While Australia is not a notoriously ‘dangerous’ place, tourists are often singled out as easy targets, especially late at night. So be smart, be conscious of your surroundings, stay alert and whenever possible stay with the crowd!
There are two simple rules to remember:
Do NOT carry large amounts of cash on you!
Do NOT advertise how much money you have!
If you have no other option but to carry your cash on you, consider buying a money pouch to go under your clothes. Always keep your wallet in a front pocket. Make sure your bags is closed and close to your body. Divide your credit cards and important documents into different pockets. Do not place valuables and money in public lockers.
TIP: Always have some extra cash, enough to get you through a few nights hidden somewhere either close to your body, (in a security pouch or sewn in pocket in your shorts) or at your accommodation. That way if something does happen, you have enough cash for food and a bed.
TIP: Keep receipts from all large purchases for when you go through customs on your way home.
Taking out money is relatively safe to do in Australia. You do not need to constantly be looking over your shoulder, but do be aware of your surroundings. Be conscious of who is behind you, do not tell others your pin, and make sure to cover the keys when entering you pin number. If you are at an ATM at night, try to find one in a well lit area (preferably inside a building and not one in a secluded location.
If you loose your credit card, debit card, or reveal your pin to someone, inform your bank immediately.
Be sure to have photocopies of all of your important documents, including your passport, visa, credit and debit cards, insurance card etc. – keep these in a safe place. Also consider scanning these documents an emailing them to yourself as well as leaving the information with someone back home.
First, stay calm! Give the robber what they want, do not fight back. Once they have left find a phone and call your credit card company and report your stolen card. Then find a police station and report the robbery. Be sure to inform your family to what has happened, as it may be easier for them to communicate with your bank from home than it will be for you to contact them abroad.
If your passport has been stolen, lost or damaged, report it immediately both to the local police station and to your home countries embassy.
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