Police Gather At Chermside To Remind The Public Of Personal Safety

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Police officers are handing out leaflets at the Chermside shopping and public transport precinct to remind the public to take some preventative measures to increase their personal safety when out in public spaces.

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Queensland Police Service (QPS) has partnered with Westfield Security and BCC security to create a safe environment for members of the public, by handing out more than 3,000 Safer Living for Queenslanders booklets.

The booklets cover core personal safety strategies; dealing with confrontation; and situational strategies for in the home, online, out and about, public transport, in the car, for children, for seniors, in the workplace, and in the social scene.

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Whilst we all have the right to be safe and it is important for people to be aware of it and exercise this right, QPS reminds the public that they also have responsibility for their own safety.

“Adopting practical safety strategies can help reduce the risk of victimisation and assist you to respond effectively if your safety is threatened,” QPS stated.

When out and about, these are some things people can do to appear confident in their surroundings: 

  • Always exhibit strong and positive body language to appear self-assured.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and alert to what is going on around you.
  • Listen to, trust, and act on your instincts and if you sense danger from someone, something or a place, immediately remove yourself from the situation
  • Remove headphones or use of your mobile phone while out walking or crossing the road – distraction reduces your awareness of what is happening around you and can make you more vulnerable to a potential offender.
  • Wherever possible, walk in well-lit areas and face oncoming traffic.
  • Ensure you inform someone where you are going and an ETA for your return.
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According to QPS’ Online Crime Map from 16 September 2021 to 15 March 2022, Chermside has recorded 62 cases of assault, 10 cases of robbery, and 9 cases categorised as ‘other offences against the person.’

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If you observe suspicious or threatening behaviour, contact police immediately and if it is safe to do so, respond to any calls for assistance.

You can report via Policelink or via 131 444 for non-urgent concerns and 000 for emergency.