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Griffith student joins Council’s Safety Team

Published: 22 August 2014

Griffith student joins Council’s Safety Team
Criminology student Tailor Holst helping out with a safety audit at a Logan park.

A Griffith University Criminology student is using her placement at Logan City Council to study how local perceptions of crime are influenced by the media.

Tailor Holst, a third year Criminology student, will spend 100 hours with Council's Safety Team as part of her course, and is already enjoying the hands-on role.

Joining Council in July, she says the placement provides the ideal opportunity for her to develop her research project, which not only looks at the links between media messaging and perceptions of crime in a particular location, but how communities can address the things that influence attitudes towards safety.

The project directly reflects a key action of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan, which is to consider suitable responses to perceptions and realities of safety.

Tailor is also participating in day-to-day activities with the Safety Team, including helping undertake safety audits across the city based on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) principles.

CPTED audits have long been a regular practice by Council, however, as a Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan initiative, Safety Planners now undertake at least one proactive audit a month in a different part of the city.

As a result, a number of parks and bikeways have already been upgraded, improving community safety in a number of neighbourhoods.