To help keep your home safer, be familiar with the following tips on home safety.
- Join Neighbourhood Watch - your neighbours are your most valuable assets, visit the Neighbourhood Watch website for more information
- Deter theft by engraving your valuables
- Reduce possible hiding places by trimming trees and shrubs
- Lock away your valuables and ensure your backyard is secure
- Make sure the front and rear of your property is well lit. Consider installing motion detector lighting
- Install a Western Power approved lock on your meter box to protect your power supply
- Fit external doors with deadlocks and windows with security locks
- Make unlawful access to your property difficult by fitting security screens to doors and windows
- Fit an approved alarm system - burglaries are less likely if an alarm is fitted.
To help keep your car safer, be familiar with the following tips on car safety.
- Practice “look, lock, leave” when you park: look around your car and remove any valuables, lock your car and leave it in a well-lit or visible area, near other cars
- Never leave keys in the ignition, in the vehicle or hidden on or around the vehicle when left unattended
- Choose well-lit areas when parking at night
- Lock all doors and ensure the windows are completely closed every time you leave your car
- Never leave any valuables on display – lock them in the boot prior to arrival or take them with you
- Where possible, fit an anti-theft device: immobiliser, wheel lock, alarm or locking wheel nuts
- Do not include your car registration number or a personal address on tags attached to your keys
- Do not leave registration papers, driver’s license, cheque books, credit cards or other documents that could identify your home or be used by thieves at a later stage.
Your community is an extension of your home and a stronger community provides the foundation for you to feel safer and enjoy your surroundings. Use these personal safety strategies to help you develop a better sense of security in a variety of environments.
- Be aware of your surroundings
Always consider your surroundings in a relaxed, positive way to enable you identify potential danger and take action to avoid it. Maintaining an awareness of your surroundings will also help you identify places or people that may provide assistance, if needed.
- Have a personal safety plan
A personal safety plan involves safety strategies that suit your lifestyle and abilities. It involves adopting preventative measures that can reduce the risk of victimisation as well as strategies to respond effectively should safety be threatened. For example, if you are running at night, make sure you are aware of any potential dangers and be prepared to call for help or defend yourself should your safety become threatened.
You instincts are usually right. If you have a bad feeling about someone, or if you feel threatened, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the source of potential dancer. This could mean walking or running away, leaving the party or nightclub and going to a place where you feel safe.
If you witness incident consider your own safety first, before attempting to assist or only assist when it is safe to do so. For all life-threatening situations call 000 immediately. Report any safety concerns to the police (1300 365 356).
To help keep your child safe and aware, encourage them to be familiar with the following tips on personal safety.
- To make sure your child knows important information like their full name, parent or guardian's full names, their address and phone number
- Never go anywhere with someone they don't know, even if they offer them lollies, money or ask them for help
- Don't go into cars or house of neighbours they don't know very well unless a parent or guardian says it is okay
- Have a secret code word that your child and only a parent or guardian knows
- Even trusted people shouldn't ask your child to do something that makes them uncomfortable or scared
- It's okay to say "no" to adults
- Should say "no" or "stop" if someone touches them inappropriately, and make sure they tell a parent or guardian immediately
- If they are lost or in danger, to locate a public phone dial 000 for free
- Be as loud as possible if in danger.