Spike in home break-ins prompts RAA security advice

20 June, 2023

Homeowners are being warned to be vigilant as police figures reveal a jump in home break-ins in South Australia. 

In the first four months of this year, 2,049 people were caught breaking into a residential property in SA – an increase of 16 per cent when compared with the same time in 2022. 

RAA Insurance spokesperson Shaun Ryan said homeowners could take simple steps to prevent a break-in. 

“No one wants to be robbed, and by taking some preventative measures you can help to deter thieves,” he said. 

“We urge householders to follow SAPOL security advice, which includes measures 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. 

“These cameras can detect motion and send a notification to your phone, so you can check if anyone unexpected has shown up at your house.” 

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 
  • 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). 

Shaun said any homeowners heading on a holiday should also be aware of the increased risk of a break-in. 

“If you’re heading away for an extended period, 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,” he said. 

“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.’’ 

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