Long weekend warning: lock up or lose it Mackay

Mackay residents have been urged to implement basic safety measures to protect their home from theft ahead of the upcoming long weekends.

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The warning came as RACQ insurance data revealed 3,819 claims for home theft in the past three years, with Brisbane South, Logan/Beaudesert, Gold Coast and Ipswich the worst hit areas. Mackay came in at number 17 on the list with 74 claims.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton warned locals not to become complacent after spending significant amounts of time at home in 2020. 

“It’s great to see everyone getting out and about again and enjoying our great State, but before you head off for the long weekends, take a few minutes to ensure you protect your property,” Ms Clinton said. 

“The simplest things are often easily forgotten, so make sure you double check you’ve locked all doors and windows before you set off.

“Don’t advertise on social media that you’re on holidays, you can post your happy snaps when you return. 

“If you’re heading away for a longer period of time, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to check your mail, mow your lawn and take your bins in and out. A neglected home, which is normally neat and tidy, is a clear sign no one is about. 

“If you can afford to, invest in a timer for your lights or television, a security camera or even technology which allows you to control features in your home via your phone.    

“And make sure your insurance cover is up to date to ensure your valuables can be replaced in the event of threat.”

Top five regions for home theft claims from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021: 

1. Brisbane South – 521 claims
2. Logan – Beaudesert – 488 claims
3. Gold Coast – 453 claims
4. Ipswich – 249 claims
5. Brisbane Inner City – 235 claims.