Free pass for thieves


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

LO­CAL po­lice are re­mind­ing res­i­dents not to leave wallets and purses un­se­cured or in cars overnight after they no­ticed a marked in­crease in the theft of PayPass and payWave cards.

Re­cently, a Carlisle res­i­dent was away from home for few days when a new bankcard was mailed out.

An of­fender broke into her locked let­ter­box, re­moved the card and went on a shop­ping spree us­ing the tap and go fea­ture.

Over two days the of­fender spent about $3000 at var­i­ous stores.

The tap and go fea­ture on bankcards al­low peo­ple to buy goods for un­der $100 with­out putting in a PIN. It is mar­keted as easy and con­ve­nient and a time­saver at the check­out.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rob Steven­son of the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit said by us­ing the tap and go fea­ture, the of­fender was able to rack up a lot of goods in a short time in many trans­ac­tions be­fore the bank no­ticed.

He said it was clear from the of­fence that even a locked let­ter­box was not enough to de­ter of­fend­ers.

“Al­ways clear your let­ter­boxes as soon as pos­si­ble and if you are ex­pect­ing a new card, don't have it sent out while you are away,” he said.

“Be mind­ful of the se­cu­rity of your wal­let and purse while out shop­ping and keep them se­cured to pre­vent the theft of th­ese cards. It's like car­ry­ing cash around with you.”

He said peo­ple who did not need the fea­ture should talk to their bank be­cause some could is­sue a card with­out it. HAVE YOU BEEN A VIC­TIM OF THIS TYPE OF THEFT? Share your thoughts at in­my­commu­

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rob Steven­son

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