The Victorian police chief commissioner Simon Overland said said students could take some steps to protect themselves.
Overland said, "Don't display your iPods, don't display your valuable watch, don't display your valuable jewellery. Try to look as poor as you can."
"If you can live somewhere safer, live somewhere safer. If you can avoid public transport into high-risk areas late at night, avoid it," Overland was quoted by The Age as saying.
But, the Federation of Indian Student Association (FISA) rejected Overland's remarks.
FISA spokesperson Gautam Gupta termed the police chief's advice as 'ridiculous'.