ALMOST one in three Australians over 50 have been the victim of a break-in while they are still in their own home.
Research conducted by insurance company Apia also showed almost twothirds ( 63 per cent) of those who have had their home broken into while they were inside, were not even aware the intruder was in the house.
Apia executive manager Craig Dingle said the research highlighted the importance of older residents remaining security conscious, even when at home.
‘‘ Apia’s research found that a third of Australians over 50 ( 33 per Apia insurance research found: > 17 per cent of over 50s surveyed nationally sometimes left a spare house key under a door mat or pot plant > 34 per cent sometimes left their front or back door unlocked > 28 per cent sometimes left window locks unlocked > 39 per cent of people aged over 50 with home security systems admitted they sometimes left home without switching the alarm on cent) admit they are apprehensive or uneasy about leaving their home empty when they go on holidays in case it is broken into while they are away, but the data shows that many thefts can occur even when the home is occupied,’’ Mr Dingle said.
‘‘ Coming face to face with an intruder during a home invasion can be a frightening and dangerous experience, so i t makes sense to reduce the risk of a break-in by following some basic security precautions while at home.
‘ ‘ C o n s i d e r l o c k i n g external doors and windows if you’re going to be out in the garden or in a n o t h e r a r e a o f t h e house, and not leaving handbags or keys within