Gold Coast residents have been warned to be extra vigilant after new RACQ data showed the region was the worst location in the State for car and home thefts.
RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said almost 400 cars had been stolen on the Gold Coast since 2015, with almost 650 homes burgled.
“This data proves the Gold Coast is a hot spot for criminals,” Ms Clinton said.
“Local residents need to be vigilant about home and car security to ensure they’re not victims in the future.”
Ms Clinton said thieves were often opportunistic, and there were some simple steps property owners could take to avoid being targeted.
“Always lock your car doors and keep the windows up, park in a secure garage or well-lit, well-populated location and never leave valuables on display in your vehicle,” she said.
“When it comes to your home, lock your doors, consider investing in an alarm or sensor light, and if you trust your neighbours, ask them to be on the lookout when you’re away.”
Top five locations for car theft claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):
- Gold Coast – 382 claims
- Logan – 280 claims
- Townsville – 224 claims
- Moreton Bay – 215 claims
- Brisbane South – 174 claims.
Top five locations for home burglary claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):
- Gold Coast – 647 claims
- Logan – 627 claims
- Moreton Bay – 511 claims
- Brisbane South – 507 claims
- Ipswich – 313 claims.