COVID-19: Cyber Security is not the only risk when working from home

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation at the beginning of Y2020, causing a huge impact on people’s lives, communities and economies around the world. This also has had a sudden effect on organisations, changing the ways of working and bringing new cyber risks to every single one of us.

However, cyber-security is not the only risk after the pandemic, your home security is more critical. Preliminary figures in March show that the number of Criminal Incident Rate had been increased by 4.3% and Offence Rate increased by 3.5%.

Assistant Commissioner says opportunistic home thefts, vehicle-related crime and burglaries are a huge risk and strongly suggest homeowners take simple preventative measures to protect home and family safety.

The typical offence cases are the thieves entering homes either through open or unlocked doors and windows to steal items in the home or car, including car keys. In Australia, 7 out of 10 cars are stolen with the keys according to the report statistics.

Why people working from home but home security issue is more serious than before? “Some people working from home are becoming relaxed over security measures” according to random survey after stolen cases.

The survey report also revealed that in the past when people went to work, they proactively turned their alarm system on before the left from home. But now, some people think they’re just ducking out for essentials like groceries or a couple of minutes’ exercise and they even don’t think it is necessary to turn the alarm system on.

On the other hand, people is thinking they’re working from home and can see their cars in the driveway. However, it doesn’t mean that you should leave valuable things like watches, handbag or even wallet in your car, leave it unlocked or, even worse, leave your keys in the ignition. The burglars will not miss the chance to get into your garage or your home if you leaving a garage-door remote opener in the car and leaving keys in the ignition effectively.

There’d been two car stolen cases occurred in a same street in   and no one is immune from opportunistic theft.

Victoria Police tips to deter burglars: 

  • Install an alarm system and/or CCTV. 
  • Install good-quality locks on doors and windows. 
  • Lock all windows and doors; unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry point for burglars. 
  • Ensure garage doors and internal access entries to the house and backyard are locked. 
  • Lock your home when you enter or leave and place keys out of sight. 
  • Report any suspicious behaviour to police immediately via Triple Zero (000). 
  • Victoria Police tips to avoid vehicle-related theft: 
  • Lock your car at all times – even when parking at home in the driveway or garage. 
  • Secure your keys and never leave them in your car. 
  • Park in well-lit and secure areas if possible. 
  • Don’t leave valuable items, including tools, in your vehicle. 
  • Tradespeople should lock their vehicles and secure their tools even when they’re on a building site.

Stay Healthy! Stay Safety!