According to a report on claims data from RACV Insurance, rented properties are 70 per cent more likely to be burgled than owner-occupied homes, and experts say that densely-packed urban areas where apartment living is rife are targets for opportunist thieves.
And on top of this, figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research also show that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are peak times for burglaries and break-ins with an increase in daily offences up to nearly 30 per cent during the holidays.
At Ace, we’re urging strata communities to be aware of the increased risks of property theft over the holidays and to ensure that the proper security measures are in place to prevent a potentially devastating incident.
Police records are showing an increase in property crime in Australian regions, with particular emphasis on secure apartment complexes and owners need to be vigilant ahead of the holiday period.”
Of major concern is mailbox theft, due to many residents and owners not collecting mail during the holiday period, which opens communities up to serious identity theft.
In some cases it’s easier for burglars to get into larger apartment complexes where tenants would be less concerned about letting unfamiliar faces in.
So often it is a case of poor processes being exploited by thieves, and we’re eager to owners make a concerted efforted to follow their community security policies as closely as possible to deter thieves.
This month, 19 break-ins occurred over a night in by a suspected group in Townsville, many of which were facilitated by unlocked properties.
Ace is encouraging strata communities to be one step ahead when it comes to property security.