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Student Safety — Melbourne

When you are out and about, particularly at night, it is important to be alert and aware of your personal safety.  In particular:

  • Think ahead: consider how you are going to get home (e.g. taxi, friend, etc).
  • Try to remain with friends at all times.
  • If you are going somewhere alone, ensure some is aware of your movements.
  • Make sure you carry your mobile phone at all times in case of emergencies.
  • Be wary of casual requests from strangers, like someone asking for a cigarette or money - they could have ulterior motives.
  • Try not to carry your wallet or valuables in a way that might attract the attention of others.
  • Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone or it is dark.
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking - let them know that you have noticed their presence.
  • Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street or in a car - continue walking.
  • When going to your car or home, have your keys in your hand and easily accessible.
  • Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.
  • Ensure that key contact information such as police and security are either in your mobile phone or in your purse/wallet.