Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will launch Council’s Suburban Businesses Crime Prevention grants (SBCP), on Tuesday October 2 to enable local businesses to implement crime prevention measures and improve community safety in their area.

Cr Quirk said Council would provide $1 million in SBCPG grants to small businesses over the next four years, so they could introduce measures to act as crime deterrents such as CCTV cameras, improved lighting, security fences and anti-graffiti paint.

“As part of our shared Living in Brisbane strategy for 2026, we want this city to be a place where everyone feels safe, without fear for their personal safety or property security,” he said.

“Over 2012-13 we have made $250,000 available through two grant rounds to Brisbane businesses who apply for funding for a crime prevention project.

“Suburban businesses can often attract anti-social or illegal activities during the day or night and this funding will empower them with the ability to help make Brisbane’s suburbs safer places to live, work and play.”

Cr Quirk said grants will be awarded to businesses looking to reduce opportunities for crime, improve the perception of safety in their suburb, educate local residents on personal safety or implement effective graffiti prevention, removal and management strategies.

“Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000, with Council providing 50 percent of the funding needed for the project with the remainder to be provided for by applicants,” he said.

“I encourage businesses to apply for these grants so we can work in partnership to help resolve safety concerns in their local community.”

Applications for the Suburban Businesses Crime Prevention grants close in November 2012.

To find more information about the grants and to assess your eligibility, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or phone Council on 3403 8888.