All I want for Christmas is peace of mind

With one week to go until Christmas, RACQ has urged Queenslanders to speak to their neighbours about home security before heading away for the holidays.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said despite the heightened risk of break-ins with many families going away over the festive season, RACQ member research found 93 percent of Queenslanders would report suspicious people in their neighbourhood.

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“It’s fantastic we as Queenslanders band together to help protect our neighbours and communities from crime during the festive season,” Ms Clinton said.

“More than 90 percent would raise a red flag over a suspicious vehicle in their area and 80 percent of people told us they feel comfortable asking their neighbours to keep an eye on their properties while they’re away.”

Ms Clinton said a further 74 percent said they would enlist their neighbours help to take on small security jobs while they holidayed.

“Having a trusted neighbour perform simple jobs like clearing the letter box, mowing the lawn or parking in the driveway is a good deterrent to would-be thieves,” she said.

“As Christmas is traditionally a high-risk time for home theft, it’s comforting to know you have vigilant neighbours on the look-out when you’re not at home.

“However, first and foremost, you should lock your doors and secure your property before you head away.”