Don't give thieves an even break

WITH the Easter break only a hop away, Coffs Coast residents should review their home security before heading off.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, NSW experienced 78,800 household break-ins in 2008-2009, the highest number of any state or territory.

Despite this, only 28.5 per cent of NSW residents perceive home burglaries to be a problem in their area.

“Unfortunately many people think it will never happen to them but when a break-in does occur there are numerous personal and practical implications,” said ADT Security’s Mark Norton.

“Beyond the emotional trauma of having strangers in your home and losing sentimental possessions, dealing with police, insurance companies and replacing stolen goods is typically a very time-consuming task.

“The message is to be proactive and not wait until you are the victim of a home robbery before you take action to protect your property and family.”

Across the country the most common types of property stolen during a break-in include money (18 per cent), electronic equipment (14 per cent, garden tools (13 per cent) and jewellery (12 per cent).

By ensuring your home is properly secured, you can avoid the following issues which arise after a break-in:

 Liaising with police and insurance companies;

 Searching your home top to bottom to find out exactly what has been stolen;

 Reviewing home security measures;

 Dealing with emotional trauma;

 Experiencing additional costs.



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