Draft Community Safety Plan

Currently in development

Our role in community safety

We're committed to the Northern Beaches continuing to be a safe place for our community.

The Northern Beaches Community Safety Plan is currently being drafted and will provide the directions and actions we need to remain a safe and resilient place to live, visit and work.

Community safety is a complex issue requiring an ongoing whole of community approach. We currently manage safety through such things as:

  • crime prevention through urban design
  • waste management
  • street lighting
  • public events management
  • planning and regulatory functions (including Alcohol Free and Prohibited Zones and outdoor dining permits).
  • hot spot safety audits
  • Closed Circuit TV (CCTV)
  • situational and social crime prevention responses.

Safety perception surveys

Research was conducted in 2019 to assist us in the development of our five-year Community Safety Plan.

Online survey

Completed by 518 residents in September 2019, this research explored what made our residents feel safe or unsafe in their local area.

View online survey results

Phone survey

Conducted by independent research agency Micromex in December 2019 to build on the findings of the online survey.

A total of 401 residents were surveyed to understand their satisfaction with safety and crime prevention measures in their local area and to assess the community's sense of safety living in the Northern Beaches.

View phone survey results

Snapshot of survey findings

Overall results

Our residents generally feel safe in their local area.

Crime prevention

97% of residents are satisfied with community safety/crime prevention on the Northern Beaches

Positive perception of safety

96% of residents feel safe at home.

Negative perception of safety

16% feel unsafe - commonly because of 'violence and aggressive behaviour' and 'drug and alcohol affected people'.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Oct 2019: Community Safety Survey open

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Dec 2019: Stakeholder interviews and research

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Late 2019: Review survey responses and stakeholder feedback

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Early 2020: Community Safety Plan draft in development

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Sep 2020: Public exhibition of draft Community Safety Plan

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Late 2020: Adoption of the Community Safety Plan

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Leanne Martin - Community Safety Coordinator
Phone 1300 434 434
Email Council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au