RAA reminds homeowners to lock up these holidays

6 October, 2023

South Australians are being reminded to secure their homes as SA Police statistics show a slight increase in home break-ins this year. 

In the first seven months of 2023, 3,470 people were caught breaking into a residential property in SA – a 10 per cent increase when compared to 2022.

RAA Insurance Chief Executive Tara Page said school holiday periods were especially important times to remember to secure your home, with many people heading away.

“Police data shows a slight increase in serious criminal trespasses this year, with the cost-of-living crisis potentially causing more people to get desperate and turn to crime,” Ms Page said.

“We’re urging all householders to make sure they’re following SAPOL security advice, as simple preventative measures can go a long way.

“These measures can include things like installing sensor lights, and keeping trees and bushes in front of your house well trimmed.

“Technology such as WiFi security cameras are also continuing to become more affordable, so we recommend looking at installing those if you have any security concerns at your property. 

“If you’re heading on holiday, plan ahead to have mail deliveries held back or redirected, and ask family, friends or neighbours to pick up junk mail and check on your place. 

“And if your social media profiles are set to public, don’t post about being away from home, especially if your house has been left unattended.’’ 

SAPOL Home security advice includes: 

  • locking all doors and windows even when you are in the back yard 
  • keeping house keys, car keys and garage remote controls in a safe location, as robbers may use them to gain entry to your home or to steal your car 
  • installing and activating an alarm system or security cameras
  • keeping trees and bushes in front of doors and windows trimmed to avoid being used as hiding places 
  • consider installing external sensor lighting and a peep hole (door viewer). 

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