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Thieves are staking out homes and rummaging through garbage hoping to find credit card statements

Time to put a padlock on your rubbish bin: Thieves are rummaging through garbage hoping to find credit card statements and other revealing documents

  • Each year, more than 230,000 Australian homes are burgled at least once
  • The bin is an overlooked items in security and contains identifying information
  • The CEO of Secure Your World said there are simple steps to secure your bins

Your outside garbage bin could be an invitation for thieves looking to steal your identity, an expert has warned.

Each year, more than 230,000 Australian homes are burgled at least once – and rubbish bins are becoming key targets for thieves looking to use old credit card statements and personal documents to steal victims’ identities.

Scott Cairns, CEO of security company Secure Your World, said the garbage bin is one of the most overlooked items when it comes to keeping yourself safe from break-ins and identity theft.

Your outside garbage bin could be an invitation for thieves looking to steal your identity, an expert has warned

‘Most people don’t give the garbage bin a second thought, but it is probably one of the most important elements of a home security plan,’ he said.

‘Given the increased focus on recycling, many households now have several large garbage bins.

‘These are often stored near the front of the home. Unfortunately, these are also considered beacons of opportunity for thieves.’ 

Mr Cairns also offered some tips for keeping your home and identity safe, including keeping your bins tucked away near the side of the house.

‘This reduces the opportunity for thieves to go through your rubbish bins looking for items such as credit card statements or other paperwork that identifies who you are,’ he explained.

‘Lock your garbage bins up in a secure area – if you have an area where you can keep the garbage bins locked away this is ideal. 

Each year, more than 230,000 Australian homes are burgled at least once - and rubbish bins are becoming key targets for thieves looking to use old credit card statements and personal documents to steal victims' identities

Each year, more than 230,000 Australian homes are burgled at least once – and rubbish bins are becoming key targets for thieves looking to use old credit card statements and personal documents to steal victims’ identities

‘Never leave packaging for new purchases near or hanging out of your garbage bin. This tells thieves you have new items worth stealing in your home.

‘Put your rubbish bins out for collection on the day they are collected and put them back into the yard as soon as they are emptied. Leaving your bins out tells thieves that you are not home.’

In 2015, Australia had the fifth highest rate of burglaries in the world, but Mr Cairns said there are some simple steps you can take to secure your revealing documents.

‘By being more vigilant with your garbage bins, you can help minimise the threat of a break-in,’ he explained.

He also added that 30 per cent of break-ins are unsuccessful because they’re interrupted by a home security system.

TOP HOME SECURITY TIPS 

Keep your garbage bins tucked away near the side of the house so they can’t be seen. This reduces the opportunity for thieves to go through your rubbish bins looking for items such as credit card statements or other paperwork that identifies who you are.

Lock your garbage bins up in a secure area. It’s ideal if you have an area where you can keep the garbage bins locked away.

Put a lock on your garbage bins. Igloohome smart padlocks are ideal for garbage bins. They are Bluetooth enabled and can be opened with a code. Using an app you can send PIN codes to your friends, family or others to enable use on a one time or as needed basis. This is ideal if they are putting the garbage bins out while you are away.

If you put a number on your bin to help identify it, never include your name.

Put your rubbish bins out for collection on the day they are collected and put them back into the yard as soon as they are emptied. Leaving your bins out tells thieves that you are not home. Get a neighbour to put them away for you if necessary.

Never leave packaging for new purchases near or hanging out of your garbage bin. This tells thieves you have new items worth stealing in your home.

Install motion sensor security cameras all around your home including near your garbage bins. Get cameras that are connected to an app so you can view your home at any time on your phone. Security cameras are the best deterrent. Not only do they reduce the incidence of break-ins, they also help to reduce the cost of your home insurance bills. Many insurers will discount premiums if security cameras are installed.

 Source: Scott Cairns, CEO of Secure Your World

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