Gold Coasters heading away for Christmas are being urged to take precautions to protect their homes from heartless thieves this holiday season.
The warning comes after newly-released RACQ data revealed more than $11 million worth of property had been stolen from Queensland households in the past two years.
On the Gold Coast, Ormeau, Upper Coomera, Nerang, Arundel and Worongary are the hot spots for theft – with residents being urged to ensure they lock up.
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RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said jewellery topped the list as thieves’ most preferred item to take.
“Jewellery was stolen in more than half of all home break-in claims we received in the past two years,” Ms Clinton said.
“While insurance can replace the items, we can’t replace the memories that come along with sentimental objects like family heirlooms.
“Other popular items for thieves are computers, cash, bags/luggage and handheld electrical tools.”
Ms Clinton said there were several steps homeowners could take to make sure their properties were as safe as possible over the holidays.
“Prevention is always the best option – so take care this Christmas to keep your property secure to protect your belongings.”
“It’s about remembering the basics, like locking your doors, arming alarms and securing all entry points where a burglar could attempt to break in.”
Tips to protect your home this Christmas:
- Deadlock doors and windows
- Avoid posting about your holiday plans on social media
- Don’t assume high windows or balcony doors are too hard for thieves to access
- Store easy to carry items such as laptops, jewellery and cash out of sight
- Consider installing a safe
- Ask neighbours, family or friends to regularly clear your letterbox, mow your lawn or park in your drive way to make your home look habited
- Consider a timer on lights or a radio to give your home the appearance someone is home