Sneaky thieves force credit card cancellation

Careless Aussies who are taking a lax approach to home security are leaving their property to thieves.

Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Detective Sergeant Chris Fenelon, head of the Morningside Criminal Investigation Branch, has warned that there has been a sharp rise in the number of “sneak ins”, where thieves nip into the home to grab a wallet, mobile phone or other easily liftable valuables.

And while the thieves may only take the cash from a wallet, homeowners will still have to go through the trouble of cancelling credit cards and replacing driving licences.

Officer Fenelon went on to state that motorist should also make sure they take valuables out of the car when they aren’t driving.

“A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t leave cash to the value of a GPS sitting on the dashboard then don’t leave the GPS or other expensive items in clear view,” he said.

The Brisbane Times has also urged people to make sure they keep their bank account details safe online in a bid to avoid the lure of phishers, who are coming up with increasingly sneaky ways to snatch credit card and bank account info.

It may be worth looking to compare credit cards to see what kind of IT fraud protection is on offer.

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