Whether it's violent crime, road safety, or a lack of trust in local officers, police want to learn more about the community's concerns.
The region's police have launched the Community Safety Survey, giving residents of the Ararat, the Northern Grampians and the Yarriambiack shire the opportunity to voice their safety concerns and inform police priorities.
Northern Grampians Local Area Commander Jo Janes said members across the region were eager to listen to their local communities.
"Local police live and raise families within rural communities. Meaning on a personal level police are also very passionate about community safety and have a vested interest in making the community safe for everyone," she said.
While police have begun addressing key divisional priorities for the year - road trauma, high harm crime, and supporting victims of crime - Ms Janes said it was important to gain a clear understanding of what the community is most concerned about.
"I encourage the community to help inform what police should focus on by sharing their views about key safety concerns and how they think police should be addressing them," she said.
"This survey is a unique opportunity to let us know what is a safety priority for you. Let us hear your ideas on what we should start doing, stop doing, or keep doing to better to support your safety."
Ms Janes said the survey would also be an important tool to gauge how likely residents are to report suspicious behaviour or crime.
The survey is being conducted for six-weeks and is available online. QR codes will be placed at locations around the region.
Members will also attend community events and station themselves at prominent meeting places to offer people easy access to the survey.
Hard copies will be made available to residents without internet access, though they are not preferred due to hygiene concerns.
To complete the survey, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/victoria-police-northern-grampians-safety-survey.
Police are urging people to include their postcode so that responses can be tailored to the right areas.
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