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Safety and security tips

Be aware of puppy scamsNew - Be Aware of Online Puppy Scams

SA Police has seen a recent increase in fraudulent advertisements for puppies online. Scammers’ tactics are extremely sophisticated which often leaves even the most vigilant people out of pocket.

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Selling onlineAttention online sellers

There have been reports of robberies after victims have listed items for sale on popular buying/selling websites and social media. Items commonly targeted are Apple products, jewellery, designer shoes/clothes, and vehicles.

If you are selling items online then please follow this safety advice:

  • Always meet in a public space that you are familiar with, ideally in an area with CCTV cameras, during daylight hours.
  • Gather details about the potential buyer before meeting -- their name, phone number and email address.
  • Tell at least one person where you are going and who you are with, consider bringing someone else along.
  • Ask for identification from the buyer e.g. a driver’s licence, if they request a ‘test drive’.
  • Take note of the person’s appearance and their vehicle and registration number.
  • Be conscious that fake internet banking records can be created. Do not hand over items until you see the funds arrive in your account.
  • If the buyer wishes to pay with cash, confirm they have money to pay. Sometimes the offenders are hoping to grab the items quickly and run- reducing their exposure and minimising the chance of being identified.

Bushfire prevention
Are you covered?

These are some less obvious tips police recommend you consider to keep your home safe and secure.

You don't have to go to the extremes of wrapping up your home to make it secure, simply locking doors and windows is a great place to start.

are you covered - Home security tips 

are you covered - Home security poster

Business security
Caravan and holiday security and safety
Home and vehicle security
Scams and cybercrime
Internet safety and security

Visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, a one-stop-shop providing:

  • information and resources on how to stay safe online
  • a complaints process to assist children who experience cyberbullying
  • online reporting of offensive or illegal online content.

Visit Think you know for cyber safety resources and information including:

  • factsheets and guides for parents and youth on cyber safety issues and apps
  • information on the ThinkUKnow program and on parent, carer, teacher and youth presentations delivered by SA Police members and partners of the ThinkUKnow program.

To book a youth presentation contact your local police station and ask for the Crime Prevention Section. To book an adult presentation book online via the ThinkUKnow website.

For more information about internet safety and security please go to the Scams and Cybercrime page.

Personal safety
Personal safety - Emergency preparedness
Rural and farm security
Think about it (Youth safety)
Triple Zero (resources for kids)

Play the Triple Zero kids challenge online

Order a free CD of the Triple Zero kids challenge with extras from the Band of South Australia Police

Triple Zero kids challenge colour in sheet

Halloween resources

Crime prevention presentations

South Australia Police offers crime prevention and safety presentations on:

  • personal safety
  • home security
  • safety online
  • business security
  • armed robbery prevention.

Contact the Crime Prevention Section at your local police station to find out more or to book a free presentation.

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