Out and About
Your safety on the street
- Look both ways before crossing the road and watch for vehicles and bicycles that go through red lights.
- Never carry large amounts of money with you.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Take notice of people & street names.
- Constantly talking or texting on your mobile will make you less alert.
- Walk with confidence. Always try to walk with a friend or in a group, especially at night.
- Keep to populated well-lit areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts, especially at night.
- Avoid isolated areas.
- Do not play music so loud that you are not aware of your surroundings. You won’t hear that person, tram, cyclist or car approaching.
- Vary your route. Don’t set a pattern
- Bags and handbags should be carried close to you. Ensure they are zipped and secure at all times.
- Don’t leave your belongings unattended.
- Have your keys ready to quickly enter your home or car.
- If someone grabs your bag, do not resist. It is better to lose your bag than to be injured.
- Ignore verbal abuse, always report incidents and try to remember details.
What you can do if you suspect you are being followed
- Be suspicious; keep looking behind you so the person knows you cannot be surprised.
- Cross the street and/or change direction.
- Go to a well lit area that is busy with people where you feel safe.
- Call Campus Security if you are on campus or the Police everywhere else.
Always seek help if you are feeling unsafe or unsure of your surroundings, and seek assistance if you have been a victim of crime, by contacting Victoria Police or Campus Security. Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings. Most offenders hope to avoid confrontation or being caught, and choose targets that they perceive as vulnerable.