When the police were called to a Melbourne house for the first time in two years, they had just learned that a man had allegedly burglarised the home and taken everything.
A woman and a young girl had all been left in their bed, with no phone or money.
It was the sort of house where it’s easy to assume that there would be a burglar, but in reality the police had been informed by the victim that the culprit had moved out and that they were the only ones who were safe.
A house is a common place for burglars to hide, but when it comes to Australians, they’re much more likely to be found if they are in their own home.
A recent report by security firm Secure Computing found that more than 80% of Australians are victims of cybercrime, and a third of them are victims in their home.
“It’s a big concern for us,” says Matt Smith, who leads the security company’s cybercrime business.
“The vast majority of these incidents that we have on our clients, these are not things that happen in the middle of the night.
They are something that we are seeing happening in the home.
We are seeing the home, the family, the pets in there and we are looking for that person.”
Mr Smith says he has also noticed a growing trend of people turning up at their neighbours’ doors, looking for the person responsible.
“There’s a lot of people who are looking to get back into their homes, to get the person that did this and they are just looking for a scapegoat,” he says.
This is the type of behaviour that is not unusual in the world of cyber crime, but it is particularly dangerous for victims, because it can lead to a significant amount of personal and financial damage.
The report from Secure Computing also found that in Australia, the number of victims of identity theft has increased by around 30% over the past decade, with about 20% of people affected in the past two years being women.
Mr Smith says it’s important for victims to understand that there is always the possibility that their information could be used against them in a future case.
In the meantime, he is advising people to remain vigilant about their personal safety.
For those who are victims, Mr Smith urges them to use a range of tools, including a home security system, as well as a personal credit and debit card, to ensure they have access to the money they need.
It’s important to keep in mind that the home invasion is only one of many cyber crimes that are being perpetrated in Australia.
Mr Smith recommends that victims should have a secure internet connection and that all electronic devices be turned off.
There are a number of online services and services that can be used to help you stay safe online, including Check Your Phone, which can help identify if you have been compromised by cybercriminals.
If you have experienced a cybercrime incident, and you are still not satisfied with the outcome, Mr Williams recommends contacting the Australian Crime Commission.
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