City's eastern suburbs are worst for break-ins

IPSWICH'S eastern suburbs have been identified as home invasion hotspots, with cash and jewellery the most targeted items.

Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park, Camira, Carole Park, Gailes, Goodna and Springfield recorded the highest number of break-ins last year, with two theft claims made in every 100 RACQ insurance policies, according to the latest statistics from the Queensland insurer.

The suburbs of Fernvale, Karalee, Karana Downs, Pine Mountain, South Ripley, Thagoona and Walloon followed closely behind, recording a theft claim rate of 1.58 per 100 policy holders.

Homes with the postcode 4305, including Brassall, Flinders View, Leichhardt, Newtown and Yamanto, also rated highly at 1.42 claims in the RACQ snapshot.

Executive manager insurance communications Mike Sopinski said a quarter of residents had been home at the time they were robbed. He said 20% of Queenslanders had been broken into at some point.

"Surprisingly, one-third of Queensland householders admitted to sometimes leaving their homes unlocked, making break-ins easy for thieves," he said.

According to RACQ's latest findings, more than 70% of break-ins occurred when thieves forced doors and windows open, while a quarter of robbers just walked in.

The most sought after items were cash (12.5%), jewellery (11.2%), laptops (5.1%), handbags or wallets (4.1%) and flat screen televisions (3.5%).

Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald reminded residents to be vigilant about security and ensure windows and doors were locked before they left the house.

"When you are home, your security awareness needs to be as high as when you are out," he said.

Mr Sopinski said most home theft was opportunistic and could be avoided by keeping expensive items out of sight and never leaving car keys or wallets beside open windows and doors.

LOCK IT UP

  • 25% of residents are home when they are robbed;
  • One in five houses in Queensland has been broken into at one point in time;
  • 32% of householders admitted to not locking their homes.


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