Personal safety

Brisbane is a safe and vibrant 24-hour city. Our friendly and welcoming attitude, beautiful subtropical lifestyle and culturally diverse population, makes us a great city to visit and live in.

Like any big city, crime does happen. The safety of all residents and visitors is a major priority for Brisbane City Council.

It's important that residents and visitors take their own personal safety seriously and are aware of their personal safety at all times.

Simple safety tips

  1. Be aware
    • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
    • Remove your headphones and be aware of those around you.
  2. Be smart
    • Choose safe routes in well-lit, populated areas with lots of other people around.
  3. Be prepared
    • Before you head out, plan how you will get there and how you will get back. Identify safe locations along the route such as a friend's house, local shop or cafe.
  4. Trust your instincts
    • If you feel unsafe, uncomfortable or feel something just isn't right, get out of the situation straight away.
  5. Be heard
    • If you are threatened or attacked, shout as loudly as you can. Yell for help and make a lot of noise to draw attention to yourself.
  6. Report it
    • If you are a victim of crime or are in danger, contact the Police on 000. Remember, the police are there to help you.

For more tips and information on staying safe in Brisbane, download the:

Staying safe in Brisbane during the day

Staying safe in Brisbane at night


Bikeway signage

To improve bikeway safety, Council introduced comprehensive bikeway signage on a section of Kedron Brook bikeway as a trial.

Between Everton Park and Grange, the following signs have been installed:

  • distance markers on the bikeway path
  • directional signage and markers highlighting exit points
  • 'You are here' maps   

These measures will help cyclists and walkers to:

  • better determine their location on the bikeway 
  • help users report incidents more accurately, especially those people who are not familiar with the area

Also, trees and bushes will be trimmed to improve visibility along bikeways. Council plans to roll out similar signs across the pathway network of Brisbane. Read more information on bikeway safety.

Bikeway safety and awareness

Create a safe and friendly environment:

  • cyclists: sound your bell before passing pedestrians to warn them of your approach - give enough warning so they know to move to the left and to show you aren't 'sneaking up on them'.
  • acknowledge other path users by giving a quick 'hello' or 'thank you' when passing.
  • keep left when cycling and walking on our footpaths and shared paths - this helps to minimise the chance of a collision and allows users to overtake/ pass safely.
  • be conscious of other path users - behave in a confident but non-threatening manner to reassure others around you.

Queensland Police

Phone Queensland Police on 000 for:

  • an emergency
  • all suspicious activity

You can also give information anonymously about criminal activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (toll free). This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Visit Queensland Police website for information about personal safety strategies.

Group active and healthy activities

If you do not want to exercise alone, Council runs the following active and healthy group activities:

Helpful organisations

These organisations offer help and advice on personal safety issues:

Last updated:2 May 2019