Property Surveillance and Security Levy
The property surveillance and security charge covers a range of programs and services to improve neighbourhood amenity.
What does the property surveillance and security levy cover?
The security levy covers Community Safety Service (CSS). The CSS is a 24 hours, 7 day a week mobile patrol service. CSS aims to create a safer, more secure community through a mobile surveillance and liaison service, and is an important part of achieving the City's shared vision of a Safer Melville. The CSS exists to support our Police and not to replace them. The CSS comprises a number of clearly marked vehicles operating throughout the City of Melville at all times. The CSS deals with a wide range of issues from observing, monitoring and reporting suspicious behaviour to Police, conducting holiday watch patrols for residents at no additional costs as well as assisting during storms, natural disasters or other community safety issues
Why do I pay for it when I only own vacant land?
The property surveillance and security charge covers a range of programs and services to improve neighbourhood amenity. These include the reporting of graffiti and community development programs for groups such as at-risk youth and the elderly. The aim is to improve overall safety and security, and make Melville a great place. This helps to maintain property values for owners.
Vacant land can be damaged (e.g. fences), have material dumped without authorisation, or people may congregate and cause a nuisance (e.g. drug use & discard used needles).
In addition, some vacant land is improved during the year with new building construction. The CSS can observe and report on any problems during this important phase when the building is mostly not occupied.