Nearly 3 million visitors per annum visit the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and the majority have a stress and trouble free holiday.
Some visitors though become victims of crime, and some have accidents whilst in Tweed/Byron and we would like to offer some simple advice to help prevent this from occurring to you.
- Secure all property, even at camp sites (use your vehicle for storage if necessary)
- Avoid having valuables with you if they cannot be under lock and key.
- Be observant whilst using ATM’s, be aware of those around you.
- Secure caravans and motel rooms when left unattended.
- Secure your accommodation at night whilst sleeping.
- Camps sites are difficult for security, be awake of this and do your best to look after your possessions if camping.
- Do not leave valuables visible in parked vehicles, or on the beach. Stealing from motor vehicles is our most prolific holiday crime.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; if this cannot be avoided then do not display large amounts of cash.
If carrying a handbag or purse, carry it against the body with the strap diagonally across your chest.
- Keep credit cards safe at all times, do not carry PIN numbers to cards with you.
- Be aware of drink spiking. Never leave a drink unattended of accept of drink from a person you do not know.
- Consider a “buddy” system, drink with a friend and look after each other.
- Try and have taxi money at the end of the night, whilst the majority of holiday makers just want a good time the combination of late nights and alcohol can lead to conflict. It is best to avoid those situations.
- Do not swim in the ocean at night or whilst intoxicated, persons have drowned in the Tweed/Byron Command in the past as a result of this.
- Try to swim between the flags at a patrolled beach.
- If you swim away from patrolled areas be aware of the ocean and your own ability as a swimmer. Do not enter the water if you do not understand the surf conditions (waves, currents & rips) and do not try to take on more ocean than you are able to.
- For information on surf safety visit the Surf lifesaving website
- Most “Boaties” are safety conscious however it is always timely to remind you of the basic safety regime.
- Ensure your boat is in good working order, never overload your boat, and never drink alcohol whilst in charge of a vessel.
- Be aware of the weather forecast and tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back (VMR and Volunteer Coast Guard operate in Tweed/Byron)
- Tweed is one of the worst areas in NSW for drink driving with over 1000 arrests per annum. Make the choice to not add to these figures
- Do not drink drive, always observe speed limits and wear your seatbelt.
- If you do not think you will be able to drive then arrange for alternate travel plans instead.