A new digital weapon to protect foreign students studying in Queensland aims to show students how to stay safe.

It’s a key plank of Crime Prevention Month, which kicked off today.

Ella Feinberg Large reports.

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The DVD is the result of a collaboration between police and members of the Chinese community.

It provides simple safety tips covering most danger situations for young students.

There are two versions – one in Mandarin and one in English – to reach the widest possible audience.

Chiu-Hing Chan, Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business: “I think these projects and also this DVD is fantastic. It covers almost every topic ranging from extortion to sexual assault.”

It also educates students on their rights and responsibilities when in Queensland.

The government says the DVD is especially important for the university sector and will be handed out at campuses throughout the state.

Neil Roberts, Qld Police Minister: “There are up to 20,000 students from China and many more thousands, tens of thousands, visitors from other countries we want them to be safe and enjoy their stay, particularly when they are studying at our local universities and Tafes.”

Today’s launch also acknowledged police work and community support.

Andrew Henderson, Acting Deputy Commissioner: “We live in a very safe state and good country, we are not immune from crime, so really we just ask people to be situationally aware.”

Crime Prevention Month offers various events including open days, displays, visits to schools and engraving barbeques right across the State.

For more details, go to police.qld.gov.au.

Ella Feinberg Large, QUT news.