Behave to ward off robbers,Indians in Australia told

In a move aimed at saving Indian students from being frequently targeted by robbers...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Melbourne | Published:February 20, 2009 1:12 am

In a move aimed at saving Indian students from being frequently targeted by robbers,the Melbourne city police will “teach” them not to speak loudly in their native language or display signs of wealth such as iPods when travelling on trains at night.

The police move comes after it was found that robberies in Melbourne’s western suburbs jumped by 27 per cent last financial year and almost a third of victims were Indians. A special police team has been formed to combat the robberies amid fears that some are racially motivated and that Indian students are soft targets because they carry iPods and laptops on trains late at night.

Inspector Scott Mahony,of Brimbank police,said it was crucial to stop Indian students becoming victims and address their mistrust of police. “They need to make sure they walk through a well-lit route… and they are not openly displaying signs of wealth with iPods and phones,and not talking loudly in their native language,” Mahony was quoted as saying by The Age newspaper.

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