Safer Community Swinburne

The Safer Community Program is your one-stop shop for all student welfare support and campus security services. Safer Community aims to encourage students and staff to play a significant part in campus safety by looking out for one another.


Speak up. Save lives.

  • Do you feel lost lonely, hopeless, or have thoughts about hurting yourself or others?
  • Are you worried about the safety or wellbeing of someone you know?
  • Have you been bullied, harassed, or receiving threats or unwanted attention?
  • Are you confused or unsure about what to do about your problems?

Safer Community can offer:

  • A safe space for all to voice their concerns about their own safety and wellbeing and that of their peers.
  • Personalised student support, safety advice, and referrals for victims of crime, violence, sexual assault, harassment, and bullying.
  • Ways to manage behaviours that are worrying you (i.e., how to tell someone to ‘please stop and go away!’).

Safety Tips

Prevention is better than cure. Crime can happen anywhere and anytime. Protect yourself, others and your properties by staying observant, safety-conscious and informed. Trust your instincts.

Sign of Suspicious Behaviour

  • Attempting to enter a residence or vehicle without proper access or behaviour.
  • Body language that is suspicious (Suggests being watched or chased)
  • One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning an area
  • A person seemingly forced into a vehicle
  • An individual displaying unusual mental or physical symptoms
  • Unusual noise (screaming, sounds of fighting, dogs barking, gunshots etc.)

ATM Safety

  • Visits ATM during day time rather than at night time.
  • Visit an ATM which is located at a busy, public area.
  • Go with a friend, especially if you must use an ATM at night time.
  • Stand directly in front of the machine to conceal your Pin number.
  • Cancel your transaction and walk away if anything seems suspicious.
  • Pocket your money immediately.
  • Immediately report lost or stolen ATM cards

Safety at Night

  • Try to avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • Let someone you trust know where you are and when you will be done, if you must work or study late.
  • Keep your room door closed and locked.
  • Close and lock the door when leaving your room, even if only for a few minutes.
  • Keep emergency phone number handy in case of intrusion, fire or other emergency.
  • If you are followed, go to the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for help or contact the police.

Public Transportation Safety

  • Stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Do not fall asleep while riding public transportation.
  • Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty of people are at the bus stop or train stop.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Place wallets in front pocket and carry a purse with a strong strap.
  • If possible, sit near the driver or operator.
  • Is someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, “Leave me alone” and move to another seat in the bus or train.

Residence Safety and Security

  • Always lock your door (Even during short naps or when you are just down the hall).
  • Use the peephole and identify who is at the door before you open it.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to the Security Guards.
  • Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans.
  • Don’t keep large sums of cash in your room.
  • Report broken windows, door latches or lights to the Accommodations Office so repairs can be done quickly.
  • Require identification and authorization from all service people/staff.

Vacation Safety and Security

  • Do not publicise travel plans. Do not announce vacation itinerary especially in social media.
  • Before leaving, close and lock all windows, close all shades, and lock and bolt the entrance door.
  • While on vacation, don’t carry large amount of cash and bring a fully charged power bank.
  • Leave your itinerary with your trusted friends.

Vehicle Safety and Security

  • Keep windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Park in well-lit and well-travelled areas.
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle and look in your back seat before entering.
  • Make sure your car runs well and always has plenty of gas.
  • Keep your hand phone close by and full-charged.
  • Never pick up strangers and never go with a stranger.
  • If you park at the multi-storey parking, keep your access card in your wallet rather than inside the vehicle. Immediately report lost or stolen access card.
  • Store valuables in the car’s truck, or at least, hide them from the view.
  • If someone approaches your vehicles and attempts to enter, blow the horn to atrrac attention and drive away.

Personal Safety

  • Take responsibility for yourself on a night out.
  • Know how you will get home
  • If you are out for clubbing, eat before your go out and drink plenty of water. Drinking a glass of water or a soft drink between alcoholic drinks will help you not to get drunk.
  • Do carry a personal alarm with you (Male students stand a much higher risk of being attacked in the street).

Keep your personal information personal

  • Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to identity theft or be casual with your personal details.
  • Be very suspicious of emails, texts or phone calls requesting personal information, passwords, PIN numbers or account details.
  • Carefully destroy papers carrying bank or cards details. Always keep your receipts and destroy them too.
  • Never let your debit or credit card out of your sight in shops, restaurants etc. to prevent copying or cloning.
  • When shopping online, check that the website shows a padlock or unbroken key icon.

Walk Safe

The most at-risk road users are pedestrians.

  • Be aware of local traffic patterns.
  • Learn pedestrian rules and conventions.
  • Assess local pedestrian safety. Determine whether pedestrian rights are generally obeyed.
  • Be alert to reckless driver behaviors and a disregard for pedestrian right-of-way.
  • Avoid walking where you cannot be easily seen.
  • Cross only at designated crosswalks; do not jaywalk.
  • Be alert at intersections in countries where traffic pattern differs from yours.
  • Watch for signals and lights that are hidden or in unfamiliar places.
  • Reverse curb drill (look right, left, right) in countries where traffic pattern is reversed.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is none, walk on the side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night, bright clothing by day.

Ride Safe

  • Learn safety modes of transportation and plan accordingly.
  • Learn which bus and taxi companies have good safety records.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overweight and top-heavy buses, minivans and taxis which appear to be in poor condition.
  • Avoid riding with drivers who seem to be under the influence of alcohol or medication, or appear over-tired, irrational or distracted.
  • Be sure that taxi has functional, accessible seat belts. Ride in the back seat with buckled seat belt.
  • Board and disembark with care, especially where drivers collect or let passengers off in the middle of the road.
  • If driver is not driving responsibly, express your concern. If driving behavior does not improve, disembark at first safe opportunity.

Cycle Safe

  • Avoid motorcycle, scooter and moped travel. If this form of travel is unavoidable, insist on a regulation helmet, even when it is not required by law, or bring your own.
  • Cycling in a foreign country can be a dangerous mode of transportation. Understand road realities and local bike road culture.
  • Take the less dense path. Only use roads that have bike lanes or pathways designated for cyclists. If no such pathway exists, bike on a road on which the cars do not go faster than you can bike.
  • Cyclists are most safe when they operate as if they are driving a motor vehicle.
  • Make sure that your bike is in good condition.
  • Use reflective gear and bright colored shirts to stay visible at all times of day or night.
  • Consult weather forecast for planned routes.

Drive Safe

  • All students (especially International Students) must have a valid driving license. Please apply if you do not have one yet.
  • In many countries it may be safer to hire a highly responsible, well-trained, professional driver than to drive a rental car or call Uber.
  • Rent well maintained vehicles, equipped with safety features including seat belts, shoulder lap belts, daytime running lights, air bags, and child restraints.
  • Check tires (tread and pressure), headlights, wipers, and brakes.
  • Get information about local highway regulations, signs, customs, right-of-way conventions, driving conditions and seasonal hazards.
  • Familiarize yourself with controls in the car before driving. Drive around the car park before setting off on the road.
  • Move driver and front passenger seats back as far as possible.
  • Do not use a cell phone while driving.
  • Always wear seatbelts.
  • Don’t drink and drive.