Safety Tips

Crime Stoppers Victoria offers weekly crime prevention and safety tips to help keep Victoria safe.

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Safety Tips

  1. If you know you will be out, have your parcels redirected to the local post office, or organise a trusted neighbour to collect them in your absence.
  2. If given the option, consider scheduling deliveries for when you know you will be home.
  3. Leave detailed instructions for your delivery driver, to avoid confusion regarding which house is yours, and whether there needs to be a signature upon delivery.
  4. Consider purchasing a parcel locker for your deliveries to be left in.
  5. Be wary of scam text messages or emails with links to track your delivery. If you are not expecting a delivery; see any spelling mistakes, a lack of personalisation, a suspicious URL link; or feel that the colour or quality of any logos or images does not match the organisation's official website, this may be a scam.
  1. Be mindful of oversharing personal details on the internet. 
  2. Protect your personal information, and keep track of who can see your posts, by regularly updating your passwords and reviewing your account's security settings.
  3. If you are meeting someone you know online for the first time in person, be sure to tell a friend or family member where you are going, and who you are meeting. 
  4. Keep your device and browser up-to-date with the latest updates, or consider enabling automatic updates.
  5. Only download content from, or provide banking details to, trusted websites.


  1. Plan how you are getting home before you head out, by confirming a designated driver; checking public transport times; or organising a taxi or rideshare. 
  2. Safety is a team sport. Consider keeping a close friend or family member updated on your plans.
  3. If drinking, know your limit and when it's time to stop.
  4. Whether dancing the night away or picnicking in the park, keep your belongings close.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings, and trust your gut if things feel wrong.
  1.  Always lock your vehicle, even when it's parked in your driveway or garage.
  2. Consider installing security cameras on your property.
  3. Keep your car keys hidden away from doors and windows.
  4. Always take your valuables with you when you leave your vehicle. 
  5. If you are unsure whether you locked your vehicle, double check.
  1. Make your trip home easier by following official roads; taking your phone, map or GPS; and letting someone know your plans.

  2. Drive to the conditions of the road, not your deadline. If you are driving for a long period of time, remember to take plenty of rest stops.
  3. Safety first! If the car's on, your seatbelt should be too. 
  4. Do the right thing and always drive sober.
  5. Overtake with care, and keep lane changes to a minimum.

For more road safety tips visit the VicRoads website.

  1. Take the guesswork out of travel by planning your trip to and from your destination.
  2. Keep track of your valuables, and never leave any items unattended. 
  3. Drink responsibly, and always stay sober behind the wheel. 
  4. Safety is a team sport. If you are travelling with a group of friends, look out for one another and keep someone up-to-date on your plans. 
  5. Consider postponing sharing holiday snaps on social media until after you have arrived home.
  1. Lock your doors and windows before you head out.
  2. If possible, keep your pets indoors or in a secure backyard with a high fence so passers-by cannot gain access.

  3. Think about where you are going, and only bring essential items with you.

  4. If you are heading out overnight, consider setting up a timer to turn a light, TV, or radio on inside to deter burglars.
  5. It’s important to have a plan in place for how you can safeguard your deliveries while away from home. Consider asking a trusted neighbour to collect your mail while you’re out of town, or get deliveries re-directed to your local Post Office.
  1. Lock your doors, windows, and garage, even when you are at home.
  2. Keep valuable items, such as your car and home keys, hidden from windows.
  3. Take note of any strangers or unknown cars on your street.
  4. Consider trimming your front yard, and installing sensor lights to increase on-street visibility.
  5. Got five for a quick chat? Consider reaching out to a neighbour. You might be surprised by what they have noticed around the area. 
Crime Stoppers Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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