Gold Coast residents planning on heading away for the silly season this year are being urged to properly secure their home, with thieves on the prowl.
It comes after one of the state’s biggest insurers revealed they received more than 126 claims for home theft over the festive season last year.
According to RACQ, items like cash, rings, computers and jewellery topped the Christmas thief’s list.
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“Unfortunately, thieves often strike at Christmas time because they know people will be away from home,” Spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.
“They also know many people might have valuable, new items at home ready for Christmas Day and strike before you’ve even had a chance to finish the wrapping.
“We’ve seen 2,619 claims for home theft in the last two years, with December and January some of the worst months for stolen items or building damage.”
Ms Ross said homeowners should do a few simple things before they leave their home unattended over the festive break.
“Make sure you dispose of receipts and packaging carefully so a thief going through your rubbish won’t be able to tell if there’s a new TV, gaming set or other tempting item inside your home,” she said.
“While it’s important to lock all windows and doors when you leave, you also need to do this when you’re home.
“It’s easy for someone to come in through an unlocked front door and take a few items undetected, while you’re out in the backyard enjoying the Christmas festivities.”