Laptops and digital cameras continue to top the list and thefts across both categories have spiked compared to the last two financial years.
“Our claims data shows that burglars consistently target easy to grab items like laptops, MP3 players and digital cameras because they tend to be light to carry and easy to pawn*,” said NRMA Insurance spokesperson Mariana Cidade.
“We’ve also found that current generation gaming consoles and games are increasingly popular with thieves. We have seen similar increases in thefts of smartphones and other high-value gadgets’.
Ms Cidade said there are simple precautions NSW and ACT residents can take to protect their homes.
“Remember to always lock up, regardless of whether you are away for five minutes or the entire holiday period. Avoid leaving packaging for big tickets items outside your home and use light timers so it looks like someone is home,” said Ms Cidade.
NRMA Insurance recommends the following home security tips:
- Lock the house every time you go out;
- If you are going on holidays, ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house; collect the mail and newspapers
- Don’t leave tell-tale packaging for big ticket items – tear it up and put it in the recycling bin;
- Keep your home looking lived in with open blinds and timer switches on lights;
- Never leave a message on your answering machine saying you are not home;
- Don’t share your whereabouts on social media;
- Mark your driver licence number and state on the back of all electronic valuables;
- Keep your car keys safe and not in any obvious places – burglars could steal your car;
- Secure garages and garden sheds and remove valuables from your garden
- Ensure your home contents insurance(http://www.nrma.com.au/home-insurance/contents) is up-to-date.
The top ten items stolen from NSW and ACT homes over 2011 – 2012 were:
Compact digital cameras
Mobile phones (3G)
Digital SLR cameras
Computer accessories – USB, portable hard drive etc
Game consoles – PlayStation 3
Game consoles – Nintendo Wii
NRMA Insurance operates in NSW, QLD, ACT and TAS as part of Insurance Australia Group (IAG). IAG is a fully diversified insurance group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom. It underwrites around $7.8 billion of insurance premiums each year and employs more than 13,000 people.
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