Safe City

Safe City

The City's first safety summit

Solutions to crime, alcohol, drugs, street safety and sex industry management issues were explored at the City of Sydney's first safety summit held on 5 December 2013.

The day-long summit at Customs House involved around 100 representatives from a range of organisations including NSW Police, Sydney LGBTI advocacy groups, youth services and businesses.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was vital that everyone involved in making Sydney an even more safe and liveable place – from government agencies to health and community groups – worked closely together to tackle complex safety issues.

Keynote speaker, associate professor Dr Murray Lee, of the University of Sydney addressed the summit followed by discussion from panel members, including representatives from NSW Police, UTS Design Out Crime, the Alcohol and Drug Service Inner City Health Program, St Vincent’s Hospital and the Factory Community Centre in Waterloo.

The City has a range of measures in place to manage safety and improve community awareness on safety issues from special event security and late-night summer programs to neighbourhood barbecues, more brightly-lit night-time precincts and alcohol-free zones.

Safe city summit panel members and Deputy Mayor Robyn Kemmis

Safe City summit panel members and Deputy Mayor Robyn Kemmis

A full report will be prepared following the summit and results will be incorporated in a new Safe City Strategy, a plan that will assist the City and partner agencies to deal with crime and behavourial issues across central Sydney.

Making Sydney a safer place

Safe City is a multi-faceted program to address the safety and security issues of people who live, study, work or visit the local area. We work together with police, residents and community groups to address identified safety concerns.

The focus is on preventing crime and helping to make Sydney a safer place. Some of the work so far includes:

  • developing agreements between police and licensed venues to reduce underage drinking and anti-social behaviour
  • developing a syringe management strategy to improve drug safety
  • increasing street safety cameras in known crime hotspots
  • working with communites in City villages to resolve specific crime and safety concerns
  • releasing educational campaigns to promote safety and enoucourage the reporting of crime.


Safe City's crime prevention campaigns have considerably reduced theft in the local area. The campaigns provide simple reminders to visitors, workers and residents in the local area to take precautions so their personal property is protected from opportunistic crime. The campaigns have addressed offences such as theft from individuals and motor vehicles. 

You can order campaign materials using the Safe City resource order form. Campaign materials that are available include:

  • Magnets
  • brochures
  • business cards.

Glebe community safety plan

Crime in Glebe is a genuine concern for residents and businesses. The City is working closely with individuals and groups to address the issue.

The Glebe community safety plan was the first of its kind. The 3-year strategy took into account the local community's role in tackling crime. You can download the plan below.


Safe City02 9265 9333


NSW Police: Crime prevention

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Last updated: Monday, 9 December 2013