For most, the festive season is a time for giving and receiving presents. That includes thieves, for whom the Christmas holiday period can be a busy time.
At the shops
Everyone is after a bargain in their Christmas shopping, and it can be great to find a steal.
But thieves are out there looking for a steal of their own.
Shoppers can make multiple trips with pricey presents piling up in the boot and back seat. Victoria Police say thieves are well aware of this and target cars in the lead-up to Christmas.
It’s best to keep Christmas presents away from view, and always remember to lock your car.
At home (and away)
While presents are under the Christmas tree, and once you’ve opened them, remember to take the usual security precautions, even in the heat. Lock doors and windows and don’t leave tempting items in view.
RACV security solutions product manager Toly Christofakakis says a big deterrent is a visible security system monitored by a back-to-base monitoring centre.
“Research shows burglars are less likely to target a property if a security system is present and clearly visible,” he says.
Toly says it’s important to not advertise the fact you have a new laptop or big-ticket item by putting the box out on the nature strip.
Social media has become a tool for thieves. Location-sharing features used sometimes unintentionally by holiday makers can give away exact locations.
These features tell people who is on holiday and indicate an empty home. Try turning off location sharing, and don’t announce travel plans and dates to the world.
Don’t share your home address. If you do need to pass it on to someone, do so by private message.
Check privacy settings on each platform regularly as they can change.