Staying Safe and Preventing Crime

Home security 

There are many simple changes you can make to reduce the risk of crime affecting your property.

Take action to make it harder for an intruder to enter your home.

  • Make sure doors and windows are locked at all times
  • Install an alarm system and/or security lights
  • Make your home always look occupied
  • Avoid hiding a set of house keys outside of your home
  • Trim overgrown plants where intruders could hide
  • Engrave and photograph your valuables

For more tips visit the WA Police website

Car security 

Just like your home, there are ways to protect and secure your vehicle and lower the risk of car theft and break-ins.

  • Remove all valuables from your car
  • When you leave your car, remove the ignition key and lock the doors
  • Keep your car keys in a safe place out of sight and away from windows and doors where they could easily be taken
  • Consider purchasing a car alarm (check with your insurance company as it could reduce your premium)
  • If you have a garage, use it
  • If you do not have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open space
  • Ensure windows are shut, including the sunroof

For more tips visit the WA Police website.

Safety for young people 

Educating young people on the various issues that can affect them can empower them to make more informed decisions.

Common issues teenagers face may revolve around alcohol and illicit drugs, cyber safety and school leaver celebrations.  

Knowing the consequences of their actions or how to stay safe in certain situations will help them make better decisions regarding their safety and behaviours.

For more information visit the WA Police website.

Safety for seniors

It's important that all seniors are and feel safe in our community. The following home safety tips can help keep you safe.

  • Get to know your neighbours - Good neighbours help to create happier, healthier and safer communities
  • Install deadlocks on doors and windows
  • Carry a personal alarm if you feel unsafe
  • Listen to your instincts, if something doesn't feel right then it probably isn't

Cyber safety

Stay informed on how to stay safe when using computers and the internet. Here are some tips to help make your online experience safe and enjoyable.

Keeping children safe - Tips for parents 
  • Choose a non-identifiable, non-gender specific username
  • Never send a picture of yourself to someone you don’t know, and never place a full profile and picture of yourself anywhere on the internet
  • Never give out any personal information whilst using IM or other networking programs including your real name, telephone or mobile phone number, mailing address, passwords or banking details
  • Never accept a friend, file or download from a person you don’t know, this includes links to a website
  • Know how to save copies of your child’s IM conversations
  • Be careful – people you meet online may not be who they say they are
  • Never give out personal information when you’re chatting online
  • Take a parent with you if you want to meet someone face to face that you’ve only spoken to online
  • Treat strangers on the internet the same as you would treat strangers in real life

For more visit the ThinkUKnow website.

Keeping seniors safe 
  • Having a credit card that you use only for internet transactions will reduce the risk of losing large sums of money if your card number is compromised by hackers. Have a low limit on it and check your statements regularly
  • Only give your credit card details to individuals or companies that you know and trust
  • Print out and keep a record of all transactions and receipts for online purchases
  • Logging off after all transactions will make it more difficult for hackers to access your details
  • Be sparing in providing personal details over the internet
  • Firewall and anti-virus software will protect your computer