Austria performs well in many measures of well-being compared to most other countries in the Better Life Index of the OECD (2016). Austria ranks above the average in jobs and earnings, subjective well-being, personal security, social connections, environmental quality and education. In Austria, 81.2 % say that they feel safe, more than the OECD average of 68.3 %. Read more To continue maintaining this sense of security, we would like to inform you about the following preventative safety tips and emergency numbers.
Emergency numbers – please save these on your mobile phone!
See also: http://www.bmi.gv.at/Notrufnummern/start.aspx (German)
is an official police app in Austria. Besides up-to-date news, tips on prevention and emergency numbers the app offers helpful information provided by the police. The app is compatible with all common operating systems (iOS, Android and Windows) and can be downloaded from the app stores for free: http://www.bmi.gv.at/612/start.aspx (German)
Virtual company – Komm Gut Heim App
Have your friends and family accompany you on your way home, in real time. Be safe and react quickly in an emergency. Your location is only shared with contacts you selected. With a push message, they are notified when you leave a place and the moment you arrive home. Download it onto your smartphone for free: http://www.kommgutheim.eu/ (German)
Continuous, new developments allow us to do more and more things comfortably through our mobile phones, making them a very tempting target for thieves. Recommendations:
In case of theft:
1. Call the police straight away! When reporting the crime you will need the 15-digit number of the device (IMEI number – International Mobile Equipment Identity). This number identifies your mobile phone. Make a note of the IMEI number and keep it separately from the mobile phone!
Where and how can I find the IMEI number?
2. Have the mobile phone locked by the service provider straight away!
Stalking is a crime in Austria and can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. Stalking behaviours include utilizing proximity to the victim (e.g. by lurking somewhere), following a person repeatedly over a period of time, contacting them through telecommunication or other means of communication or via third person (e.g. with SMS or emails), using the victim’s personal data to buy products and services for them (e.g. at mail order companies) and using the victim’s personal data to make others contact them (e.g. issuing or posting personal advertisements).
What can I do if I am being stalked?
The more aware you are of your surroundings, the better you are able to react in a (potentially) dangerous situation. In many cases, victims have time, even if only a few seconds, to react. This time should be used to call the police, 133.
When withdrawing money
Underground/Train/Bus stops and train stations
In addition to the behaviour described above
Get used to activating your ‘awareness radar’ and take note of your surroundings. Trust your own instincts and act accordingly (make a detour if necessary, leave university as a group, take extra care of your personal belongings, etc.). Familiarise yourself with the emergency services and assign emergency telephone numbers to the speed dialling key of your mobile phone. Saying NO resolutely, sending an unknown person away energetically or calling for help loudly can prevent a crime from happening.
* Information provided by the Vienna Police Headquarters and by Günther Ebenschweiger, president of the Austrian centre for crime prevention