Personal Safety

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their daily lives and we are all encouraged to have strategies to deal with situations, should your personal safety be threatened.

Strategies to help you feel more confident about your personal safety.


At Home

  • Consider installing security screen doors to your front and back entries and keep them locked.
  • Always ask who's at the door first before opening it and if it’s a stranger only talk to them through the locked door.
  • If a stranger asks to use your phone, direct them to the nearest public phone box, or make the call for them – Do Not let them in.
  • Don’t give personal details over the phone to strangers. eg marital status, work hours, type of employment, number of occupants etc
  • Teach your children not to speak to strangers on the phone or on the street.
  • Consider a Safety Plan for situations where you may feel unsafe or threatened – like a fire drill.  Discuss with your family and also consider developing a network of people you trust and can contact for advice or assistance in an emergency.  This may also include friends, neighbours and police.
  • If you feel your personal safety is at risk, call the police on 000 immediately.
 
On the Street 

  • Walk purposefully and be aware of your surroundings.  Take notice of street names and the location of public telephone boxes.
  • At night, if possible, keep to major well-lit streets and avoid dark areas.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk close to the road, or cross to the other side.
  • When using an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), look around first to ensure nobody is watching you.  Try and use your body as a shield to prevent anyone seeing you enter your PIN.  Immediately place all cash in your wallet/pocket – never count it in front of the ATM.
  • Bags should be held closely and carried on the side of your body furthest from the road.  If your bag is grabbed, release it, and if possible, empty the contents onto the ground.  This will prevent injury and may deter the thief from stealing all your property. eg car keys, personal items
  • Don’t carry large sums of money.
  • If you are on the street, or in a public place, and feel your personal safety is at risk, seek assistance from by-standers and/or call police on 000.
  • Wait for police in a public location with high visibility.
 
Public Transport
 
  • Where possible sit with others.
  • If you are harassed or assaulted, complain loudly to draw attention to yourself.
  • Check timetables in advance, avoid long waits at platforms, particularly in the evening.  Be prepared if you have a long wait for your train, tram or bus.  Stay in well lit areas or wait near local shops.
  • Park you car as close to the station as possible and have your keys ready when you leave the station.
 
Assault

If you have been assaulted:
 
  • Try to go to a place where you feel safe.
  • Contact police for an emergency assistance Free Call on 000 as soon as possible, to report the assault.  This will assist investigators and increase the chances of the offender being caught and prosecuted.
  • In the case of sexual assaults, knowing your attacker should not stop you from seeking help or taking legal action.

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