Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

CASH­LESS pay­ment, you know the type where you swipe your credit card and don’t need a PIN num­ber? It is all very con­ve­nient which is why thieves love them as well. What hap­pens in these crimes is the crooks get hold of a card (most of the time from an un­locked car) and then visit as many shops as they can in the amount of time be­fore the card gets dis­abled. So how many shops can they visit? We reg­u­larly see more than 10 trans­ac­tions on a card. You can imag­ine the hours in­volved in vis­it­ing each shop a fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tion has taken place in, view­ing the CCTV, then track­ing down the thief. At Fre­man­tle Police Sta­tion, 12 per cent of our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are for these of­fences. I rang my bank and tried to change it so I could only en­ter a PIN each time I bought some­thing, but un­for­tu­nately they told me that’s no longer an op­tion. The frus­trat­ing thing for us is how pre­ventable this crime is. Don’t leave your wal­let or hand­bag in your car. – Act­ing Snr Sgt Nathan Tren­berth, Fre­man­tle Police

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