Queenslanders urged to lock up or lose it

RACQ data has revealed Logan and the Gold Coast were Queensland’s worst spots for home and car theft, with more than 10,000 insurance claims received in the past four years.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said 812 Logan residents had made claims for home theft and 621 claims for motor vehicle theft had been made on the Gold Coast since 2016. 

“We’ve seen a steady rise in car theft claims over the past four years, with December the busiest time of year for thieves,” Ms Ross said. 

“It’s concerning the Gold Coast again tops the list for motor vehicle theft and we’re urging locals to take some simple steps to protect themselves. 

“Never leave your keys or valuables in sight and make sure you’re parking your car in a secure location and keeping the windows up.”

While RACQ had seen a slight decline in home theft claims, nearly 6,000 claims for burglary had been made in four years, with November the worst month for a break-in.

“Logan residents, and people right across the State, need to be wary of leaving windows and doors unlocked because this is an easy way for thieves to walk in and steal from you. It’s also worth looking into sensor lights and other alarm systems to protect you,” Ms Ross said. 

“Thieves are often opportunistic, so make sure your home is as secure as possible and properly value your items when insuring your home and contents.”

Qld's top five locations for home theft* Qld's top five locations for car theft*
Logan (812) Gold Coast (621)
Gold Coast (799) Logan (431)
Brisbane South (716) Moreton Bay (387)
Moreton Bay (675) Townsville (327)
Ipswich (399) Brisbane - South (316)

Sunshine Coast's top five locations for home theft* Sunshine Coast's top five locations for car theft*
Buderim (21) Mooloolaba (11)
Pelican Waters (16) Maroochydore, Nambour (both 10)
Nambour, Bli Bli (both 14) Buderim (9)
Parrearra (11) Caloundra (7)
Mountain Creek (8) Pelican Waters (6)

Gold Coast's top five locations for home theft* Gold Coast's top five locations for car theft*
Ormeau (40) Southport (46)
Upper Coomera (36) Upper Coomera 921)
Robina (31) Helensvale (20)
Oxenford (30) Labrador (19)
Helensvale (27) Surfers Paradise (18)

Brisbane's top five locations for home theft* Brisbane's top five locations for car theft*
Forest Lake (79) Forest Lake (27)
Carindale (63) Inala (22)
Kuraby (62) Sunnybank Hills, Bracken Ridge (19)
Sunnybank Hills (60) Annerley (17)
Eight Mile Plains (59) Brassall (15)

*2016-2019 data