Check your locks and check them twice: RACQ

Queenslanders going away for Christmas have been urged to consider their home security before heading off as new RACQ insurance data revealed home theft claims had totaled $19 million from almost 5,000 claims in the past three years.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said in the excitement of planning, packing and finishing work for the year people often overlooked simple safety precautions that could protect their home and belongings.

“There is so much to think about as you pack and head away over the Christmas period, that unfortunately home security can often be forgotten,” Ms Ross said.

“It may only take a few minutes but it could save you a lot of heartache if it prevents a break in.

“We hate hearing stories about people coming home from a wonderful holiday to find their belongings, maybe even their brand new Christmas gifts, have been stolen.”

Ms Ross said there were a number of simple steps people could take to keep their homes secure.

“Firstly, remember the basics. Shut and lock your doors and windows, arm your alarm if you have one, and ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.”

Additional tips to secure your home this Christmas:

  • Deadlock doors and windows – don’t assume high windows or balcony doors are too hard for thieves to access
  • Avoid posting about your holiday plans on social media
  • Store easy to carry items such as laptops, jewellery and cash out of sight
  • Consider installing a safe
  • Ask trusted 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
  • Check your home and contents insurance is up to date.