Tips to protect yourself when out and about
TO BE safe from crime and violence is a fundamental right for everyone in our community. As we grow older, several factors can impact on our confidence and quality of life.
Take a few extra precautions and be prepared when a risk is identified. This can go a long way to improve your feeling of safety when out in public spaces and at home.
Here are some simple tips we call can take to help protect yourself, your family and friends from the effects of crime.
When out and about
- Always be alert when travelling on public transport. Find the crowded carriages, guards compartment (marked with a blue light) or sit at the front of the bus.
- Always try to travel in groups of friends, if possible.
- Never carry large sums of cash in public.
- Always carry identification and let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be home.
- In NSW - ask your local Crime Prevention Officer about the Next of Kin program.
Protect yourself at home
- Never let anyone you don't know and trust inside your home.
- Always secure your home's doors and windows.
- Don't leave valuables, mobile devices or keys (home or vehicle) in clear view.
- Always report to police suspicious behaviour within your neighbourhood.
Protect yourself from fraud
- Be careful when sharing your personal or financial information such as driver's licence details or date of birth, etc, over the telephone or online.
- Always read any contract or service paperwork carefully prior to paying for any work.
- Never give anyone remote access to your online devices.
- Never access emails from senders you don't know or trust.
If you are or know of someone who is the victim of abuse, call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221.