1. Ensure your house number is clearly visible.
2. Never tell anyone that you are at home alone for example trades or delivery people.
3. Trim trees and bushes to allow a clear view of your home (this will remove hiding places for possible offenders).
4. Don’t leave keys in obvious places, such as under pot plants or in the meter box.
5. Make sure handbags and wallets are not left in sight for example on bench tops or cupboards.
6. Install security screens and grilles.
7. Fit deadlocks and key locks to doors and windows.
8. Install motion sensor floodlights.
9. Think about installing an alarm system.
10. Get to know your neighbours, they can be your eyes and ears if you’re not at home.
1. How to report inappropriate online content
2. Safety tips for parents
4. How to recognise online predators
How to report inappropriate online content
Any stored, offensive online material is prohibited and is to be reported to the Punjab Police Cyber Crime Department . This includes :
1. Material containing detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use .
2. Child pornography
4. Excessively violent or sexually violent material.
5. Real depictions of actual sexual activity.
6. Material containing excessive and/or strong violence or sexual violence.
7. Material containing implied or simulated sexual activity.
8. Material that deals with issues or contains depictions which require an adult perspective.
The Cyber Crime Punjab Police will investigate all valid complaints and take action in relation to prohibited and potentially prohibited content.
For more information, or to make a complaint, visit the PUNJAB POLICE website at www.punjabpolice.org
Also see How to report online child sex exploitation
Safety tips for parents
The internet can be a fun place for socialising and learning, but it can also be used by adults to exploit children in a sexual way. Children and parents need to learn safe behaviours when using the internet: It is important that we take the time to guide, assist and supervise our children in the use of the internet.
Choose a non identifiable, non gender specific username.
Never send a picture of yourself to someone you don’t know, and never place a full profile and picture of yourself anywhere on the internet.
Never give out any personal information whilst using IM or other networking programs including your real name, telephone or mobile phone number, mailing address, passwords or banking details.
Never accept a friend, file or download from a person you don’t know, this includes links to a website.
Know how to save copies of your child’s IM conversations.
Be careful – people you meet online may not be who they say they are.
Never give out personal information when you’re chatting online.
Take a parent with you if you want to meet someone face to face that you’ve only spoken to online.
Treat strangers on the internet the same as you would treat strangers in real life.
Sexting refers to the sending of provocative or sexual photos, messages or videos, generally using a mobile phone or posting this type of material online.
Sexting is a common occurrence between children. Engaging in this activity can result is serious sexual offences being committed by all parties. The result may be a criminal conviction or being registered as a serious sexual offender. This will have impact on future employment, travel and relationships. A simple act can result in a lifetime of shame.
Warn your child about the consequences of sexting, both socially and legally.
Remind them to think before they act taking or sending sexual images, even of themselves, has ramifications may be illegal.
Remind your child to delete any sexual content they receive from others and to avoid forwarding this type of content.
Remind your child to consider the feelings of others when distributing any content by mobile phone or online.
Learn how to use your child’s mobile phone and talk with them about what they can and can’t do with it.
If you are concerned that a sexting incident may be a criminal matter, contact your local police.
How to recognise online predators
Young people can spend hours online chatting with friends. Sometimes these friendships can build into, what they think are, “relationships”. They can get caught up in something dangerous when their online buddy turns into their boyfriend/girlfriend.
Not everyone they meet online is going to be who they say they are. Their “someone special” can be an adult (or older teenager) posing as a friend with the sole purpose of gaining your child’s trust to abuse them.
Grooming is how online predators manipulate children into meeting in real life with their sole goal of having sex with them. Predators will spend weeks, months, and/or possibly years “grooming” their victims before asking them to meet in real life.
Their goal is to make their potential victims feel loved and comfortable, by providing affection, attention, kindness and/or sending gifts. They will be up-todate on popular music and hobbies to keep your child’s interest. Once they have gained their potential victim’s trust, they will slowly start including sexual content to their conversations.
Online predators often follow some of below tricks to entice their victims.
Chatting privately: If they meet in a chat room they will ask to talk with their victim in a private chat room or by phone/text messaging.
Flattery: Online predators will flatter or give special attention to their victims. They will say they are in love with them or promise they can get them a job as a model.
Intimidation: Once an online predator knows their victim, they can intimidate or threaten them by exposing pictures or telling their parents.
