Hand tools in top 10 thefts
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.