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Top tips for keeping personally safe

POLICE TIPS: Be aware and stay personally safe.
POLICE TIPS: Be aware and stay personally safe.

BEFORE you head out for the day, take the time to consider some of the following valuable personal safety tips.

The police remind us personal crime offenders target people they perceive as vulnerable and likely to offer the least amount of resistance.

Having these tips in mind may help you have a safer, happier day.

When out and about

  • Appear confident, self-assured and comfortable in your surroundings through strong, positive body language. Look 'streetwise' rather than fearful.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and alert to what is going on around you.
  • Listen to, trust and act on your instincts. If you sense danger from someone, something or a place, immediately remove yourself to a safer place.
  • Do what you think will best preserve your safety. Options include running away, screaming, negotiating with the attacker, calling for assistance, and using physical self-defence as a last resort.
  • Don't put up a fight for your bag or other possessions. If someone threatens you and tries to steal your belongings, the safest option is to surrender the items. Take not of the offender's description and immediately report the incident to police.

Did you know? Wearing headphones or using a mobile phone while out walking can reduce your awareness of what is happening around you and make you more vulnerable to an attack.

What to do it you are assaulted

  • If you are a victim of any form of assault, you are encouraged to report the incident to police.
  • If you observe suspicious or threatening behaviour, call police. You can dial 000 (triple zero) in an emergency, even if your mobile phone is locked.
  • If safe to do so, respond to any calls for assistance. Assisting others in need is important and may prevent or stop an assault escalating.

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