Posted March 07, 2020 17:10:13Machine tools can be used to steal your money, but they can also be used as a weapon, according to a report.
Machine tools such as corsets and headdresses are sometimes used as weapons by criminals and thieves to cause serious damage to your home, workplace, or even to steal cash.
“You might be tempted to use them as a tool of theft to get into your home or to steal money,” said Robyn Walker, a senior consultant at the Australian Taxation Office.
“You may think that’s fine because it’s not a high-risk type of crime but in fact it is,” Ms Walker said.
Cars with large number of engine blocks, which could contain a large amount of valuable information, are a common target for thieves, she said.
While the report found that the most common way thieves used a machine tool was to break it apart and remove the internal parts, there were some instances where thieves used tools that weren’t supposed to be used for that purpose, such as a screwdriver.
Ms Walker said there was an element of risk in using the tools as weapons, particularly in a workplace environment where people might be under pressure to do things.
There’s no specific rule around the use of a corset in a car.
It’s more common to use a screw driver to make a turn, which will cause damage to the corsetry.
While it’s possible to steal information by using tools that aren’t supposed, it is possible for thieves to also use tools to steal other things, such for example money.
“A lot of these machines are quite old,” Ms Brown said.
“They can cause significant damage to a property and then they’re then put in the drawer to be sold.”
The report also found that while most thieves used the tools to cause damage, there was a small number of people who were using the tool as a means of revenge.
When a corset or a headdress is stolen, the person may attempt to sell it online or on eBay for as much as $10,000, with the majority of the proceeds going to the intended victim, the report said.
Ms Walker advised people who used the tool to cause harm should not give it back.
If you suspect a person is using a tool for criminal purposes, contact police or the Crime Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000.
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