Safety and security

Police officer speaking to a member of the public infront of a suburban house

Fortunately for ACT residents, Canberra remains one of the safest cities in the world, well below the national average in violent crime. However, we must still remain vigilant to protect ourselves from becoming victims of crime.

Business security

Robberies are traumatic for those involved but with the correct security strategies in place you can increase your business security and reduce the risk of your business being targeted by criminals.

Home security

Burglary, or house-breaking, is one of the most common crimes in the ACT. By applying a number of simple and inexpensive home security measures, you can deter intruders and reduce the risk of burglary to your home.

Family violence

ACT Policing is strongly committed to protecting the community against family violence. As first responders, we see the devastating effects this behaviour can have on not just victims, but their children, their extended family and friends and the whole community.

Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and illicit drugs are the number one cause of violence and anti-social behaviour around Canberra’s entertainment precincts, make sure you know the law and how to stay safe.

Vehicle security

Hundreds of bikes are stolen across Canberra every year. Making sure that you lock your bike properly every time helps ensure your bike's security.

Vehicle break-ins are often opportunistic crimes. Even when your car is locked, it’s not impenetrable; there are a number of car security measures you can put in place to prevent your car from being stolen.

Child safety

It is important for parents and guardians to discuss personal safety strategies with children and teenagers to ensure children's safety in our community.


There are a number of restrictions, laws and guidelines regarding the use and ownership of firearms in the ACT.


Discrimination means to treat someone unfavourably because of a number of attributes including disability, sex, race, age and relationship status. Every Canberran and visitor to the territory has the right to be treated fairly regardless of their background, gender, age or ability.

Animal safety

ACT Policing works with the RSPCA ACT regarding animal safety in the ACT.

Online safety

We now live in a digital world where people can access online content 24 hours a day across multiple digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computers. Make sure you know about online safety.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement

ACT Policing works with the Multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to create positive relationships with police, break down barriers and learn, understand and appreciate the needs of cultural groups in Canberra.

National security

The National Terrorism Threat Level is a scale of five levels that tells the public about the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia.