The Queensland Police Service works to keep Brisbane a low crime city and QUT strives to keep its campuses safe. In addition, students also share the responsibility for their own personal safety. You may wish to consider the following advice.
- Carry only necessary credit cards and money for your immediate needs.
- Avoid showing off with displays of expensive watches, jewellery, high end mobile phones, notepad computers, digital cameras, MP3 players or designer bags, sport shoes and clothes. You will only draw attention to yourself from the wrong people.
- Avoid lonely places, especially at night. Walk only on well lit walkways away from shrubs and trees. Do not take short cuts.
- Do not stop to provide strangers with directions, a cigarette or light at night.
- When you are socialising, don't leave your drink unattended, don't drink too much; keeping a clear head makes it easier to make wise decisions when it comes to personal safety.
- Develop a buddy system to go out grocery shopping and socialising until you feel comfortable with the environs you visit.
- If exercising, always jog with a group of friends.
- Don't use earphones connected to a portable music device when out exercising as It can distract you from who and what is happening around you.
- Report anyone who looks like they don’t fit in or are behaving suspiciously to Security on extension 85585.
- Carry a mobile phone with you and download the SafeZone app.
- If you are on campus at night, use a security escort or the night security bus service provided.
- If you feel unsafe on campus anytime use the SafeZone app or phone extension 85585 and request a Security Escort to accompany you to public transport or your car.
- If assaulted don't suffer in silence. Report the incident. Reporting the incident to Security on extension 85585 does not commit you to a court case. Police action will only be taken if you wish.
- Be sensible about your security and enjoy yourself in our beautiful city and wonderful climate.
We would like you to meet George; he is an international student studying in Australia.
George is the face of a new safety campaign called Think Before and he stars in his very own animation.