Gold Coasters are being urged to ensure they lock up their homes and cars, with the city named as Queensland’s worst region for car theft and second worst for home theft.
The coast suburbs that appear to be the biggest targets for car theft include Southport, Upper Coomera and Helensvale.
While Ormeau, Upper Coomera and Robina rank the worst for home theft.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross says they’ve seen more than 600 cars stolen on the Gold Coast in the past four years, with northern suburbs the hot spots.
“It’s concerning the Gold Coast again tops the list for motor vehicle theft and we’re urging locals to take some simple steps to protect themselves,” Ms Ross told myGC.
“Never leave your keys or valuables in sight and make sure you’re parking your car in a secure location and keeping the windows up.”
While RACQ had seen a slight decline in home theft claims across the State, there were nearly 800 claims for burglary across the Gold Coast.
“Ormeau residents, and people right across the State, need to be wary of leaving windows and doors unlocked because this is an easy way for thieves to walk in and steal from you.
It’s also worth looking into sensor lights and other alarm systems to protect you,” Ms Ross said.
“Thieves are often opportunistic, so make sure your home is as secure as possible and properly value your items when insuring your home and contents.”