Aggravated burglaries have increased by 65 per cent in Victoria over the last two years, according to an RACV analysis of crime data statistics to be tabled at today’s Australian Vehicle Crime Conference in Melbourne.
The analysis of Crime Statistics Agency data for 2016 shows that in almost a third of aggravated burglaries (when a burglary occurs while someone is at home or the intruder has a weapon), intruders entered the home through an unlocked door.
RACV will discuss the link between home invasion and car theft at the conference to an audience including Victoria Police, theft reduction experts, and auto theft investigators.
RACV will today outline how Victorians can do more to protect themselves and their families against this growing threat to personal safety.
Aaron Flavell, RACV General Manager of Home Services and Security said, “We know that overall, burglaries rose by 11 per cent in 2016 with the rise in aggravated burglaries being even more concerning.
“RACV wants to help the community work together to reduce crime and encourages them to start taking some simple steps to protect their homes and families.
Steps such as locking doors whether you’re at home or not and storing your car keys out of sight are the easiest way you can deter potential intruders and protect yourself and your property.”
RACV has developed some tips on how Victorians can protect themselves:
RACV’s home security tips
In the event of a home invasion:
- Never confront offenders and keep your distance where possible.
- Comply with all demands. Valuables are replaceable – you are not.
- Don’t touch anything or try to clean up the scene.
- Press the panic button on the key fob linked to your alarm system (if you have one)
- Call the police for help when it is safe to do so.
- Focus on your family – get them into a safe and comfortable area where the impact of home invasion is not visible.
- Consider contacting support organisations such as Victims of Crime to help you deal with the trauma.
- Lock the doors at all times. A large proportion of burgled homes were not locked at the time.
- Ensure that all doors and windows are well secured with locks made to Australian standards.
- Consider installing a monitored security alarm system and activate it when you are home as well as when you are away.
- Get to know your neighbours and help to look out for each other.
- Keep your valuables out of sight (i.e. car keys, jewellery, laptop, and cash) to prevent theft.
- Park prestige cars in a garage to reduce your chance of being targeted.
- Talk to your family about what to do in emergencies such as a house fire or home invasion. Having a plan in place can help keep you safe.
When you go away:
- Be careful with your personal information online – use privacy settings to make sure any information you put online about going away can only be seen by your family and friends.
- Make your house look lived-in: put your mail on hold or have someone collect it. If you’re taking the car, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.
- Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house. Leave a set with a trusted friend or family member.
- Always lock your tools away. They can be used to break into a property, or even as weapons.
- Consider installing motion sensor lighting to help deter criminals and alert others to their presence.
More home security information available at: www.racv.com.au/security