On The Beat | Friday, July 13

NSW Police Shoalhaven crime prevention officer Senior Constable Anthony Jory.
NSW Police Shoalhaven crime prevention officer Senior Constable Anthony Jory.

For aeons people have been leaving their spare house keys under the doormat or under the third rock near the succulents in the garden or even inside a purpose built plastic rock that is strategically placed so as to not look out of place.

Crooks now days have woken up to these hiding places.

Now there are many items on the market that you can purchase to place your spare house key in.

You’ve probably already seen them about near the front doors.

These are a great idea however like everything else that you buy, do your research.

Please make sure that the key safe you purchase will withstand a beating or the force of a screwdriver being jammed into it etc.

A crook is not going to go lightly on a key safe if he/she believes that it can be forced open. Once they have the key they can obviously get into your house.

Again, do your research make sure that the key safe will in fact, keep your key safe.

Don’t be scammed out of your tax return

It’s tax time and hopefully you will get a decent tax return.

Remember that there are scammers out there that also would like you to get a decent tax return so they can scam it off you.

There are many scams going around these days, some are obvious but others are not.

Some rely on fear. For instance, if someone rings you saying that they are from the tax office you may panic and give out personal details that you normally wouldn’t.

Be very wary of scammers.

We hear this message every day however there is no shortage of people being ripped off.

Do yourself a favour and get onto the google, type in “Scamwatch” and read about the latest scams and how to identify them.

That’s all the excitement I have for you today.

As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665  or email shoaldvlo@police.nsw.gov.au.

Don’t forget, cops are tops.