Safety for travellers
How to contact police in Western Australia
Emergencies only – 000 Police attendance- 131 444 Local police station
Enquiries for people missing during a long journey should be directed to police stations on the route the person was expected to take.
Travelling safely in Western Australia
Out and about
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
- Whenever possible travel with a friend or in a group.
- Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
- Never hitchhike or take a lift from a stranger.
- When using public transport, sit near the driver or other passengers.
- Alcohol can affect your judgement – stay alert.
- Street drinking is illegal in Western Australia.
- Report crime to police.
- Taxi safety fact sheet ( 274kb)
Property and valuables
- Don't carry large amounts of cash.
- Use personal security lockers, where available, at hostels.
- Mark all your valuables with identification.
- Don't keep all your important documents together.
- Don't leave valuables vehicles.
- Don't give lifts to hitchhikers or strangers.
- Park in well lit and populated areas.
- Don't drink and drive – in Western Australia it's 0.05%.
- Carry your driver's licence with you at all times
- It is an offence to dump abandoned vehicles – contact a salvage yard or towing company to collect
Identification that is required while travelling:
Safe pubbing and clubbing
- Know what is in your glass.
- Go out with people you trust.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Be observant – if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
- Don't leave your drinks or valuables unattended.
- Trust your instincts.
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
See safe outback travel for information about:
- Safety on unsealed roads
- Road rules
- Exploring on foot
- In an emergency
- Watch for the signs of exposure
- Snake bites
- Seeking medical help
Royal Perth Hospital: 9224 2244
Wellington Street, Perth
Alcohol and Drug Information Service: 9442 5000
Lost/stolen VISA cards (24 hours): 1800 450 346
Public transport: Transperth InfoLine: 13 62 13
Western Australian Visitor Centre: 1300 361 351