Hand tools in top 10 thefts

Alpine Observer - - News -

A LEAD­ING in­surer had has dis­closed that high-tech gifts likely to be un­der Christ­mas trees this year – such as lap­tops, tablets, and mo­bile tele­phones – are in Vic­to­ria’s top 10 stolen items.

In the fi­nan­cial year end­ing June 30, RACV mem­bers made $2.2 mil­lion worth of con­tent in­surance claims for theft of lap­tops, cam­eras, mo­bile phones and tablets.

Fol­low­ing jew­ellery and hand tools, the third most stolen item over­all was lap­tops, with a to­tal claim value of al­most $1 mil­lion.

The other items were cash, cam­eras, watches, clothes, shoes and com­puter ac­ces­sories.

“Aus­tralians are tipped to spend a col­lec­tive $11 bil­lion on Christ­mas presents this year, which means a lot of brand new items in house­holds across Vic­to­ria in 2018,” said RACV Home In­surance gen­eral man­ager Stacey Ma­her.

“Our data shows that in the last fi­nan­cial year 2500 con­sumer elec­tri­cal items were stolen.

“This data shows that in­ci­dents of theft are far more com­mon than many of us like to be­lieve.” Po­lice Crime Preven­tion Tips Lock all win­dows and doors, even when you’re at home;

Un­locked side and rear doors and win­dows are the most com­mon en­try points for bur­glars;

In­stall dead­locks on all ex­ter­nal doors and win­dows – re­mem­ber to dis­en­gage dead­locks when you are in­side to al­low easy es­cape in the event of a fire; In­stall a se­cu­rity screen door; Lock your mail­box to pre­vent the theft of mail and per­sonal doc­u­ments;

Keep gar­den tools and lad­ders locked away. Your tools may be usedby thieves dur­ing a bur­glary to gain en­try to your home ;

Keep garages and sheds locked.

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