Individuals aged from 15 – 24 years are more likely to be victims, offenders or witnesses of crime.
How young people can avoid violence:
- Avoid groups of youths that look like they have been consuming alcohol.
- When travelling on public transport keep valuables like iphone and ipads hidden.
- Travel with friends you are comfortable with especially at night.
- If you feel that trouble is about to start move away and immediately alert police or security.
- If someone is attempting to lure you into a confrontation remember to walk away.
- Don’t consume so much alcohol that it compromises your ability to make good choices.
- Don’t carry weapons and report others that do.
- Don’t stay out too later, the later you stay out the higher the risk of being a victim of crime.
Crime Stoppers has launched a new campaign called ‘Say Something’ which encourages sixteen to twenty-four-year-olds to report violent crime. Robert Doyle, Melbourne Lord Mayor, encouraged young people to get behind the campaign and said that “taking a stand against violence takes courage and….by reporting violence young people are sending a clear message that this behaviour is simply not on and is not without consequences”.
For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au