Student Safety — Queensland
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.
The thinkbefore.com international student safety campaign is designed to sharpen international student's safety skills. Being aware of safety issues will help deliver a positive student experience when studying in Australia.
The thinkbefore.com team is distributing important tips and information through videos on Youtube and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.