Lock up your home this Easter

CLARENCE Valley residents taking off on holidays are being reminded to lock up their homes as Easter is a
prime time for thieves to strike.

NRMA insurance data shows technology items are the most commonly stolen property.

The data shows laptops, MP3 players and digital cameras continue to be the most popular items with thieves as they are popular, portable and easy to pawn.

NRMA Insurance spokesperson Andrew Tubb urged residents to take extra care with home security over the Easter break, especially if going away.

“Residents can take some simple precautions such as marking their driver licence number on the back of electronic valuables, avoid leaving tell-tale packaging for big tickets items out and remember to always lock up, regardless of whether you are away for five minutes or the entire holiday period," he said.

Thieves only need a few minutes to break-in and steal your valuables.

“Plus it’s a nice time to get to know your neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on your place while you’re on holiday," he said.

"Not only does having good neighbourly relations help to build a sense of community spirit, it can assist with keeping your home secure by having an eye on your place when you go away."

NRMA Insurance recommends the following home security tips:
• Lock the house every time you go out;
• If you are going on holidays, ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house; collect the mail and
newspapers
• Don’t leave tell-tale packaging for big ticket items – tear it up and put it in the recycling bin;
• Keep your home looking lived in with open blinds and timer switches on lights;
• Never leave a message on your answering machine saying you are not home;
• Mark your driver licence number and state on the back of all electronic valuables;
• Keep your car keys safe and not in any obvious places – burglars could steal your car;
• Secure garages and garden sheds and remove valuables from your garden.
 



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