Personal security tips in Australia
Security and personal safety is a matter of common sense and awareness. With the recent tragic brutal killing of our fellow Indian techie, a reminder to all to exercise caution.
While crime of such nature is not a common occurrence, they might occur and chances are very low thus making your personal security utmost important at all times. It is your own responsibility. There are certain precautions we can take that can minimise our risk in this regard.
Here are some personal security tips you should keep in mind whether walking to your car, public transport or home.
1. Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. If someone grabs your bag, let it go. If you hang on, you could get hurt. Remember your safety is more important than your property.
2. Carry your car and house keys in your pocket. Walk with confidence
3. If possible, do not walk long distances alone. If there is no one to walk with use well lit streets with footpaths and regular pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
4. If you think someone is following you, check by crossing the street (more than once if necessary) to see if they are following you. If you are still worried find the nearest well lit place where there are people gathered and call the Police.
5. Where ever possible walk facing oncoming traffic so that a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.
6. Do not take short cuts through dark alleys, parks or waste land.
7. While walking, do not wear music earphones and do not read.
8. If someone stops to talk to you or ask directions, always remain at least two arm lengths away from them.
9. If you are an victim of an attack call the Police on 000 straight away. You can assist them by:-
– taking the names or addresses of any witnesses;
– trying to remember exactly what the attacker looked like; and
– if a car was involved, try to note the colour, model and registration number
10. If the incident occurred either on the way to or on the way home from work, report the incident the next working day.
11. If you feel that your security is at risk by the method you travel or the route you take, you should make alternate arrangements. What duty of care do Australia employers owe employees?
12. If you see anything suspicious or a crime committed do not hesitate to ring “Crime Stoppers” on 1800 333 000, the Police Assistance Line on 131444 or report the matter direct to your local police station.
These security tips aren’t an exhaustive list but something worth following. Here is the link of another list which has been published by University of Western Australia