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Economic Crisis Increases NZers' Security Concerns - Survey

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Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Most New Zealanders believe the economic crisis will increase their personal risk from identity theft and related crime, a survey has found.

Research released today as part of the Unisys Security Index also found increased levels of concern held by New Zealanders on a range of issues including computer security, unauthorised access to personal information, the security of online transactions and credit and debit card fraud.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they believed their personal risk level of identity theft and related crime would increase as a result of the global economic crisis. Only 3 percent believed their level of risk would decrease.

"The global economic downturn is clearly starting to bite. The latest Unisys Security Index shows an increase in concerns about the security of online activities such as shopping and/or banking as well as growing concern about financial fraud; both issues which people perceive to be a greater risk in a declining economy," Unisys New Zealand's security spokesman Mike Webber said.

The April index was at its highest level since December 2007 and the second highest result since the index was launched in New Zealand in September 2006.

The April index rose 15 points to 124 -- on the index scale of zero to 300, with 30 representing the highest level of perceived concern among the 506 survey respondents.

Mr Webber said 58 percent of respondents were to some degree concerned about their ability to meet essential financial obligations such as mortgages, loans and credit card payments.

The April index found increased concern expressed by New Zealanders across four areas of security:

* National security increased 10 points to 106

* Financial security increased 14 points to 137

* Internet security increased 18 points to 129

* Personal security increased 15 points to 123.

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