While you’re away the thieves will play

27 March 2013

SGIO data shows current generation gaming consoles and games are increasingly sought by thieves in WA with both the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii in the top ten most stolen items last financial year.

Laptops and digital cameras continue to top the list and thefts across both categories have spiked compared to the last two financial years.

“Our claims data shows that burglars consistently target easy to grab items like laptops, MP3 players and digital cameras because they tend to be light to carry and easy to pawn*,” said SGIO spokesperson Mariana Cidade.

“We’ve also found that current generation gaming consoles and games are increasingly popular with thieves. We have seen similar increases in thefts of smartphones and other high-value gadgets’.

Ms Cidade said there are simple precautions WA residents can take to protect their homes.

“Remember to always lock up, regardless of whether you are away for five minutes or the entire holiday period. Avoid leaving packaging for big tickets items outside your home and use light timers so it looks like someone is home,” said Ms Cidade.

SGIO 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
  • Don’t share your whereabouts on social media
  • 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
  • Ensure your home contents insurance is up-to-date

The top ten items stolen from WA homes over 2011–2012 were:

2MP3 players
3Compact digital cameras
4Mobile phones (3G)
5Games consoles - PlayStation 3
7Digital SLR cameras
8Games consoles - Nintendo Wii
9Computer accessories - USB, portable hard drive etc
10Jewellery / watches

* Based on SGIO Home Contents claims data sourced for Financial Years 2009–2010, 2010–2011 and 2011–2012.

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