Warning of rise in residential burglaries

21 June, 2022

Serious Criminal Trespass – or home burglaries – have surged 18 per cent, latest SAPOL figures show, prompting a warning for residents to be vigilant.

In the 12 months to April this year, police records revealed 5984 homes were targeted – 900 more than the corresponding period. 

RAA Insurance spokesman Mark Borlace said the alarming jump in home burglaries highlighted the need for homeowners to be wary.

“No one wants to be robbed – especially of irreplaceable family memories such as videos and photos,’’ he said. 

“That’s why we urge householders to follow SAPOL home security advice.’’

This 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).

Mr Borlace said police records in the 12 months to April this year also showed an 18% increase in motor vehicle theft/illegal use and a 22% increase in theft of items from a motor vehicle.

“RAA recommends parking your vehicle in a garage or carport wherever possible,’’ he said.

 “You should also install sensor lights in your driveway to deter thieves.

“If you must park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area, and always lock your vehicle.

He also urged motorists to remove valuables from their vehicles, including house keys and important documents which may reveal where they live, rather than keeping them stashed out of view.