Asking for personal information: Asking about their victim’s interests such favourite music and movies. This gives them the upper hand when sending gifts. If they are sending gifts the potential victim can become comfortable enough to give out their address.
Sympathy: Predators can pose as other teenagers using sympathy to gain their trust. When teens are at a certain age they feel no one understands them and they search for sympathy, support, or validation online from other teens.
Signs to watch out for:
Spends more time online: Children who are being groomed begin to spend more time in chat rooms.
Receives phone calls from people you don’t know or makes calls to numbers you don’t recognise (watch out for long distance calls): Online predators will try to contact their potential victims to set up meetings. If your kids remembered everything you taught them, they will not give out their phone number. But this will not stop online predators from giving your child their number or have him or her call them collect (which will allow them to get the number with caller id).
Receives mail/packages from out-of-state or from names you don’t recognise: Online predators will send letters or gifts to their potential victims. Online predators have sent airline tickets to entice their potential victims to visit them.
Becomes withdrawn or secretive: To gain their potential victim’s trust, an online predator will begin to drive a wedge between kids and their friends and family. If your child begins to skip classes or begins to blow off their friends, it could mean they are sneaking off to meet their online ‘friend’. Be especially weary if they begin to quickly turn off the monitor when you walk into the room.
How to Protect Your Children
Talk to Your Kids: Talk to them about online predators and the dangers of the internet.
Have the Computer in a common area: Move the computer from your children’s bedroom to the family room or an area where you have access to monitor their internet usage.
Monitor the Amount of Time They Spend Online: Have a set time limit your kids can use the computer. If they begin spending more time online (especially at night) it can mean that there is a problem. If your kids begin to complain, don’t give in because it is your job to protect them from online predators.
Continue Educating Yourself: Do research and continue reading about the potential dangers that are out there.
Family and domestic violence
What is family and domestic violence?
Family and domestic violence is behaviour which results in physical, sexual and/or psychological damage, forced social isolation, economic deprivation, or behaviour which causes the victim(s) to live in fear.
Family and domestic violence can be experienced by people of all classes, religions, ethnicity, ages, abilities and sexual preference. All victims are entitled to access services which are provided in a fair and equitable manner.
The most important thing you can do is to get help! You need information and support to make yourself safe and end the abuse.
Is it a crime? YES!
Examples of criminal offences that occur in family and domestic violence situations include assault, sexual assault, making threats about a person’s physical safety, stalking, damage or stealing of property and breaching Restraining Orders.
How to report family or domestic violence
Call police on 181 , 100 to report an incident of family and domestic violence.
Questions you may be asked:
The address where the incident is taking place.
Your name and telephone number.
The offender’s name, age and date of birth.
Are there any weapons involved? Are you able to describe them?
Are you the victim? If no, what’s the victim’s name?
If the incident is occurring while you are talking to the operator, stay on the telephone. Your safety is paramount to us.
How can police help?
Provided there is sufficient evidence, police will prosecute the accused person. This may require you to be a witness in court. If the court finds the person guilty of the crime, they will be convicted and the court will impose a punishment.
Police can also issue a Police Order, help you to get a Restraining Order, find a refuge or alternative accommodation. They can also refer you to support agencies such as Crisis Care, counselling services and legal services such as the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Legal Unit.
The police will take all measures possible to ensure the victim and children’s welfare and safety is not compromised. They are also committed to ensuring that the perpetrators are held accountable.
What is a Police Order?
Where there is insufficient evidence to arrest and charge a person for any act of family and domestic violence, but police hold concerns for the safety and welfare of any person, police may issue a Police Order.
A Police Order provides temporary but instant protection for a person who is being threatened, harassed or intimidated. It provides temporary relief to allow the opportunity for a person to attend court to obtain a Restraining Order.
It is a criminal offence to breach a Police Order and if a breach occurs the accused person will be arrested and charged, and faces a similar penalty to that of breaching a Restraining Order.
Do you need a Restraining Order?
If you or your property is threatened, harassed or intimidated and you are concerned that it will continue, then you can apply to have a Restraining Order taken out against the person concerned.
A Restraining Order is an order of the court preventing the offender from behaving in a manner that is intimidating or offensive. A Restraining Order prevents the person from coming near you or your property. It is a criminal offence to disobey the conditions of the Restraining Order.
Under certain circumstances a police officer can apply for an order on your behalf.
