​Crime prevention

Where can I find information to help my clients keep themselves safe in the community?

There are things you can do to keep yourself and
your home safe:
  • Know your neighbours — if you know who lives in your neighbourhood it will be easier to identify a suspicious person in the area.
  • Don’t put your holiday plans on social media — you can make yourself a target for burglars.
  • If you can set a timer for the lights at home to go on and off at specific times — it will look like your home is being occupied.
  • Lock all doors and windows when you are not home or home alone. If you have any sliding doors, place a rod in the track to prevent thieves from forcing the door open.
  • Never leave any possessions inside your car.
  • Do not keep garage door openers in a car parked outside you home. A thief can break into your car and use the garage door opener to enter your garage and possibly your house.
When you are out you should:
  • have enough money for a taxi or telephone call
  • have your keys ready before you get to your home or car
  • carry a personal alarm or whistle if you don’t feel safe
  • park your car in a busy area with good lighting
  • if you are threatened by someone in a car, run in the opposite direction to the direction the car is facing
  • shout as loudly as you can if someone attacks you
To keep your personal information safe you should:
  • shred your personal information before you throw it away — such as anything that has your address, phone number, date of birth, credit card information, bank number or password
  • not share your details with people you don’t knowf someone steals your identity, call the police
If someone steals your identity, call the police.

If you are the victim of a scam or cybercrime you can report it to Fair Trading NSW or Scamwatch.

Site content is current as at November 2018

​For more information

You can find more information about how to keep yourself safe at home, online and in the community from NSW Police


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