The Road Ahead : February March 2012
MAKES YOUR DAY 67 FEB/MAR 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD INSURANCE MEMBER ESSENTIALS WITH EASTER HOLIDAYS approaching and in light of the latest police statistics for break-ins, RACQ Insurance cautions members to pay attention to their home security. The Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review 2010-11 showed home break and enters across Queensland remain high, with 24,955 cases of unlawful entry being reported to local police. RACQ Insurance executive manager communications Mike Sopinski said that the majority of home theft was opportunistic and many householders unknowingly made it easy for thieves to enter properties by not putting in place basic home security measures. "The most common entry point for thieves is an external door such as the front or back door, yet householders often forget to lock deadlocks or to use window locks," Mr Sopinski said. To help overcome worries about potential burglary while on holidays or at home, Mr Sopinski recommended undertaking a few basic security measures. "Try leaving some lights on or arranging for a house-sitter," he said. "Another common protection measure is to ask a friend, neigh or cleaner to collect mail or keep an eye on home while you're away." Mr Sopinski said there were some comm practices that were basically like putting o welcome mat for would-be thieves. "Residents often leave house keys in pla such as under doormats and pot plants," h said. "However, doormats and pot plants at home entrances are among the first places thieves will check when trying to break int home." Before a holiday is a good time to check home contents insurance is adequate and high-value items are covered. RACQ Insura provides cover on unoccupied homes for u 60 days, but the policyholder will need to g contact if their home will be vacant for a l period. "That 24,955 Queensland homes have experienced a break-in over the past year shows the risk of burglary is real -- a home contents insurance policy provides protect and should be updated regularly," Mr Sopin said. STORY BELINDA PETERS INSURANCE PRODUCTS ARE ISSUED BY RACQ INSURANCE LIMITED. CONTACT OUR BRANCHES, AGENCIES OR PHONE 13 1905 FOR A PRODUCT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. PLEASE READ THE PDS BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY DECISION REGARDING THIS PRODUCT. hbour n the mon out a ces, he t s toa your that ance up to get in onger tion nski ESSENTIAL INFO Keep your home safe by following these basic security measures: • Make sure everyone in your home is equally security conscious and follows a routine to check locks and switch on alarms when leaving the house. • Store easy-to-carry, expensive items such as laptops, MP3 players and jewellery away and out of sight -- consider installing a safe. • Don't leave doors or windows wide open even while you're at home. • Don't leave car keys and wallets beside open windows or doors. • Engage deadlocks when you leave the house. • Arrange for someone to collect your mail when you're on holiday or ask the post office to hold it until you return. have a break, not a break-in Keep your home safe during the Easter break with these tips from RACQ Insurance.
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