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for a Restraining Order at a Magistrates Court. If you are not yet over 18, a parent, guardian, police officer or an adult can apply for a Restraining Order on your behalf.
The applicant is the person who is applying for a Restraining Order; the respondent is the person you apply to be protected from.
There are two types of restraining orders:
A court may issue a Violence Restraining Order if satisfied that (unless restrained, the respondent is likely to):
Commit a violent personal offence against the applicant; or
Behave in a manner that could reasonably be expected to cause the applicant to fear that the respondent will commit such an offence.
All Violence Restraining Orders include a restraint prohibiting the respondent from being in possession of a firearm or firearm licence and obtaining a firearms licence.
Misconduct Restraining Orders
A court may make a Misconduct Restraining Order if it is satisfied that (unless restrained, the respondent is likely to):
Behave in a manner that is intimidating or offensive to the applicant;
Cause damage to the applicant’s property; or
Behave in a manner that breaches the peace.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse refers to any kind of abuse which affects a child sexually, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. For example:
Physical abuse of any kind;
Harsh or unjust punishment;
Repeated criticisms and put-downs, constant ridicule;
Ritual abuse; and
Paedophilia refers to sexual attraction towards children or young people.
Help prevent child abuse
Parents of child abuse victims
Parents of abused children often say, “There was something about him but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Something inside me was telling me to be careful. I ignored these feelings of uncertainty. I wish now that I had paid attention to my instincts.”.
Parents know their children better than anyone else. Trust your instincts. If you find yourself, even in the smallest way, wary of the intentions of someone wishing to be alone with your child, then respond to these instincts and say “No”.
The vast majority of people are honest and good, but if someone appears to be too good to be true, they often are.
If you have any legitimate concerns about anybody, contact Crime Stoppers on 181 , 100 or contact your local police.
Identifying a child molester
Most allegations of child abuse in Western Australia relate to incidents within the family and are mostly caused by non-preferential child molesters.
Non-preferential child molesters don’t necessarily prefer children as sexual partners but due to circumstances, have sexual activity with children.
Preferential child molesters are often consumed by their need to engage in sexual activity with children. This need is often the driving force behind their lives and everything they do is geared to the goal of obtaining children for sexual gratification.
Preferential child molesters often engage in activities which bring them into contact with children, such as sporting clubs, youth groups, through their employment, community/church groups, loitering where children congregate and internet chat rooms.
They often target children emotionally in need, often taking on the “father figure” role, will offer gifts such as toys, entertainment, clothing, money, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and will often spend considerable time developing the trust of the child and the family.
Most offenders offend in their own home or in the home of the victim.
They have the potential to offend over and over again throughout their lives.
Help protect children and report child molesters.
Alcohol and drugs have a significant impact on the community .
Drug possession, trafficking, cultivation, manufacture.
Property crime (research shows that drug users not only commit property crime to generate income but also commit crimes under the influence of a drug )
Violent crime, assault, family violence
Child abuse and neglect;
Fatal and non-fatal overdose
Drink and drug driving
Loss of public amenity – disturbances, public intoxication, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, property damage, loitering to buy drugs, discarding drug use equipment in public places; and
Dangers to police from clandestine labs, violence and needle stick injuries
Drink spiking safety tips
Drink spiking occurs when alcohol or another substance is added to your drink without your knowledge. Drink spiking is illegal.
You may not be able to know if your drink is spiked but some of the warning signs are:-
Feeling sick or sleepy.
Feeling dizzy or faint.
Feeling drunk when you have only consumed a small amount of alcohol.
Never leave your drink unattended. It only takes a second for someone to add more alcohol or a drug to your drink.
Only accept drinks from people you know and trust.
If you lose sight of your drink, don’t drink from it again.
Avoid sharing drinks and be careful of accepting drinks from people you don’t know very well.
Be wary if someone buys you a different drink to what you asked for.
If you feel sick or dizzy ask someone you trust to take you to a safe place.
Look out for your friends.
If you are concerned that you or a friend believes their drink has been spiked, stay with someone you trust and seek medical attention. It is also important that you contact police on these occasions, especially if a robbery or assault has occurred.
Further advice is available at:
Name and Shame:
Reporting suspicious activities on building sites
What is suspicious activity?
Reporting Hoon behaviour
Collecting impounded vehicles