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Thieves target easy items such as laptops, gaming consoles

GAMING consoles and games are increasingly sought by thieves in Queensland, with the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii in or near the top 10 most stolen items last financial year.

NRMA Insurance data shows this year laptops and MP3 players top the list, and thefts across both categories have spiked compared to the past 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," NRMA Insurance spokeswoman Mariana Cidade said.

"We've also found that current generation gaming consoles and games are increasingly popular with thieves.

"This year the Nintendo DS was the ninth most stolen item and the Wii just missed out on the top 10 as the 11th most stolen.

"We have seen similar increases in thefts of smartphones and other high-value gadgets."

Ms Cidade said there were simple precautions residents could take to protect their homes.

"Remember to always lock up, regardless of whether you are away for five minutes or the entire holiday period," she said.

"Avoid leaving packaging for big tickets items outside your home and use light timers so it looks like someone is home."

NRMA Insurance recommends these 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, and 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 is up to date.

Topics:  crime police queensland theft



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