Message from the Chief Commissioner

Street Smarts

Thu 2 December 2010

Constable Kitty and I spend a lot of time outside and on the street when we are on patrol and you should be careful when you are out and about.

There are many different activities you might do on the street - you might be walking on the footpath, riding your bike, whizzing around on your skateboard, crossing the road or just travelling in the car with mum and dad. 

We thought we would speak to some kids like you and find out what they know about keeping safe when out in the street.  This is what they had to say:

  • "Always walk across the road, never run."
  • "Hold a grown-up's hand when you cross the road."
  • "Always wear a helmet when you ride your bike."
  • "Never tell anyone if you are home alone."
  • "Always walk on the footpath."
  • "Don't talk to strangers."
  • "Stop, look, listen and wait when crossing the road."
  • "Always wear your seatbelt in the car."
  • "Get in and out of the car on the kerb-side."
  • "Do not skateboard or rollerblade on the road."
  • "Know what your full name, address and phone number is."
  • "Never tell anyone on the phone that your mum and dad are not home"

Being safe in crowds

Constable Kitty and I do a lot of patrols at big events like the football, carnivals and fairs as well as the Royal Melbourne Show.  Sometimes we come across kids who have lost their mum and dad.  So, to help you when you attend a big event, we recommend you read the following handy hints - even read them with your mum and dad.

  • Know your full name, address and telephone number.
  • Stay close, within sight, of your mum and dad at all times.
  • Never wander away from mum and dad when you are in a crowd.
  • If you lose your mum and dad, stay still, do not go searching for them.
  • Ask a police member to help you.
  • Never accept gifts from strangers or go anywhere with a stranger.
  • If someone tries to grab you, yell 'stranger' as loudly as you can and struggle as much as you can.
  • Have mum or dad write down their phone number on paper and put it in your pocket.
  • Plan a meeting point with mum and dad.

Speak to your parents about what you would do if you got lost at an event with lots of people around - they might be surprised that you know exactly what to do after reading this information.  And remember do not panic, police are always there to help.

Safety on public transport

Constable Kitty and I have some police friends that work on public transport every day.  They are from the Transit Safety Division.  Their job involves travelling on public transport to make sure you have a safe trip and that no-one is breaking the law.

We told our friends from Transit about all the kids who visit us online and they wanted to give you some information to help you travel safely on public transport.

  • Make sure you know the safest place to stand while you are waiting for either the bus, tram or train.
  • Be careful when getting on and off public transport - be aware of what is around you.
  • Be respectful of other people travelling on public transport.
  • Level crossings can be dangerous.  Be sure to look both ways and listen before you cross.
  • You must have a ticket to travel on all public transport.
  • If there are no seats available make sure to stand away from the doorway and hold onto the handrail.
 
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