How Letterbox Thieves Compromise Your Privacy and Finances

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Earlier this week, popular local show A Current Affair touched on the subject of letterbox theft. Tracy Grimshaw, the programme’s host, showcased interviews of a number of people who shed light on the issue. She even featured Eversafe’s very own Paul Mase, who gave his rationale as to why he believes security surveillance cameras are essential in combating letterbox theft. The program showed CCTV camera footage of “letterbox raiders” going through the mail at several Australian homes. Most of the recordings showed the perpetrators in hooded tops, which concealed their facial features. However, in some of the shots, the hoods fell down, revealing the thieves’ appearance. “They come in the middle of the night when everybody’s asleep and just help themselves,” said a housing complex manager interviewed by the show’s reporter Laura Francis. “It’s not just mail they take, it’s people’s identity,” he added. He also said that thieves have been repeatedly targeting a number of houses on his street. The reporter stated that the “bandits” wait until dark to steal residents mail then “help themselves to your money the very next day.” When asked how thieves managed to get their hands on the mail, the manager said that they “put their hand in and take the mail out.” With that being said, it appears that the robbers can get what they want without much difficulty – a fact that should be troubling for all homeowners with highly accessible and frequently unlocked letterboxes. A victim of letterbox theft, Lisette Francois, was also interviewed for the story. According to the report, the Melbourne resident had been waiting for her new...

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...

Making Sure Your Home is Safe While Away on Holiday

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Here’s an exemplary story reported by the CNN that centers on the importance of home security systems and CCTV cameras: An Australian man, who lived in a suburban neighbourhood in Melbourne, kept a check on his three security surveillance cameras through his iPad while on vacation in faraway Mauritius. One day, after logging into the system via his tablet PC, he saw 2 burglars breaking into his house and taking valuable items from his residence. They even attempted to steal the alcoholic beverages he had in stock. The man acted swiftly. He made a long distance call to the Victorian police and alerted them to the burglary taking place at his home. The authorities were able to respond quickly and arrest the intruders while they were still at the holidaying homeowner’s residence. Criminal charges have been filed and both burglars have appeared in court. This story demonstrates how you can keep your home safe even when you’re away on holiday. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, modern technology has made it possible for you to keep an eye on your residential property even while thousands of miles away from your domestic haven. Aside from installing CCTV cameras that can be accessed online via iPad or iPhone and checking your surveillance systems at regular intervals, you should ensure that all openings in your house are closed and locked. See to it that the curtains are drawn and window covered. In addition, you should not hide spare keys anywhere within your property. Instead leave them with a trusted relative or friend who lives nearby. This will ensure that...

The Most Vulnerable Areas in Your Office You Should Secure

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The door is not the only place in your work premises that you should keep an eye on. There are other points of entry and targets that may not be immediately obvious to you. Not only that, perpetrators don’t always come from the outside – it is highly possible you are actually working with those that pose a serious security threat to your business. As such, it is important to secure all areas that are vulnerable to both external and internal security risks. To do so, you need to identify which aspects of your office are most likely to be targeted by infiltrators. Your Desk If you are the CEO, business owner, manager, supervisor, or holding some other top-level position in your company, it is important to secure highly sensitive and confidential documents and other essential items in your work area. You would not want to lose important data that may be used against you or your company. You also would not want the competition to be in the know regarding your future plans and corporate strategies, nor would you want to lose high-value physical assets that may be found in your room. Your Records and Server Room This is where essential corporate data may be found. To prevent information or identity theft, as well as illegal access to your network, you should have these areas monitored via security surveillance cameras and installed with an efficient business alarm system. Your Supplies Storage Area Keep your company from losing money over discrepancies in product inventory. You should also prevent staff from taking advantage or misusing your office supplies, as frequent...