Recent research indicates that 4.4 million Australians are affected by identity theft per annum. Moreover, it was recorded that an alarming 67% of Australians fail to take simple measures to protect their identity.
Personal information is readily available – cards in a wallet, public records, mail, information saved on computers and information posted on social networking sites.
Installing extra security measures such as a Yale Certified Home Safe, and locking letterboxes with a Lockwood Padlock (that surpasses Australian Standards) can help to protect personal and valuable information and prevent identity theft.
Taking a proactive approach to home security is the first step in providing a safe and secure personal environment. Prevention is better than the cure, said Neil Mitchelhill, Business Manager Sales and Marketing – ASSA ABLOY Australia. Mitchelhill continues, “At ASSA ABLOY we truly believe that it is our responsibility to communicate and educate the general public in preventative measures which protect against identity theft”.
Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Peter Price OAM comments that “Investing in Crime Prevention activities has become a key charter for Crime Stoppers, resultant of the increase in identity theft.” Recently the organisation has announced its strategic partnership with ASSA ABLOY’s brand Lockwood, broadening its perspective in crime prevention.
Preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of identity theft include:
- Destroying documents that reveal personal information
- Checking billing and account records carefully
- Placing passwords on all important accounts
- Securing personal information with a Yale Certified Home Safe
- Securing mail with a quality Lockwood padlock