Keeping Letterbox Thieves at Bay

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Have you seen A Current Affair’s compelling feature on letterbox thieves? After watching it, you should be asking yourself about  the security of your own mailbox and seriously considering ways to safeguard it more effectively. Your security, finances, and privacy can be compromised by the theft of a crucial letter or two – such as those coming from your bank or some other important institution or individual. It’s amazing but true – your safety is not only dependent on the strength of your doors, locks, and alarm systems but also on the security of your mailbox. So, how do you keep those thieves from getting their hands on your mail? Mark Dreyfus, Attorney-General of Australia and also the current Minister for Emergency Management, as well as the Special Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity, was interviewed by A Current Affair’s Laura Francis on the issue of letterbox theft. During the interview, he shared essential tips on protecting yourself against identity theft via letterbox pilfering. “You should put a lock on your mailbox,” he began. “When you go away, put a stop on your mail. And when you move, redirect your mail,” he counseled. “All they would need is, possibly, a copy of your bank statement, a couple of bills and that will be enough to start using your identity,” he revealed. When asked what problems one could have if someone steals his or her identity, the Attorney-General said this: “Long term, you could end up with an adverse credit rating, because someone used your identity to take out a loan, a false loan, in...

CCTV Camera Captures Image of Man near Scene of Sexual Assault

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Once again, security surveillance cameras have played a part in strengthening evidence in an alleged rape incident, as well as with helping the police apprehend the perpetrator. Early this month, news broke of a sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman by a man who, as reported by The Australian, was“of Middle Eastern appearance, 175cm tall, with olive skin, unshaven and with short, dark cropped hair. He was wearing jeans and a distinctive zip-up black leather jacket.” “This woman did not know this man.. She refused his advances on a number of occasions as they were walking … it’s just an abhorrent crime,” said Sexual Crime Squad Detective Inspector Paul Binyon. He also said that the most “disturbing” aspect of the case was that the victim was a new mother, having just given birth two months ago. The assault occurred on the night she was out with friends celebrating the birth of her baby. Detective Inspector Binyon said that the CCTV footage of a man near the site of the assault is one of a “person of interest we would strongly like to identify.” The man was caught on a CCTV camera installed outside the Witches and Britches theatre restaurant in West Melbourne. He was recorded walking ahead of the woman at about 3:05 am on Sunday 30th June 30. According to The Australian, detectives investigating the case believe that the man may have approached her “200 metres further north, near the intersection of Victoria and William streets, West Melbourne.” The latest update on the case reported that a 28-year-old man has been arrested, questioned, and released with regards to...