While Sydney, a large multicultural city, is generally perceived to be a safe city by world standards, it is still wise to avoid situations which could be dangerous.
Personal safety and security is a matter of common sense and awareness. Trust your instincts. If in doubt, move away. Here are a few tips for your personal safety and security.
Personal Safety When You Are Out And About
- Always be alert to your own security.
- Don’t make a show of expensive items such as iPods, phones or other electronic equipment. Keep these hidden away when out in public and not on display.
- Take extra care when working on night shifts. Many students work late night and travel alone.
- When out late, always stay in well-lit areas and try to stay in groups. If you must be alone, try to stay in open areas where there are people around and avoid poorly lit areas. Always take a road that is well lit and has some traffic, even if it's not the shortest way home. Avoid taking short cuts through parks and lane ways.
- Avoid catching public transport late at night. If you must, sit near the designated safety area or near the train guard or bus driver.
- In an emergency, dial 000 as a free call from any telephone 24 hours a day for fire, police and ambulance.
- Programme emergency services 000 into your phone.
- Keep wallets, credit cards, cash and ATM cards out of sight. Avoid withdrawing cash from ATMs at night.
- If you feel you are being followed, or you see a group of youths, cross the street, and if you are still worried, move as quickly as possible to a public area (such as a restaurant) and then telephone for help.
- If you experience a street robbery, remain calm, comply and hand over your cash and/or phone. Avoid resisting as you may be injured. Try to get as good a mental picture of the person or persons who have confronted you. Make sure you lodge a police report as many of these incidents never get reported. The Police are there to help.
- Places like railway stations, pubs and mall areas can be unsafe at night so avoid these areas, particularly if you are on your own.
- Be extremely cautious about reacting to any racial comment you hear. Avoid confrontation - it is better and safer to walk away if you are being provoked.
- If you are going out alone, let friends know where you are going and when you will be back.
Personal Safety While On Campus
Safety at the Beach
- For all students that have a mobile phone, we ask that you be pro-active and program the Campus Security number into your phone in case it is ever needed.
- If you have night lectures ask a classmate, teacher or Security officer to escort you between buildings and campus car park if you feel unsafe.
- Look after your personal property. If you are studying in a classroom or in the library, or eating in the cafeteria, make sure you take your property with you if you leave your study area for whatever reason. If you ride a bicycle to campus, make sure that you lock it with a heavy chain and padlock.
- Report any threatening incidents to the College International Student Coordinator, teacher or counsellor.
It is very common for most Australians to grow up around water and have good swimming skills and you may well be invited to go to the beach by new friends. Remember to be careful when you go to the beach.
- Never run, jump or dive in shallow water.
- Always swim at a beach patrolled by lifesavers.
- Always swim between the flags where the water is more predictable.
- Do not swim at the beach if you are not a confident swimmer.
- Never swim alone.
- Join an adult swimming class at your local pool if you want to learn to swim or improve your swimming skills.
- Always lock your car and take your keys with you.
- Be sure your windows are secured.
- All packages should be hidden in the trunk when the car is left unattended.
- Never leave valuables inside a car visible - including stereo systems.
- Never leave items containing your name or address visible in your car.
- Install a quality anti-theft device which disables the electrical and fuel systems of the vehicle.
Home Security Tips
House-breaking is one of the most common crimes. Most house break-ins appear to be crimes of opportunity with entry gained through an open or unlocked window or door.
Some General Security Tips:
- Your house number should be clearly visible from the street in case of an emergency.
- Keep your front door locked when you are at the back of the house.
- Do not leave messages on the front door. It lets people know you are not home.
- Avoid having parcels left on the door step.
- If you have to have something delivered while you are out have the neighbours collect it.
- When out, leave a radio or television on or a light in the evening to give the impression you are home.
- Keep cash and valuables out of sight.
Home Security is an issue for you to consider when you are deciding on a place to live. Windows and doors should preferably have security screens or locks; doors should have dead-bolts, a security chain and a peep hole; and if the property has an alarm system – that would also make it an excellent choice.