawong

PDF iconWollongong

Bushfire Protection / Management 

We work with emergency services in bushfire prevention and management.

Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan

The Plan provides us with a strategic direction to increase public safety. Read the full Community Safety Plan 2016-2020, or if you'd prefer a shorter version, check out the Community Safety Plan 2016-2020 Snapshot.

Community Safety Audits 

Conducted by request for areas exhibiting social behaviour, public drinking or vandalism.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) 

Ensures crime prevention measures are part of new buildings and infrastructure.

City Centre Street Camera Program (CCTV) 

Street cameras have been installed in crime 'hotpots', primarily in the central business district (CBD) of Wollongong to help the police detect, prevent and prosecute assaults, robberies and other offences


The Wollongong Community Drug Action Team [WLDAT] The team's purpose is to help communities work together to prevent reduce alcohol and other drug harms and issues. For information visit their website.

Emergency Wollongong 

We are committed to providing a safe and secure community. We provide information about how to prepare and act in a local emergency.

Health Safety Regulations 

Our health inspectors ensure business operators comply with regulations in areas such as food safety, cleanliness of air conditioning cooling towers and skin penetration industries.

The Community Safe Reference Group

The CSRG aims to bring partners together (NSW Police, Local, State and Federal government agencies, non-government agencies, and the community) to identify and drive the development of specific strategies to improve and enhance community safety in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

Wollongong LGA Liquor Accord

An agreement developed by a number of local stakeholders, including liquor outlets and suppliers, Council and police. The Accord aims to reduce alcohol-related harm and crime, and improve the social environment, safety and well-being of people in the Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA). Visit the website to find a group.

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