Home theft warning: RAC

AN insurance company is urging West Australians to remain vigilant in securing their properties after experiencing a spike in home burglary claims.

RAC insurance home claims manager Glen Walker said there had been a 25 per cent increase in the number of home burglary claims for July and August this year, compared with the same period in 2014.

During that period, the suburbs with the biggest increase in home burglary claims were Morley, from two claims in 2014 to eight in 2015, Thornlie (seven to eight) and Swan View (four to eight).

Mr Walker said last year RAC received 385 home contents theft claims for the July-August period, with Morley, Noranda and Nollamara the suburbs with the biggest increase.

For July and August, Morley increased from two theft claims in 2014 to eight in 2015, Noranda from zero to seven and Nollamara one to seven.

Mr Walker said this year there had been 480 home contents theft claims, which equated to a 25 per cent increase for that same period last year.

“We have also seen the average cost of contents theft claims increase by about $400 a claim this financial year,” he said.

“This equates to an extra $95,000 worth of items being stolen every month.

“Our advice to West Australians is to always lock up your home.

“We’d also remind people to keep garden sheds and workshops locked as power tools are at a high risk of being stolen.”