Latest Report: Forest Lake Is Top Location For Theft In Brisbane

Latest Report: Forest Lake Is Top Location For Theft In Brisbane
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The worst locations for home and car theft across the state has been revealed, with Forest Lake topping the list in Brisbane.

Logan and Gold Coast were top home and car theft hotspots in Qld, based on the 1,000 insurance claims received from 2016-2019, RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said. A total of 812 of those claims were made by Logan residents whilst 621 Gold Coast residents claimed for motor vehicle theft.

“We’ve seen a steady rise in car theft claims over the past four years, with December the busiest time of year for thieves,” Ms Ross stated.

In Brisbane, Forest Lake was the top suburb for both home and motor vehicle theft with 79 and 27 respectively. Carindale, Kuraby, Sunnybank Hills, and Eight Mile Plains complete the top five for home theft claims.

As for car theft, Inala, Sunnybank Hills, Bracken Ridge, Annerley, and Brassall round out the top five.

Brisbane’s top five locations for home theft*

Forest Lake 79
Carindale 63
Kuraby 62
Sunnybank Hills60
Eight Mile Plains59

Brisbane’s top five locations for car theft*

Forest Lake 27
Sunnybank Hills, Bracken Ridge19

*2016 – 2019 data / Source: RACQ

“It’s concerning the Gold Coast again tops the list for motor vehicle theft and we’re urging locals to take some simple steps to protect themselves.

She advised residents to never leave keys or valuables in sight and “make sure you’re parking your car in a secure location and keeping the windows up.”

There has been a decline in home theft claims, the report said, but almost 6,000 claims for theft have been made in four years; November was the worst month for break-in.

Ms Ross urged residents to be wary of leaving windows and doors unlocked as it provides an easy way for thieves to walk in and steal belongings. 

“It’s also worth looking into sensor lights and other alarm systems to protect you,” she said.

“Thieves are often opportunistic, so make sure your home is as secure as possible and properly value your items when insuring your home and contents.”