Oct 5, 2018
Campaign Background : This campaign is a partnership between Crime Stoppers Victoria (CSV) and Study Melbourne. StudySafe aims to improve safety and resistance to crime for the international student community in Victoria. It educates students on the available channels for assistance in an emergency or other situation and provide an environment for students to give each other advice on staying safe while studying in Victoria. This is presented in tandem with broad safety advice provided through the CSV website on the Project StudySafe homepage. StudySafe is developed in collaboration with the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS).

Campaign Key Messages:

• Sometimes it’s hard being alone in a new city. You are not alone!

• If sometimes things don’t always go to plan, in Victoria there are plenty of people (and services) to help you, if you need it!

• All cities in Victoria including Melbourne are safe places to live and study!

Campaign Calls-to-action:

• In an emergency, call 000.

• For more information on student safety, visit the Crime Stoppers Victoria website, at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Campaign Content:

Web landing page: The StudySafe website is now live on the Crime Stoppers website. Link: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/project-studysafe/.

The webpage encourages students to use available channels for assistance in an emergency or in many other crime related situations. International students express their stories about positive aspects of studying in Melbourne, and the positive responses they received when they have sought help from police, universities, and other officials. The webpage also contains advice on staying safe while studying in Victoria.

Social media campaign: A series of short will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, on a weekly basis, to create awareness and generate traffic to the web landing page. In each video, international students provide peer-to-peer tips on staying safe on different topics.

Student Services Details

There is an opportunity for tertiary institutions to provide details of their own student support. These could be included on the Crime Stoppers Victoria StudySafe webpage. It is preferred that these details are a centralised website or hotline that can direct the students to appropriate services. This can be accompanied by a short (30 words) blurb.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions that may assist with your interactions on social media about the campaign:

About Crime Stoppers Victoria:

• Who is Crime Stoppers Victoria?

Crime Stoppers Victoria is an independent, not-for-profit organisation helping to make Victoria a safer place. We’re not the police, but we work closely with the police to collect information from the public to help solve crime. By reporting what you know to Crime Stoppers, you can assist the police to reduce crime in our community but choose for your details to remain confidential if you wish. Crime Stoppers Victoria also provides information to the community on staying safe and how to prevent crime.

• What information does Crime Stoppers receive?

Crime Stoppers receives information on any illegal activity, however if it is an emergency please call Triple Zero (000).

• When should I report to Crime Stoppers?

If you have information about a crime that has occurred in the past, or crime that is ongoing, please report it to Crime Stoppers and assist the police. For crime that is happening now, crime that has just happened, or crime that is imminent, please contact Triple Zero (000) for emergency assistance.

• When I report to Crime Stoppers, will anyone find out who I am?

When you report to Crime Stoppers, you can choose for your report to be confidential if you wish. You do not have to give your name, there is no caller ID, and your IP address is not traced. You will be asked if you would like to provide your details so police can follow up with you, but this is completely optional.

• What happens to the information I provide?

The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is transcribed by our call takers and then sent to an intelligence officer for collation. The report is ‘sanitised’- any information that may identify you is taken out- before being distributed to the relevant police member or unit.

• I reported information to Crime Stoppers and nothing happened- why?

Information that is reported to Crime Stoppers has helped to solve thousands of crimes over the thirty-year history of the organisation. However, a confidential report to Crime Stoppers is not a police report- instead it functions as a ‘clue’ that police can use to assist them in their investigation. Often, they will need to gather more evidence before arrests and/or charges can be made. Crime Stoppers does not provide updates or call you back once you have made a report.

• Why should I report to Crime Stoppers?

Information reported to Crime Stoppers has helped police to solve thousands of crimes over the last thirty years, providing closure to families and ensuring justice for victims of crime. Your information provides police with the information that they need to help reduce crime and make Victoria a safer place.

About the Project StudySafe Campaign:

• What is the purpose of the StudySafe campaign?

The StudySafe campaign has been designed to help international students stay safe while they’re studying in Victoria. The aim of the campaign is to provide a space where students can exchange stories and tips about staying safe in Victoria, as well as providing information

• How can I get involved?

Crime Stoppers Victoria is collecting stories from students about their experiences studying in Victoria. Head to the Crime Stoppers Victoria Project StudySafe webpage (https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/current-focus/studysafe) to find out more.

• Who can get involved?

Any international student currently studying in Victoria.

Campaign Contacts

If you have any questions about the campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Piero Paglialonga Diversity & Engagement Officer 9247 5392 piero@crimestoppersvic.com.au

Chris Plumridge Community Engagement Manager 9247 6093 chris@crimestoppersvic.com.au

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