Kiwi security concerns weaken, says report

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New Zealanders are more relaxed about security issues than most of the rest of the world, the latest results of the Unisys Security Index show.

Fears about identity theft and financial fraud are the top global concerns: the first is the primary security concern of respondents in nine of the 14 countries surveyed; credit or debit card misuse ranks first or second in 12 of the 14 countries.

But in New Zealand the index has declined seven points since August 2007, meaning that New Zealanders are slightly less concerned across the surveyed range of security issues, says Unisys New Zealand security specialist Mike Webber.

“In spite of higher interest rates and fuel costs, New Zealanders are the third least concerned nation when it comes to meeting essential financial obligations,” he says. “Unsurprisingly, New Zealand is also third least concerned regarding national security.”

Webber observes that the New Zealand index jumped sharply in 2007 after the Ruatoki police raids but has since fallen back.

“This supports the notion that if people become very concerned about one aspect of their sense of security, they also report being very concerned about the other aspects of security.”

The Unisys Security Index presents a social indicator that measures consumer concern in relation to four areas of security: national, financial, internet and personal safety.

The first global research was in August 2007 as part of a bi-annual study to gauge consumer sentiment about security issues in 14 countries. The current research includes responses from 13,296 peopled polled between March and April.

Webber says drastic differences shown between regions prove that security is a local issue, despite the many threats that extend across geographic borders without discrimination.

One of the few consistencies across all regions was an apparent lack of concern about using the internet to shop, bank and email.

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