Most perpetrators come under the cover of darkness, when you’re on holidays, or out for the weekend. Data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have been used to reflect on Australian home burglary rates from the 2020-2021 financial year.
An estimated 3.5% of Australian households either experienced a break-in or attempted break-in with 4% (394,600) experiencing malicious property damage during 2020-2021. The number of Australian households that experienced a break-in decreased from 2.4% in 2019-2020 whereas the rate of attempted break-ins was similar to the previous year. If something is broken, it is often a window or door, as 1.9% of attempted break-in victims discover damage or evidence of tampering to gain entry.
In 20% (34,200) of break-ins, personal items like jewellery and clothing are stolen. The next most likely items to be stolen were bicycles or sporting equipment 18% (30,800) with money, purses or wallets at 16% (26,900).
Australians don’t make much fuss over burglaries, as only 68% (116,700) of break-in victims reported it to the police, which was lower than the rate in 2019-20 (74%). Common reasons for not reporting the incident include:
- thinking there was nothing the police could do or would be willing to do 12% (20,800)
- thinking it too trivial or unimportant 11% (19,500)
What Are the Most Effective Burglary Deterrents?
While security systems can help deter burglars, a few simple mistakes will still make your home a target. Keeping a vacant-looking home with a full mailbox, unmoved trash bins can leave you exposed to opportunistic thieves. Here are some ideas to keep in mind;
- Avoid keeping jewellery, cash, laptops lying around
- Install multiple locks including a deadlock
- Dummy cameras and alarms are useless
- Ramp up home security with cameras, alarms and a video doorbell
- Privacy can work against you so cut those long hedges and shrubs
- 'Beware of the dog' signs won't stop thieves
- Keep good relations with your neighbour and watch out for each other
Make sure your home insurance is sorted during Christmas
One key thing that people tend to forget is that your home and contents cover may need to be amended if you have continually gathered more items of value. This is never more relevant than at Christmas. Those gifts - the flat screen TV, laptops or jewellery - may not be covered in the event of accidental damage or worse, theft. If you have recently undertaken any renovations or added an extension to your property to have a Christmas get-together then inform us to get adequate cover in case unexpected happens.
Informing DSH Insurance that your circumstances have changed is key in ensuring appropriate coverage. Make sure your home insurance policy is up to date over the holidays is crucial if you want to really relax and enjoy the festivities.
- Valuables - loss, theft or damage to unspecified or specified valuables items
- Accidental damage extension for your contents in the home
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Crime Victimisation, Australia
Note: This information is general in nature only. While DSH Insurance has ensured the information we’ve relied on is accurate and current, we do not guarantee it. For more information, visit Australian Bureau of Statistics.