The Northern Territory (NT) is a place where most people feel safe - but the unexpected can happen.
A few simple precautions can improve your personal safety and make life in the NT more secure.
Out at night
Walking home alone after dark, even a short distance, makes you vulnerable.
Avoid it any way you can. Walk with friends, take a taxi, call a minibus or arrange a lift.
Don’t put yourself at risk. Remember, alcohol makes you more confident but less competent.
On the street
When out on the street you should:
- stay alert, walk confidently, and know where you are heading
- go to a well-lit area if you feel unsafe
- make sure friends know where you are going and when you plan to return
- walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic
- carry a personal safety alarm or mobile phone
- keep the volume of your headphones at a level that you can still hear what is happening around you
- avoid overgrown areas, blind corners, and places where someone could hide
- be wary of anyone, particularly in a car, who asks for directions or tries to engage you in conversation
- not carry cash or valuables, if possible
- carry any bag on the side furthest from the road and don’t let the bag or straps hang loosely
- keep valuable items such as you mobile phone out of sight.
If you are harassed take a note of:
- the person’s appearance and clothes
- what their vehicle looks like, if any
- their vehicle's number plate, if possible.
You should report the matter to police as soon as you can.
On the bus
When on the bus you should:
- know the timetables so you don’t have to wait long
- at night, choose well-lit stops near other people, if possible
- carry a mobile phone, spare change or a phone card for emergencies
- sit near the bus driver if there are only one or two other passengers
- alert the driver or contact police if the behaviour of others is offensive or illegal
- complain loudly to draw attention to yourself if you are harassed or threatened
- arrange to be picked up after dark if there is distance between the stop and home
- keep any personal belongings secure.
On the road
When on the road you should:
- service your vehicle regularly and check your fuel gauge before travelling
- keep a torch, pen and paper in your car
- have your car keys ready when approaching your vehicle
- check for people loitering when entering or leaving your vehicle
- keep windows up and doors locked
- don’t stop to help others who wave you down if you’re alone and there is no traffic
- never pick up hitchhikers
- ignore others driving aggressively
- not leave valuables inside the car where they can be seen
- not leave your vehicle if you have an accident and if others involved are aggressive - exchange details through a partly opened window with your doors locked
- put your hazard lights on, raise the bonnet and stay in your car if it breaks down - don’t accept a lift from passers-by and stay with your vehicle until help arrives
- consider joining the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory (AANT) for roadside assistance.
At the shops
When out shopping you should:
- keep cash and valuables concealed
- not leave your purse, wallet, bags or valuables in the shopping trolley
- be alert to people loitering nearby
- keep an eye on your bag while loading shopping into your car
- keep your bag close to you - don't wrap the straps around your wrist
- draw attention to yourself by protesting loudly if your bag is grabbed - note the appearance of the offender and contact police.
At the ATM
When using an ATM you should:
- not let people see you enter your PIN
- avoid using ATMs in isolated or dark locations
- count your cash out of sight of others
- memorise your PIN
- hit 'cancel', withdraw your card and walk away if you feel unsafe or that you’re being watched.
Last updated: 05 February 2019