Building them up
Local police are encouraging community members to focus on building strong relationships with them.
Senior Sergeant of Portland Police, Paul Phelan said, it's important if a crime has occurred or residents notice anything suspicious at all, give them a buzz and let them know.
You can remain anonymous.
"We've got a real strong focus on community safety... we really want to encourage building strong relationships with our local community and instilling the confidence with our community to report matters to us in a real timely manner."
"We'll get situations where we might have a theft or something similar reported to us or a burglary but sometimes we find out that this might be the second, third or sometimes fourth time that a similar incident has occurred, yet we've never been told about it. So very hard for us to investigate .. with the passage of time and the loss of evidence and witnesses and things like that."
Senior Sergeant, Paul Phelan encourages the community to ring the local police when anything unusual occurs.
"If it's non-urgent they can also ring our Police assistance line and report matters online, through 13 1444. And of course if it's urgent they can ring 000."
Mr Phelan said, it's not just about crime.
"It's around any sort of suspicious activity that they might detect, we'd really encourage them again to give us a right at the station or they can report it anonymously at Crimestoppers."