Free pass for thieves
LOCKED LETTERBOX STILL NOT SAFE
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 inmycommunity.com.au
Senior Constable Rob Stevenson