Senior Constable Janet Lindsay discusses internet safety with Julia Brunsdon at the PCYC as part of Crime Prevention Month.
Senior Constable Janet Lindsay discusses internet safety with Julia Brunsdon at the PCYC as part of Crime Prevention Month. Mike Knott

Cops target thefts and online cons

SIMPLE tasks such as locking doors, closing windows and not leaving valuables in the car could save you a lot of trouble.

That’s the message Bundaberg Police want to get out there as a part of Crime Prevention Month, which starts today.

District crime prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Janet Lindsay said she hoped the messages, which would be displayed at various events throughout October, would encourage homeowners and tenants to start changing their habits.

“The biggest hassle in Bundaberg is that people think that it’s not going to happen to them. The opportunistic thief does quite well out of that,” she said.

“We are regularly seeing so much valuable property left in the car or people leaving a door or window on their house unlocked.”

As well as being vigilant about home and vehicle safety, Snr Const Lindsay urged people to be aware of scams and internet safety.

“Protect your own identity. Never give out your full name, address and birth date to someone if you are not sure who they are,” she said.

“There are far too many people who ring you claiming to be from a company. Get their phone number and then look up the company they claim to be from in the phone book.”

Identifying if a proposal is a scam can be quite simple.

“If the offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is a scam,” she said.

Snr Const Lindsay said for anyone who was unsure, they could check the Scam Watch website, which has comprehensive information on common cheats.

With many children going online, she said it was also important to regulate internet time to protect children as they surf.

“Have the computer in a public place, not in the bedroom or an office, so parents can see what they are looking at,” she said.

“Share the knowledge with kids about what type of sites are out there and what they might find.

“Parents also need to be aware of all their child’s knowledge of the internet and get their kids to teach them.”

More tips for internet safety can be found at www.police.qld.gov.au, while Scam Watch can be found at www.scamwatch.gov.au.



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