Personal Safety

Safety for Seniors

Contrary to belief, seniors still only represent a very small percentage of crime victims.  Research has shown that those who appear confident and take security precautions are less likely to become victims of crime. By introducing a few common sense practises into your daily routine you can give yourself, your family, friends and neighbours a much greater peace of mind. For more information click here.

Safety and Security Rebate Scheme

From 1 January 2014, WA Seniors Card holders can apply for a new rebate to improve their safety and security. This includes:

  • Up to $200 for a personal safety device.
  • Up to $200 to upgrade or replace security if you have received the previous security rebate and then experienced a break-in from 1 January 2014.

For more information please visit the Government of WA website at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/seniors-card/government-concessions-and-rebates-WA-Seniors-Card/Pages/Safety-and-security-rebate.aspx

Scammers Alert

Scammers can come in many forms and guises and can strike in a variety of ways ranging from banking and online scams to mobile phone scams. Many scams originate overseas or take place over the internet, making them very difficult to track down and prosecute. If you lose money to a scam, it is unlikely that you will be able to recover your loss. Here are some simple tips to avoid scams, and remember when something seems too good to be true, it usually is!!

  • ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
  • Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
  • Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
  • You can contact your local office of fair trading, ASIC or the ACCC for assistance.
  • NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
  • Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
  • Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.

Visit scamwatch for more information on how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ 

Youth

Contrary to popular belief young people aged 16 – 24 are actually more likely to be victims of crime than any other age group. Below is some helpful information on just some of the issues young people may face and some useful hints, tips and links to help deal with those issues and stay safe.

Theft
One of the highest crimes amongst young people is theft, particularly of items such as mobile phones. Theft of mobiles from young people makes up a large proportion of all mobile phone related thefts across Australia.

  • Mobile phones are valuable, both to you and potential thieves, so take care when using them in public. Avoid having them on display, or talking on them in busy areas where they can be easily snatched.
  • Always keep your phone deep inside the internal pocket of your jacket or coat, whenever walking through any street.
  • Never leave your mobile phone unattended. It only takes a second for it to be grabbed. Keep it secure and out of sight.
  • Never reveal your PIN code or SIM Lock code under any circumstances, unless an authorized party is asking for it.
  • Register your phone with your network operator, so that if you phone is stolen you can have your phone number disabled as soon as possible.

Cyber Safe
In the digital age we live young people can now put themselves in compromising or vulnerable situations online without even knowing. They can readily access the internet and/or social media sites such as face book and unknowingly attract unwanted attention, become a victim of cyber bullying or become a victim of something like identity theft. It is important for young people, parents and teachers to recognise when this may be happening. For more information visit http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/.
Cybersmart is a designed to provide information and education which empowers children to be safe online.

Party Safe
Hosting a party for teenagers?

The guide Hosting a Party for Teenagers provides information and advice for parents when considering hosting a party with teenagers or allowing them to attend a party elsewhere. For more information and advice please visit the WA Police website.

Link: http://www.police.wa.gov.au/Yoursafety/Hostingaparty/tabid/1353/Default.aspx

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YouthCARE

If you or someone you know is experiencing problems or has been a victim of crime and needs someone to talk to, remember the Shire actively supports YouthCARE; a pastoral care service delivered within many schools throughout the Shire of Kalamunda.

For more information and useful links please about Youth Services click here

 

 

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