Personal Safety

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Adelaide is one of the safest cities in Australia, but it’s important to be aware of your personal safety and to protect yourself and your property.

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If you feel unsafe, the South Australian Police can be trusted and are here to help you. In case of an emergency, call 000 or for non-urgent police assistance call 131 444.

Home Safety

  • Check your home has working smoke alarms (these are compulsory by law)
  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms when daylight saving time starts and ends
  • Don’t leave doors or windows unlocked
  • Take out insurance to cover your belongings against theft and damage and keep records of model numbers (take photos)
  • Have your name and phone number engraved on valuable items like laptops

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Street Safety

  • Keep alert and walk with confidence
  • At night where possible, walk with friends and keep to well-lit areas
  • If you regularly walk alone, vary your route and carry a personal alarm
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you
  • Always have your keys ready as you approach your car or home
  • Check public transport timetables to minimise waiting time
  • Sit near the driver on buses, trains and trams
  • Keep car doors locked when driving and keep valuables out of view
  • Minimise the amount of cash you carry and don’t use ATMs in dark or isolated locations

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Beach Safety

There are some simple but important things you can do to keep yourself and your friends safe at the beach:

  • Be aware of your swimming ability
  • Never swim alone
  • Swim at patrolled beaches and swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Be aware of currents and powerful tides and rips
  • Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Always check the depth of the water and never dive into the water
  • Follow Surf Life Saving’s safety tips
  • Download the Surf Life Saving Beachsafe App that gives you the latest information about patrol status, facilities and hazards to weather, swell and tide of every Australian beach.

Looking for more water safety information in your language? Click here for resources, including videos that have been translated into 18 languages.

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Data Safety

  • Ensure your PINs and passwords are secure
  • Beware of scams and don’t give your details to strangers
  • Be cautious with emails asking for financial information; be confident they’re real before clicking any links
  • Keep your mobile phone out of sight and locked with a PIN when not in use
  • Find out how to secure your mobile phone at the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest scams at Scamwatch

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More Information

For more safety and security tips, check out the South Australian Police crime prevention and security page.

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