Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Household Security  

  • Lock up when you leave - make sure you lock your doors, windows and outside gates whenever you go out, and consider locking up when you're home.
  • Don't open your door to an intruder - think about installing a peep hole or door chain. Be sure you know who's at the door before you open it.
  • Leave a light on while you're home after dark, especially at your front door to deter burglars. If possible, install movement-sensor lights in your garden. Think about timers to light your home and when you're away in the evenings or on holidays. 
  • Report suspicious behaviour to Police.
  • Make sure your letterbox is secure and can't be accessed by others.
  • Leave spare keys with a trusted friend, never in hiding places.

Car security 

  • Lock It, or Lose It - make sure your doors are locked and windows are closed when you stop at traffic lights. Always keep valuables hidden and think about buying a steering wheel lock. 
  • Engrave your belongings with your name. They'll be harder for thieves to sell and more easily returned to you. 

Personal Safety

  • Never carry large amounts of cash. At night, stay in well lit areas where there are lots of people. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, go to a busy or bright place like a shop. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Carry your handbag in front of you and close to your body, or keep your wallet inside your front pocket.
  • Let people know where you are going and when you are due back.
  • Be alert when on public transport. Sit near the guard's compartment or driver.
  • If you're assaulted, report the incident to police immediately. Try to remember the attacker's appearance. 
  • Syringes - If you see a syringe in a public place, call Council on 4732 7777 so it can be removed by a trained worker.