What you can do
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The City of Sydney is proud of the reputation of having safe streets and a friendly population. However, it also understands that concerns about personal safety exist in the community.
Our Safe City program works closely with the police and community groups to provide the following safety guidelines. By taking the necessary precautions and looking after each other, we can make Sydney as safe as possible.
Lock up when you leave
Make sure you lock your doors, windows and outside gates whenever you go out, and consider locking up when you're home.
Don’t open your door to an intruder
Think about installing a peep hole or door chain. Be sure you know who is at the door before you open it.
Lights at night
Leave a light on while you're home, especially at your front door to deter burglars. If possible, install movement-sensor lights in your garden. Think about timers to light your home in the evening and when you go away on holidays.
Don’t tempt a thief
Make sure your doors are locked and windows are closed when you have stopped at traffic lights. Always keep valuables hidden and think about buying a steering wheel lock.
Protect your belongings
Engrave your belongings with your name. They will be harder for thieves to sell and easier to be returned to you.
Never carry large amounts of cash. At night, stay in well-lit areas where there are lots of people. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, go to a busy or bright place like a shop. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
If you are assaulted
Report the incident to the police immediately. Try to remember the attacker’s appearance.
If you see a syringe
Call the 24-hour needle clean-up line on 1800 633 353. The syringe will be removed by a trained health worker.
Don’t go up in smoke
A smoke alarm that is properly installed and maintained can save your life.
Have a plan
Being woken by a fire can be confusing, but having a fire evacuation plan will ensure that everyone in your household will know what to do and where to go.
You can remain anonymous if you wish to report a crime.
Tel: 1800 333 000
Domestic violence line
Tel: 1800 656 463
Police Assistance Line
Tel: 131 444
Last updated: Monday, 7 January 2013