The everyday use of mobile telephones, tablets and personal computers is now commonplace. Protect yourself from fraud in most people’s lives. We use these devices to verbally and visually communicate, for business, for financial transactions and as multipurpose storage devices which we are now even more reliant upon. These devices hold key information that can be targeted in several ways including: scam emails, false representation of a service provider, inadequate software protection or password security. These are just some methods used by criminals to obtain your personal details and those of your family which can lead to the theft of your identity. Here are some simple steps we can all take to help protect ourselves against this type of crime.
Protect your password
* DON’T use the same password for all your devices or access systems.
* DON’T use names or words easily linked to you (e.g.: family, pet or school names) in your password.
* CHANGE your password regularly.
* DON’T GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE. Protect your computer or mobile device
* INSTALL reliable anti-virus protection for all your computers and mobile devices.
* UPDATE your anti-virus protection regularly.
* DISABLE unwanted applications – if you don’t use it, lose it. Protect your identification online
* DON’T let anybody else access your personal information or your devices.
* DON’T give anyone remote access to your devices.
* DON’T access emails senders you don’t know.
* DON’T share your personal or financial information online such as driver’s licence details, date of birth, etc.
If you believe you have been a victim to a cyber-related offence – report it immediately on www.acorn.gov.au.
For more crime prevention information visit us on www.police.nsw.gov.au
Safety around trains and platforms The Police Transport Command (PTC) was established in May, 2012 as a dedicated policing command of the NSWPF to police the public transport network, focusing on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. The PTC have offices across metropolitan Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle. To date, the PTC have made over 9,000 arrests, laid over 17,600 charges and issued over 185,600 infringement notices. In regards to the safety in and around public transport, people generally need to be aware of their surroundings and use caution when at transport hubs. This includes train stations, bus and tram stops and ferry wharves. When children are involved, greater care should be taken to ensure that children are kept at a safe distance from moving trains, buses, trams and ferries. Parents need to ensure that children remain with them, or at arm’s length at all times when at transport hubs. In regards to prams, it is advisable that parents are in physical control of these at all times when around public transport and platforms.